Industrial Design


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Industrial Design at UW-Stout prepares you for careers in product design, designing a wide array of items including medical devices, prosthetics and bicycles, as well as, household and industrial products, tools and devices.

High School Preparation


  • Product Designer
  • Bicycle Designer
  • Medical Device Designer
  • Footwear Technical Designer
  • Sunglasses Designer

Average beginning salary for UW-Stout graduates in this major — $40,000
88% employed in 2012–2013

View our Annual Employment Report for more details.

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Drawing I
2-Dimensional Design Foundations
Survey of Art: Ancient-Medieval
Principles of Engineering Drawing
Freshman English – Composition or Freshman English – Honors I
Fundamentals of Speech

3-Dimensional Design Foundations
Drawing II
Survey of Art: Renaissance-20th Century
Freshman English – Reading or Freshman English – Honors II

or Honors Seminar I
Analytic Reasoning
Health and Physical Education

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Drawing I

Study and application of the principles and mechanics of descriptive freehand drawing using black and white media.

Sculpture I
Introduction to sculptural concepts.

Design Drawing and Concept Visualization
Comprehensive education and training in developing, visualizing, and communicating design ideas through drawing.

Introduction to 2D Digital Imaging
Creative use of digital imaging technology in the visual arts; exploring the development of 2D imagery for both printed and electronic formats incorporating type, vector and raster graphics using layout and composition software.

Graphic Design I
Exploration of the formal qualities of creating effective and informative design. Foundational design elements including line, shape,form and texture; compositional principle concepts of balance, contrast, grid structures and hierarchy.

Industrial Design 1: Product Form and Visualization
Introduction to Industrial Design, with an emphasis on aesthetics, visualization, and the process of designing new products.

Industrial Design 2: Ergonomics
Study and application of human factors to the design of products. Understand the human body and its limitations to create a product that is comfortable,safe, and easy to use.

Industrial Design 3: Product Interface Design
Work and study in an approved position to gain business/industrial/other experience. Normally entails recurring, supervised work periods, each one building and expanding on the previous.


See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Noah Norton, Program Director

230 Applied Arts Building
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715-232-2507

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