In order to continue with your application for Bachelor of Industrial Design, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on both academic criteria and results of the portfolio assessment. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.
A portfolio is a collection of work which tells us about your creative and problem solving abilities, your drawing skills and how you present yourself as an artist and designer. Your portfolio is reviewed by Industrial Design faculty to determine your suitability for the program.
Applicants must submit a portfolio that includes five creative pieces. Be sure to title each submission and briefly describe it (maximum 50 words each piece).
The requirements for these submissions are as follows:
Submission #1 – Perspective line drawing of a chair (two-point perspective). You are encouraged to work in black line for the chair and to use construction lines to show proper perspective methods.
Include a small photograph of the chair you have drawn as part of the submission page. You may use your choice of medium for this piece.
Submission #2 – Perspective line drawing of one of the following three kitchen appliances:
b) Coffee maker
c) Kitchen stand mixer
This piece should be drawn from an appliance or device and not from your imagination or an abstract method. Use construction lines to show proper perspective methods.
Include a small photograph of the appliance or device you have drawn as part of the submission page. You may use your choice of medium for this piece.
Submission #3 – Colour still life study that demonstrates your use of colour and composition. You are encouraged to group everyday objects such as fruit, pottery or shoes. We will assess your representation of realistic details: shade and shadow, depth, tonal value and texture.
Include a small photograph of the object(s) you have drawn as part of the submission page.
Submission #4 – Three-dimensional work that demonstrates your manual construction skills. Examples include sculpture, furniture construction, home construction, craft work (e.g. jewelry that you have designed), and costume design (e.g. Comicon).
Submission #5– Your choice
Submit one example of projects/pieces of your choice that further demonstrates your skills and design sense.
Possible examples include:
a) Something you designed and fabricated including the conceptual sketches and the finished piece;
b) Images from a sketchbook you keep of products, figures or objects that inspire you;
c) CAD drawings or digital graphics that show your talent as a designer (e.g. SolidWorks, Keyshot, or Illustrator, respectively);
d) A sketch, drawing or painting that illustrates your artistry.
Not acceptable is photography and abstract art.
For assistance with your drawing skills, we recommend:
‘Sketching: The Basics’ by Roselien Steur and Koos Eissen, Amsterdam BIS Publishers, 2016.
ii. Writing Sample
Describe your knowledge of industrial design, referring to products and designers, as well as styles that you find appealing. (200 words)
Describe the skills and talents you bring to the Industrial Design program. List your extracurricular activities (e.g. hobbies, passions, volunteer work) as well as previous work experience. How do you think these experiences will contribute to your perspective of design, as well as help you as a student of design? (250 words)
Applicants must submit the portfolio and writing sample through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where additional requirements are collected, scored and stored. Please visit humber.slideroom.com and create your free account. Once logged in, please find “Bachelor of Industrial Design” from the list of programs, and submit your portfolio according to the instructions provided.
Applicants must save each submission as a PDF file no larger than 5 MB each. All submissions must be labelled as the corresponding submission requirement (e.g. Portfolio Submission #1).
All additional requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.
Applicants must meet both academic and additional requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.
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Industrial designers/product designers create consumer products that are used daily such as:
You will learn in a hands-on environment, with many of your design projects involving industry collaboration to ensure real-world relevance. You will develop skills such as model making and computer-aided design (CAD), and further develop and refine your sketching abilities and design thinking. A variety of techniques for resolving design challenges are taught.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Meet the professional criteria as established by the ACIDO Charter (The Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario), demonstrating core competencies in skills, knowledge and design methodology in industrial design meeting.
Select and employ appropriate visual languages to investigate, analyze, interpret, develop and articulate ideas for two and three-dimensional projects.
Explain how products work; how products can be made to work better for people; what makes a product useful, usable, and desirable; and how products are manufactured and serviced.
Produce sophisticated design proposals emphasizing three-dimensional quality of space achieved through architectural detailing.
Communicate concepts and requirements to other designers and colleagues who work with them, and to clients and employers. This need to communicate draws upon: verbal and written forms, two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, and levels of detailing ranging from sketching to engineering drawings.
Integrate sustainable practices in the design process and demonstrate leadership by educating users in these principles.
Employ computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided industrial design (CAID), and appropriate 2D and 3D graphic software to create graphic presentations and marketing materials.
Analyze the complexity of forces – economic, political, physiological, sociological and technological – which influence the design of the physical environment.
Incorporate principles of user-centered design, human factors and ergonomics in design solutions.
Select appropriate methods and materials to achieve the technical functionality and aesthetically pleasing built environment.
Select the appropriate process(es) and materials for manufacture for a given production volume.
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human behaviour and the built environment and the implications in preparing design solutions.
Support the marketing function with design strategy supported by graphic/3D materials.
Assess the implications for interior design presented by key developments in current and emerging materials, media and technologies and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary design practice.
Source information on copyright, mechanical patents, and protection of intellectual property, as applied and practiced in the professional field of industrial design.
Employ effective and professional communication skills and techniques to interact, negotiate and undertake collaborative efforts including meaningful discussion of one’s work in an open studio environment, with audiences, clients, markets, end-users and team members.
