Industrial Design

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Academic Unit: 
The Design School

The Industrial Design program prepares students for a professional career in product design, specializing in the development of manufactured objects used by people on a daily basis. By developing products that are innovative, useful, safe, aesthetically appropriate, ecologically sound and socially beneficial, the industrial design profession serves the needs of society, consumers, manufacturers and the environment.

Students will work on their design project for the studio at a much deeper and more resolved level than the other studio members. Students will do all the design work required for the studio while also integrating/applying their research interests into the project.

Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in Industrial Design should contact the lead FHA, Prof. Dosun Shin at

Faculty Honors Advisors

Dosun Shin

Thesis/Creative Projects: 

The honor students from Industrial Design program work with their studio Instructor and a Design School Barrett Honors Faculty Advisor (Prof. Dosun Shin) to do work beyond the scope of the studio research topic. During the first week of the spring semester students meet with the studio Instructor (who will act as their thesis director) and a Design School Barrett Honors Faculty Advisor to plan their course of study, deadlines, and deliverables for the Honors Thesis/Creative Project. Students’ thesis/creative project director is normally the design studio instructor and the 2nd reader is usually a Design School Barrett Faculty Honors Advisor. If the studio instructor is not a faculty member (i.e. they are a Faculty Associate), their director must be either another Industrial Design faculty member, or the Barrett Faculty Honors Advisor, who will monitor and advise them to make sure that they are meeting both the criteria of the honors thesis and the senior studio.

The written portion of their honors thesis/creative project is a document that illustrates an understanding of the research topic, their methodology for integrating and applying the topic within their studio project, a conclusion as to the result of the application of the research in the design project, a review of literature, a bibliography, and illustrations. Students should integrate their design solutions into the document as support for the argument of their thesis/creative project.

Academic Preparation: 

For the upper-division honors credithonors, students are required to take the directed study/proposal (IND492, 1 credit) in the Spring of their Junior year and thesis (Senior Studio, 5 credits) in the Spring of their Senior year. 

As per the Barrett Honors College recommendations, students must have a Thesis Director/Chair and one other (second) reader. The Design School adheres to these guidelines, but reserves the option to add on a third reader or co-Director/Chair from the faculty or from the professional community on a case-by-case basis.

Other Honors Opportunities: 

Contracts are created on a case-by-case basis, and students can reach to the following Industrial Design faculty to discuss their thesis topics or research.
Dosun Shin,
Lauren McDermott, 
Magnus Feil, 
Dean Bacalzo,