Industrial Design Major Admissions

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Sophomore Review

Sophomore Review is held once a year during finals week of winter quarter and is a process of reviewing student work and identifying those that are the most ready to go on into junior year and become a full Industrial Design major. To qualify for this review a student must complete a set of pre-major courses (see below).

A maximum of 12 students are accepted yearly into the junior program and we reserve the right to select less than 12. Typically, 18 to 28 students apply each year for the review.

Virtual Sophomore Review 2021

Due to the current pandemic situation, the annual Sophomore Industrial Design Portfolio Review will be held virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, March 16th of Finals Week. Appointments will be scheduled from 9:00am until 3:00pm at 15 minute increments with a half hour lunch break. A sign-up schedule will be available toward the end of winter quarter.


During the virtual portfolio presentation, each student will have the opportunity to introduce themselves for the first minute or two and then share their screen and walk us through their portfolio projects.

Details of Reivew

Portfolio Requirements for Sophomore Review

  1. Cover page with name, home address, GPA, and photo on the lower right hand side.
  2. One page design statement. This statement may explain why student desires to pursue Industrial Design as a career, their goals, intentions, design philosophy, etc.
  3. A résumé with work history and past university or college experience and high school.
  4. A portfolio consisting of no more than (7) pieces of the student's best work. Work should represent the student's capabilities and skills in industrial design as well as art, engineering, CAD, other computer skills, photography, and any other related field. Original work is preferred unless the project is too large to bring in; then photographs or graphic reproductions will suffice. Each student must show examples of the following:
    • Perspective booklet completed in ID310
    • Hand rendering/sketching examples that show creativity
    • At least one Sophomore ID project
    • Evidence of computer skills (preferably part of an original project)
    • Sketchbook(s) that demonstrate the students thought process, sketching abilities, and creativity.
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The award-winning Insudtrial Design class of 2019

Required Courses

The following courses must be completed with C- or better grade by the end of winter quarter to apply for full major status:

  • ID 110 or ART 110 or DSGN 220 - Foundational Drawing
  • ID 120 - Industrial Design Foundation II
  • ID 210 - Sophomore Industrial Design I
  • ID 220 - Sophomore Industrial Design II
  • ID 310 - Perspective & Rendering I
  • Art 109 - Visual Dialogue
  • MATH 115 or MATH 118 - Pre-calculus II or Accelerated Pre-calculus
  • PHYS 114 - General Physics I
  • ENGR 104 or 197D - Introduction to Engineering & Design

For those who are accepted as ID majors, it is important that the following courses are completed by the end of the Spring quarter: ID 230, ID 130, PHYS 115 and ID 320.  These are prerequisites for junior level courses.