Develop a business case for and present design solutions to a variety of stakeholder in keeping with professional standards and practices.
Confidently employ appropriate professional accountability, personal and business ethics demonstrating competency of industry practices.
Work collaboratively with clients to develop an understanding of the product requirements, leading to a design brief.
Employ appropriate conventions of measurement, scale, site measuring, drafting and volumetric manipulation through a variety of manual and digital modeling techniques.
Work in a team effectively, utilizing skills of collaboration, negotiation, compromise and conflict resolution.
Design to exceed the minimum standards of applicable laws, codes, regulations, and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Speak clearly and persuasively for design concepts and resources..
Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation, rationalization and implementation of design solutions.
Plan and manage projects, demonstrate good time management skills, be a self-starter, and show resourcefulness.
Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary.
Conduct themselves with honesty and integrity, demonstrating professional accountability.
Analyze information and experiences in order to articulate an academically structured, sustained and well-supported argument supporting a design issue or creative interior design solution.
Employ a variety of methods of design to develop design solutions.
Identify and analyze the customer needs of an identified target market.
Find relevant information that informs the design process, employing a number of techniques and skills including: observation, expert interviews, market information, and various digital search techniques.
Employ a variety of ideation techniques, including: sketching, brainstorming, rapid sketching, analogy, metaphors, symbols, and form exploration/sketch modeling.
Develop a design solution which meets users’ needs, derived from concept development, product aesthetics (form, color, texture, haptics) that reflects market trends, human factors (including ergonomics, user interaction, and safety), model making, materials and technology, sustainable design, manufacturing feasibility and design validation, and cost.
Demonstrate good problem solving abilities.
Develop creative and innovative solutions.
Articulate design strategy in the context of business strategy.
Humber’s Industrial Design program includes a work placement of 420 hours in the summer between year three and four.
You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want. PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) – University of Toronto MA (Industrial Design) – The Pratt Institute, NY MDes (Multimedia Design) – Swinburne University, Australia MA (Adult Education) – Central Michigan University, Michigan, USA Ph.D - Computer Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology Diploma (Honours) - Ontario College of Art and Design MA (Industrial Design) - UIAH University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland RCA MA – Royal College of Art, England, UK MA (Art History) – York University MDes – Royal College of Art, London, UK Advanced Diploma (Industrial Design) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning Our program will give you a competitive advantage in finding employment. Humber graduates are in demand by employers not only for their design thinking, but for their skills, such as:
MASc. – University of Toronto
BASc. – University of Toronto
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BA (Fine Arts) – SUNY New Paltz, NY
BA (Industrial Design) – RMIT University, Australia
BSc (Industrial Design) – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
MDes – Industrial Design Centre Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
BEng – CRCE, Bombay University, Bombay, India
Special Certificate in Industrial Design – Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
Diploma of Industrial Design - Southeast University, China
Diploma (Honours) - Ontario College of Art and Design
BA - Honours (Art History) – Queen's University
Advanced Diploma (Interior Design) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Diploma (Honours) – Ontario College of Art and Design
Advanced Diploma (Architectural Design Techology) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
You’ll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.View Faculty Credentials
PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) – University of Toronto
MA (Industrial Design) – The Pratt Institute, NY
MDes (Multimedia Design) – Swinburne University, Australia
MA (Adult Education) – Central Michigan University, Michigan, USA
Ph.D - Computer Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Diploma (Honours) - Ontario College of Art and Design
MA (Industrial Design) - UIAH University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
RCA MA – Royal College of Art, England, UK
MA (Art History) – York University
MDes – Royal College of Art, London, UK
Advanced Diploma (Industrial Design) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Our program will give you a competitive advantage in finding employment. Humber graduates are in demand by employers not only for their design thinking, but for their skills, such as:
A recap of the capstone event featuring our 2018 graduating classes thesis projects, and more!
Students with a passion for automotive design can elect to take an Automotive Design Studio in each of the last 4 semesters of the program.
The automotive option at Humber is the only one offered in Canada, with dedicated studio projects with companies such as GMC and Kiska, a world-ranked design studio in Austria.
Take a look at some of our Automotive Work here.
Take a look at an automotive studio session with international design firm Kiska here.
Many of the design studios have industry collaboration, which ensures real-world experiences. In some cases it can bring an opportunity to have your design manufactured.
The past year, Umbra and Canadian Tire created an excellent opportunity which resulted in 3 student teams of two to have their design manufactured.
Take a look at the winners for the Umbra Competitions
Design trips to Europe and Asia are done annually in April. These trips involve various design aspects, from visiting design studios and companies, as well as seeing cultural spots along the way. Our students come back enriched with new cultures and new ideas from their travels.
Some places visited include Germany, England, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Japan.
Click here to view photos from our trips!
Ooyavah Inc., an Ontario business specializing in 3D technology, was developing an Apple iPad case that allows glasses-free viewing of 3D content. This innovative product is the result of a collaboration between Ooyavah and Humber's Industrial Design Program.
Humber faculty member and lead product designer Odin Cappello coached the industrial design students throughout the design process.
Click here to learn more about this project.
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