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Industrial Design, Bachelor of

(Ministry name: Bachelor of Industrial Design)

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22031 Length: 8 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) minimum 60 per cent (Students who do not possess Grade 12U Mathematics or who have achieved a grade below 60 per cent may be considered for admission. Students will be required to complete a math equivalency course during their first semester at Humber. Additional course fees will apply.)
    • Four Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Additional Requirements:

Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, reference, etc. These vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthClosedClosed
September 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $7,612.00
  • international: $15,881.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$1,000 to $1,500 – books, materials, etc. per year; additional software.

For information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Patrick Burke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4523



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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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 academic criteria and results of these additional requirements. This document contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Additional Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio and a writing sample.

i. Portfolio
Applicants must submit a portfolio that includes six creative pieces. The requirements for these submissions are as follows:

Compulsory Portfolio Submissions (four required submissions)

Submission #1 – Perspective line drawing of a chair (two-point perspective). You may use your choice of medium for this piece. You are encouraged to include black line with construction lines to show proper perspective methods. Construction lines must be drawn freehand, not with the aid of a ruler.

Submission #2 – Perspective line drawing of one of the following three kitchen appliances:
a) Kettle
b) Coffee maker
c) Kitchen stand mixer
This piece should be drawn from an actual appliance or device and not from your imagination or an abstract method.

Submission #3 – Colour still life study that demonstrates your use of colour and composition. You are encouraged to group everyday objects such as fruit, small appliances, pottery or shoes.

Submission #4 – Three-dimensional work that demonstrates your manual construction  This document is available in alternate format upon request. skills (e.g. sculpture, furniture, science projects, hobbies, craft work (jewelry), home construction and other examples that you have made).

Compulsory Submissions of Your Choice (minimum two required submissions)

Submissions #5 and #6 – Submit examples of projects/pieces of your choice that further demonstrate your skills and design sense. Examples include two-dimensional work such as sketching, drawing, CAD and graphics, three dimensional work (see description for Submission #4), or type of work that is not included in the list above.

Be sure to title each submission and briefly describe it (maximum 50 words).

Submissions #7 and #8 (optional) – Refer to instructions for Submissions #5 and #6.

ii. Writing Samples

Writing Sample #1
Applicants will complete a 200 word writing sample describing their knowledge of industrial design and what skills and talents they possess that drew them to this program.

Writing Sample #2
Additionally, applicants must list their extracurricular activities (e.g. hobbies, passions, volunteer work) as well as full-time or part-time work and describe how these experiences will enhance the applicants’ success in the program. (200 words).

Submission Instructions
Applicants must submit the portfolio and writing sample through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary 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.

Deadline for Submission
All additional requirements should be submitted by March 23rd or 3 weeks from the date of application, whichever date is later.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

The core of Humber’s Industrial Design degree program is learning and applying design strategies through a series of studio courses. How do we do that?

In each semester, you’ll undertake at least two design projects, many involving corporate clients to ensure real-world relevancy. You’ll learn how to generate innovative ideas, work them into preliminary sketches and designs, and bring them to life through the creation of computer-generated 3D models and rapid prototypes. 

You’ll also develop professional-level skills that are vital to support your work as a designer. Sketching skills are stressed throughout the program. One of the key competitive advantages that sets our program and our graduates apart is our emphasis on developing strong 3D computer-aided design (CAD) skills, which are highly valued by employers. Using Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), you’ll do extensive digital designing and editing.

By the end of the program, you’ll be able to apply various problem-solving methods to resolve a design challenge. The critical first step is to determine the connection between the user and the product. Once that is identified, your creative challenge is to meet the function, form and emotional needs of the user.

The program also includes courses in design management, marketing, as well as entrepreneurship. This unique blend of courses will give you a critical edge in both initial job placement and future career advancement.

Courses Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Design, document and communicate high quality interior design propositions of varying size, scope and complexity employing principles of evidence-based design methodology.

