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Bachelor of Industrial Design

In the Bachelor of Industrial Design program students develop problem solving skills around design solutions and learn how to work collaboratively with diverse teams. The program balances creative talent with art, technology and business. Part of student learning includes studio work and industry-sponsored design competitions.

Students gain additional hands-on, practical experience through a Mandatory Work Placement, scheduled to occur in the summer (May to August) between Year 3 and Year 4. The degree standard is 14 consecutive weeks of full-time paid employment (minimum 420 hours), although unpaid work arrangements will be considered.

All work term requirements must be successfully completed in order for students to advance to Semester 8.

Work/Study Sequence

  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 Break
Year 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Break
Year 3 Semester 5 Semester 6 Mandatory Work Placement
Year 4 Semester 7 Semester 8  



Work Placement Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled as a full-time student;
  • Successful completion of all core courses to the end of Semester 6; and,
  • Successful completion of Work Preparation sessions in conjunction with Professional Practices (IDSN 3005, Semester 5).

International Students

In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, International students must obtain a Canadian Co-op Work Permit (CWP) prior to commencing work. As part of your acceptance package you will receive a letter from Humber to be used in your application for the CWP. You can apply for a CWP when you apply for your Study Permit. You may also apply for your CWP after you arrive at Humber.

Note: Proof of application for the CWP is required to access work placement opportunities in the online job board. For additional information on the CWP application process, please visit Humber’s International Office at

Student Skills and Capabilities

Market research, branding, ideation, product development Sketching, renderings 2D and 3D cad modelling (SolidWorks, Photoshop, Illustrator) Model making Rapid prototyping

Typical Industry Sectors

Design consultancies, manufacturing, exhibits, point-of-purchase displays, store fixtures, home accessories, furniture, lighting, novelty items, toys, automotive, sporting goods.