|Faculty:||Faculty of Engineering and Design
|Description:||The industrial designer is one of the professionals who works on a product development team. Industrial designers are responsible for the concept and details that have to be designed before the sophisticated manufacturing process of any product can begin. From toasters and cell phones, to sporting goods, vehicles, and tools, industrial designers work behind the scenes to determine the features, appearance, materials, and ergonomics of the many products you use every day.
The Carleton Bachelor of Industrial Design (B.I.D.) is a unique program that blends design studies with applied sciences, such as math and physics, and social sciences like psychology and business. The focus is on process, from concept and design, through to manufacturing and the everyday use of the product. Design studios, which begin in first year and continue throughout the four-year program, focus on hands-on design projects. Students complement their studio courses with academic subjects like psychology, science, engineering, business, manufacturing and ergonomics. Initially students take more academic courses than studio courses to increase their understanding of areas related to design. By fourth year the educational emphasis is on studio-based practice.