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Industrial Design, Bachelor of

Ministry Name: Bachelor of Industrial Design

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: 22031Length: 8 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

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

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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 #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

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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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $8,038.82
  • international: $17,504.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,061.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,878.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$85.00$85.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,046.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,893.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$70.00$70.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$4,046.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,893.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$70.00$70.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,936.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,003.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$70.00$70.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

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

Additional Costs

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

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

Pathways

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

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Graduates from recognized institutions in Ontario with the same program learning outcomes as the Humber program may be eligible for admission into an advanced semester.

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PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • 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.

Programs:

  • MBA
  • Master of Management
  • MBA Strategic Management Concentration

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 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

Program Specific Questions

Catherine Chong, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4523
catherine.chong@humber.ca

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

 

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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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Industrial designers/product designers create a wide variety of consumer products that are used daily such as headphones and bluetooth speakers, sports footwear and eyewear, and automobiles and motorbikes.

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Select and employ appropriate visual languages to investigate, analyze, interpret, develop and articulate ideas for two and three-dimensional projects.

  • 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.
  • Produce sophisticated design proposals emphasizing three-dimensional quality of space achieved through architectural detailing.

  • Employ computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided industrial design (CAID), and appropriate 2D and 3D graphic software to create graphic presentations and marketing materials.
  • Integrate sustainable practices in the design process and demonstrate leadership by educating users in these principles.

  • Incorporate principles of user-centered design, human factors and ergonomics in design solutions.
  • Analyze the complexity of forces – economic, political, physiological, sociological and technological – which influence the design of the physical environment.

  • Select the appropriate process(es) and materials for manufacture for a given production volume.
  • Select appropriate methods and materials to achieve the technical functionality and aesthetically pleasing built environment.

  • Support the marketing function with design strategy supported by graphic/3D materials.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human behaviour and the built environment and the implications in preparing design solutions.

  • Source information on copyright, mechanical patents, and protection of intellectual property, as applied and practiced in the professional field of industrial design.
  • 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.

  • Develop a business case for and present design solutions to a variety of stakeholder in keeping with professional standards and practices.
  • 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.

  • Work collaboratively with clients to develop an understanding of the product requirements, leading to a design brief.
  • Confidently employ appropriate professional accountability, personal and business ethics demonstrating competency of industry practices.

  • Work in a team effectively, utilizing skills of collaboration, negotiation, compromise and conflict resolution.
  • Employ appropriate conventions of measurement, scale, site measuring, drafting and volumetric manipulation through a variety of manual and digital modeling techniques.

  • Speak clearly and persuasively for design concepts and resources.
  • Design to exceed the minimum standards of applicable laws, codes, regulations, and practices that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

  • Plan and manage projects, demonstrate good time management skills, be a self-starter, and show resourcefulness.
  • Employ both convergent and divergent thinking in the process of observation, investigation, speculative enquiry, ideation, rationalization and implementation of design solutions.

  • Conduct themselves with honesty and integrity, demonstrating professional accountability.
  • Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary.

  • Employ a variety of methods of design to develop design solutions.
  • 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.

  • 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.


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Work Placement

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

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019NorthOpenOpen

Humber Industrial Design Success

2018 Rocket Show

Awards of Excellence

ACIDO First Place: Aaron Bayle with Solace (Humber College)
ACIDO Second Place: Philippe Gagne with Genesis (Humber College)

Awards of Merit

Design 1st Market Reach Award: Aaron Bayle with Solace (Humber College)
Eventscape Prototype Award: Joshua Liyanage with Rapid Surf Rescue (Humber College)

Award of Specialty

Array Sustainability Award: Harley Schneider with Vam (Humber College)
Umbra People's Choice Award: Philippe Gagne with Genesis (Humber College)

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.

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Patrick Burke

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

Odin Cappello

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

Catherine Chong

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

Ken Cummings

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

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
ACIDO
Professor

Glenn Moffat

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

Di Tao

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

Bruce Thomson

RCA MA – Royal College of Art, England, UK
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

Don Wilson

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

Sandro Zaccolo

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

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The Humber Experience

The student experience video

The Student Experience

Watch the video to learn about the program from students' perspective.

Thesis Show and Awards Ceremony

Thesis Show and Awards Ceremony

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

The Humber chair Show Video

2017 Humber Chair Show

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

The Humber Advantage

automotive 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.

Umbra industry 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

international Design Road Trips

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

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.

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