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Industrial Design, Bachelor of

Ministry Title: Bachelor of Industrial Design
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Program Code: 22031 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personProgram and course details can be viewed on Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

Industrial designers design products for consumers.  Examples include sports footwear, headphones, wearables and automobiles.

Graduates of the program are in high demand for the practical skills gained through the program’s hands-on learning environment. These skills include sketching, digital graphic rendering, model-making and computer-aided design (CAD). 

The program is project driven, and many of the design projects will involve industry collaboration to ensure real-world relevance.

Students elect a design specialization in Year 3 in one of:

  • automotive design
  • product design or
  • interaction design

Automotive designers design the appearance (styling) of motor vehicles including automobiles, motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Humber is the only industrial design program in Canada that offers an automotive design specialization. 

In product design, there is more emphasis on the method of finding a solution to a user’s problem in order to make doing a task easier or make the user experience with the product more satisfying.

Interaction design is a new offering in the program which recognizes that more and more physical products are integrating a digital component, including touch screens or voice activation. 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Semester 1

Fall 2021 Delivery
IDSN 1001: Visual Communications 1 Online
IDSN 1003: 2D Design Principles Online
IDSN 1004: Concept Modelmaking 1
IDSN 1005: History of Design Online
IDSN 1010: Design Studio 1 Online
Select 1 from the following courses
DEGE: Degree Breadth Elective Online

Work Experience - SEM 6C

Fall 2021 Delivery
IDSN 3599: Industrial Design Work Experience

Semester 7

Fall 2021 Delivery
IDSN 4002: Senior Level Thesis Project 1 Online/In-Person
IDSN 4003: Design Research Method and Analysis Online
IDSN 4006: Design Management Online
Select 1 from the following courses
DEGE: Degree Breadth Elective Online
Required 1 from the following courses
IDSN 4010: Product Design Studio 3 Online
IDSN 4011: Transportation Design Studio 3
IDSN 4012: Interaction Design Studio 3 Online


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Employ industrial design methodology to investigate, conceptualize and generate feasible solutions for design problems.
  2. Conduct systematic human, contextual and technological research to develop appropriate design strategies.
  3. Apply a variety of ideation techniques to develop innovative concepts which improve user experiences.
  4. Communicate by written, oral, visual, physical and digital means to convey design information to a target audience.
  5. Evaluate design work by integrating technical skills and knowledge to iteratively refine design solutions.
  6. Validate concept feasibility by assessing design criteria to justify design decisions.
  7. Collaborate in a design team by contributing design ideas in a manner that demonstrates integrity and adherence to professional expectations.


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Work Placement

This program includes a work placement of 420 hours in the summer between Year three and four.

Humber Industrial Design Success

ACIDO Rocket Awards of Specialty

Inertia Engineering Sustainability Award:
Moriah Gonidis with pakk / Eco Camp Pod

International Red Dot Design Concept Award:

Aaron Bavle with Solace / Construction Workwear

ACIDO Rocket Awards of Excellence

First Place:
Henry Boy with Vagaboard / Micromobility

Second Place:
Bradley Staite with neoink / Tattoo Workstation

ACIDO Rocket Awards of Merit

Designforce Market Ready Award:
Henry Boy with Vagaboard / Micromobility

Eventscape Prototyping Award:
Stephen Bykowy with HORIZON / Enhanced Sleeper Semi-Truck

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The Humber Experience

Industrial Design students

Thesis Show 2021

Visit the Virtual Thesis Show to see the work by graduating students.

Bradley Staite

BRP International Design Competition

Watch the video to see Bradley Staite's road to victory at the 2019 Bombardier Recreational Products’ (BRP) International Design Competition.

Thesis Show and Awards Ceremony

Thesis Show & Awards Ceremony

A recap of the capstone event featuring our 2018 graduating classes thesis projects, and more!

The Humber chair Show Video

Humber Chair Show

The Gladstone Hotel featured chairs from our 2nd year students on this fun night.

The Humber Advantage

automotive car design

Automotive Design Option

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.

industrial collaboration

Industry Collaboration

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

students from international design trip

Design Trips

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!

research opportunities - 2 students with teacher

Research Opportunities

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.

Program History: A Legacy of Success

The Bachelor of Industrial Design became Humber’s FIRST four-year Honours Bachelor’s degree in 2004.  Prior to the launch of the degree, Humber’s Industrial Design diploma had been making connections with industry as far back as 1972!   Building upon its successes, the program has been consistently and continuously updated in order to keep pace with the changing demands of the industry. 

Beginning in Fall 2020, a third specialization of interaction design has been added to the program to complement specializations in product design and automotive design.  This new area of development in industrial design is based on integration of digital with physical products.  Humber is proud to be the first industrial design program in Canada to introduce this speciality.

Our Professors

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.

