Industrial Design

Program Overview

The industrial design program prepares graduates to begin working as practicing designers in corporate, consulting, or entrepreneurial positions.  It is a Bachelor of Science degree accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Industrial design students are taught problem solving methodologies, marketing principles, usability research, drawing skills, three dimensional model-making techniques, materials, form theory, color application, manufacturing processes, ergonomics, and design principles.

In Western's Industrial Design program 97% of its graduates working in industrial design or related design fields. Our alumni are professional designers at Nike, HP, Mountain Hardwear, Specialized Bicycles, Sonosite, Microsoft XBox, .Ziba, Burton, Dakine, Intel, Boeing, Pensar, GE, Transition, Intermec, 3M, Proteus, Gillette, Expedia, Valve, Tactile, MSR, TEAGUE, Cascade Designs, Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast, Astro, and many more.


Jolee Nebert

A few days after graduation, Jolee Nebert flew to Paris to work for Adok on their augmented reality project. She then became Chief Industrial Designer of Adok in San Francisco.

Outstanding Industrial Design Grad, 2016
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The Industrial Design program is different than other schools in that it is housed in the Engineering & Design Department. This means that we have access to amazing manufacturing facilities. CNC, waterjet cutters, laser cutter, FDM 3D printing, composites lab, injection molders, extruders, milling machines, welding, CNC routers, paint booths and all of the standard shop equipment that you need to make anything you can imagine. 

The ID faculty have professional design experience and bring that perspective to the classroom. Prof. King was CEO of TEAGUE, the largest design firm in the Pacific Northwest. Professor Morris was Principal of Tool, Inc. a consulting firm in the Boston area. Professor Oslapas was a designer at Haworth Office Furniture in Illinois. Instructor Aiken is an active designer.

The Industrial Design program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). To learn more about NASAD and their accreditation, visit

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“The Industrial Design community reaches well beyond the school, with alumni remaining connected to the program. This involves mentorship from industry professionals and internships being offered to current Western students.”


Dylan Willis, Industrial Design (class of 2021)