Students discussing product project

The common core of courses shared by students in the College of Architecture (interior design, architecture, landscape architecture) and the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, provides students with an understanding of the design and fabrication process at a range of scales.

The minor in product design provides an opportunity to explore design at a smaller, yet related scale. It allows students to develop academic strengths that will prepare them for advanced study and careers in the design of objects that people interact with on a personal level, of a size and function related to human dimensions. This includes furniture and a variety of manufactured objects. The minor is available to students in interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, and art.

Product Design Minor Requirements for College of Architecture Students (15 credits)

  • IDES 201 Introduction to Industrial/Product Design including introduction to empathetic and ethnographic research methods; history; socio-cultural and technological drivers; materials and manufacturing techniques; and contemporary issues. (3 cr lecture); (Fall-Online)
  • ARCH 497 Metals (1 cr lab)
  • ARCH 497 3-Axis Router (1 cr lab)
  • ARCH 497 Plastics (1 cr lab)
  • IDES 301 Material Applications (3 cr lecture) (Fall Semester Only)
  • IDES/ARCH/LARC 417 Product Design (3 cr studio) (Prereqs: DSGN 2XX Intro, DSGN2XX Metals, DSGN 2XX 3-Axis, DSGN2XX Plastics)

Select 3 credit hours from the following:

    • IDES 421 Environmental Graphic Design
    • IDES 445 History of Interiors & Objects (3 cr)
    • IDES 484 Material Culture: The Social Life of Things (3 cr)
    • IDES 491 Courses by permission of the Program Director (3 cr)
    • ENTR 321 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations (3 cr)
    • MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing (3 cr)
    • GRPH 221 Graphic Design I (3 cr)
    • CERM131 Ceramics for Non-Majors - Wheelthrowing (3 cr)
    • CERM132 Ceramics for Non-Majors - Handbuilding (3 cr)
    • SCLP111 Sculpture for Non-majors (3 cr)

Product Design Minor Requirements for NON-Co.Arch students (18 credits)

(Students majoring in Hixon-Lied Fine and Performing Arts, or by permission.)  

Required 12 credits:

  • IDES 201 Introduction to Industrial/Product Design including introduction to empathetic and ethnographic research methods; history; socio-cultural and technological drivers; materials and manufacturing techniques; and contemporary issues. (3 cr lecture) (Fall-Online)
  • DSGN 110 Design Thinking. (3 cr)
  • DSGN2XX Metals. (1 cr lab)
  • DSGN2XX 3-Axis Router (1 cr lab)
  • DSGN2XX Plastics (1 cr lab)
  • IDES 301 Material Applications. (3 cr lecture) (Fall Semester Only)
  • ARCH/IDES/LARC 417 Product Design – (3 credits)

Select 3 credit hours from the following:

    • IDES 421 Environmental Graphic Design
    • IDES 445 History of Interiors & Objects (3 cr)
    • IDES 484 Material Culture: The Social Life of Things (3 cr)
    • IDES 491 Courses by permission of the Program Director (3 cr)
    • ENTR 321 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organizations (3 cr)
    • MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing (3 cr)
    • GRPH 221 Graphic Design I (3 cr)
    • CERM131 Ceramics for Non-Majors - Wheelthrowing (3 cr)
    • CERM132 Ceramics for Non-Majors - Handbuilding (3 cr)
    • SCLP111 Sculpture for Non-majors (3 cr)

Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0107
USA
402-472-9212
( On-campus, 2-9212 )