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Bruce Thomson

RCA MA – Royal College of Art, England, UK
Diploma (Honours) - Ontario College of Art and Design

Catherine Chong

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

Dennis Kappen

Ph.D - Computer Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
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

Di Tao

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

Don Wilson

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

Diploma (Honours) - Ontario College of Art and Design
Professor

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
ARIDO, IDC
Professor

Ken Cummings

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

Odin Cappello

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

Patrick Burke

PhD (Materials Science and Engineering) – University of Toronto
MASc. – University of Toronto
BASc. – University of Toronto
Professor and program co-ordinator

Sandro Zaccolo

M.Des. OCAD University
Advanced Diploma (Industrial Design) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Advanced Diploma (Architectural Design Technology) – Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Your Career

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:

  • sketching
  • digital graphics
  • model-making
  • computer-aided design

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 North Open
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September 2021 North Open

Industrial Design Degree Program

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Industrial Design Student Wins at BRP International Design Competition

Industrial Design Student Wins at BRP International Design Competition

Fri, July 24, 2020

Industrial Design student, Bradley Staite, recently won the 2019 Bombardier Recreational Products’ (BRP) International Design Competition.

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Humber Industrial Design Chair Show

Humber Industrial Design Chair Show

Mon, March 09, 2020

FAST and the Bachelor of Industrial Design program hosted the annual Chair Show on March 9th, 2020 at the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation.

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Humber College Students Won Awards for Four Projects Submissions in this Year’s BOUNDLESS: A POST-SECONDARY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Humber College Students Won Awards for Four Projects Submissions in this Year’s BOUNDLESS: A POST-SECONDARY DESIGN CHALLENGE

Tue, July 23, 2019

This year, the competition received a record-breaking number of submissions from post-secondary schools across Ontario.

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Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology Events

Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation

Humber

Thu, November 07, 2019
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Last Day of Classes

Last Day of Classes

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Fri, December 13, 2019
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Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology News

Women in Leadership - Nancy Sherman

Women in Leadership - Nancy Sherman

Wed, May 26, 2021

Nancy Sherman began ‘jumping in’ long before Sheryl Sandberg introduced the concept of ‘leaning in.’ Nancy has been a trailblazer ever since.

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ICT Capstone Project Expo 2020

ICT Capstone Project Expo 2020

Tue, May 19, 2020

Bachelor of Industrial Design Thesis Show 2020

Bachelor of Industrial Design Thesis Show 2020

Thu, March 12, 2020

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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting July 22, 2020.  Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on 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.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 5 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • Portfolio

  • 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. 

    The sketch is to be drawn freehand (i.e. tracing is not allowed). 

    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 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.

    The sketch is to be drawn freehand (i.e. tracing is not allowed). 

    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.

    The drawing is to be drawn freehand (i.e. tracing is not allowed). 

    Submission #4Three-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 #5Your 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.

  • Writing Sample

  • Part #1
    Describe your knowledge of industrial design, referring to products and designers, as well as styles that you find appealing.  (200 words)

    Part #2
    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)

    Submission Instructions

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i7 (Quad Core) Intel i7 (Quad Core)
Memory Minimum 16GB of RAM
Storage Minimum 250GB storage space (SSD) preferable
Network Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac Built-in Ethernet port (strongly recommended), Long battery life (strongly recommended)
Video Minimum 4GB video RAM/Minimum 24 bit colour (DGAS, DEC, ARC, SNRG, INTD, IDSN) Recommended but not required for LAND and CIVL
Display 1280x1024 video display resolution (DGAS, DEC, ARC, SNRG, INTD, IDSN) Recommended but not required for LAND and CIVL
Other Dedicated graphics card - GTX 1050, 1550, 2060 or higher needed for rendering purposes (DGAS, DEC, ARC, SNRG, INTD, IDSN)

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Patrick Burke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4523
patrick.burke@humber.ca

Current students please send inquiries to: SATadvising@humber.ca.

 

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,245.76
  • international: $20,485.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$1,000 - $1,500 – books, materials, additional software, etc. (per year).

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

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a two or three-year diploma from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80% or better will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level. Diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required. View Terms & Conditions of Degree Scholarships.

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Technological Education

The consecutive BEd (Technological Education) Program at York University is open to Humber graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Industrial Design program. Consistent with all other BEd programs at York, the Technological Education option requires completion of 60 credits offered in two consecutive Fall/Winter sessions in addition to the requirements of the student’s program at the sending institution.

Individuals who successfully complete the Consecutive BEd (Technological Education) program and who have successfully completed an approved applied degree or advanced diploma and a minimum of 2 years (24 months) of work experience related to the areas of Technological Education selected as options in the program of professional education will be eligible for recommendation by York University to receive a Certificate of Qualification in Technological Education from the Ontario College of Teachers so they may teach Technological Education in an Ontario Secondary School. Agreement covers admission up to F/W 2021 session. Candidates must apply to York University.  

 Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Patrick Burke, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4523
patrick.burke@humber.ca

Current students please send inquiries to: SATadvising@humber.ca.

 

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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