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate a strong aesthetic sensibility and style, resulting in design solutions with visual appeal.
  • Articulate a well-supported argument justifying a design concept or creative design solution.
  • Articulate the difference and relationship between a product’s form and function and the emotional and experiential needs it fulfills.
  • Articulate design strategy in the context of business strategy.


Work Placement

Humber’s Industrial Design degree program includes a work placement of 420 hours in the summer between the sixth and seventh semesters. This gives you the hands-on, real-world experience that employers value. The placement also gives you the opportunity to explore the field you’d like to work in when you graduate.


The Humber Experience

Watch the video to learn about the Bachelor of Industrial Design program from students.

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Watch the video above to learn more about the Winter Stations Competition 2017.

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Watch the video to learn about the Bachelor of Industrial Design program from students and faculty

The Industrial Design Chair Show

chair images from design show

The 17th Annual Bachelor of Industrial Design Chair Show was held on Wednesday, March 1 at the Gladstone Hotel.

The Humber Advantage

Facilities & Equipment

All industrial design students take studio drawing, perspective and computer drawing, rendering classes, and studio classes in which they develop their model-making skills. Our on campus facilities and machines at Humber include:

  • Model shop for working in wood, metal, plastic or composites
  • CNC 3 axis milling machine
  • Two rapid prototyping machines. A dimension ABS plastic RP machine and a Z Corp 3D Color RP machine that can incorporate color and uses starch based powder
  • Paint booth

Software & Technology

This program's computer facilities include a dedicated computer lab as well as other shared facilities. The lab has an array of peripheral devices including several laser printers, a slide scanner, and a flatbed scanner. The software that we incorporate into our curriculum includes 3D Modelling CAD, Alias, SolidWorks, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Painter.

Industry Demand

The Industrial Design program at Humber is the first to offer a unique blend of liberal arts, applied science courses, and hands-on experience. This combination gives our graduates a critical edge in both initial job placement and future career advancement.

Some of our industry partners include ABC Group, Autodesk (Alias), Bayer Material Science, Bombardier Recreational Products, Cosmoda, Ontario Science Centre, Research In Motion (RIM), Sertapak, Shape Products, Umbra and Magna International.

Our Faculty

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

Patrick Burke

PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) – University of Toronto
M.Sc. – University of Toronto
B.Sc. – University of Toronto
Professor and program co-ordinator

Odin Cappello

MA (Industrial Design) – The Pratt Institute, NY
BA (Fine Arts) – SUNY New Paltz, NY

Catherine Chong

MDes (Multimedia Design) – Swinburne University, Australia
BA (Industrial Design) – RMIT University, Australia

Ken Cummings

MA (Adult Education) – Central Michigan University, Michigan, USA
BSc (Industrial Design) – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA

Dennis Kappen

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

Glenn Moffat

BA (Industrial Design) - OCAD University

Di Tao

MA (Industrial Design) - UIAH University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
Diploma of Industrial Design - Southeast University, China

Bruce Thomson

AOCA – Ontario College of Art
RCA MA – Royal College of Art, England, UK

Karen White

MA (Art History) – York University
BA - Honours (Art History) – Queen's University
Advanced Diploma (Interior Design) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Don Wilson

MDes – Royal College of Art, London, UK
Diploma (Honours) – Ontario College of Art and Design

Sandro Zaccolo

Advanced Diploma (Industrial Design) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Advanced Diploma (Architectural Design Techology) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning


Your Career

Look around. Almost everything in your office or home, other than clothing, is designed by an industrial designer. Laptops and mobile devices, sports cars and off-road recreational vehicles, contemporary furniture and lighting, running shoes and sports equipment, designer kettles and cappuccino makers – these are just a sampling of the products industrial designers create.

For a product design to be successful, the designer must start by analyzing the connection between the product and the user. As an industrial designer, you’re a combination of an engineer and an artist, thinking and designing in 3D.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.