The Industrial Design Program at Carleton University School of Industrial Design prepares graduates for professional practice. Industrial designers work in teams where they contribute to the development of products, systems and services. The Bachelor of Industrial Design(BID) degree requires education and experience in anticipating psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence design decisions. In the case of tangible products or systems, the industrial designer needs to have a good grasp of manufacturing, materials as well as physical principles. A blend of creative, technical and social science competencies is therefore important. The industrial designer is often responsible for communicating and contextualizing conceptual ideas in an interdisciplinary team that may involve anthropologists, management, marketing, engineering and manufacturing specialists. This requires us to produce graduates who have a unique contribution in such an interdisciplinary environment and who are adept at working with professionals from other fields as well as their own. Design at the School has shifted towards the front end of the design process by incorporating more research and problem identification into projects. At the graduate level, the School has introduced the new MDes program at Carleton University that focuses on interdisciplinary methods. The School of Industrial Design has been described as “a jewel” by upper administration of Carleton University. We believe this is because the program is small, unique and very prolific when it comes to the positive attention that student and faculty work receives in the media. The program is also personable and intimate, where instructors know students by their first name. This unique attribute is also treasured by faculty, students as well as alumni of the School. We endeavor to be one of the top industrial design programs in North America, by: 1. Providing a challenging and globally relevant program of industrial design studies founded upon a blend of creative, engineering, and social science competencies that is continually adapting to changing skills needed in the profession. 2. Maintaining strong interdisciplinary ties to related areas in Engineering, Business, Psychology, Anthropology, Human Computer Interaction, Architecture and others. 3. Attracting high quality students to the program. 4. Graduating students who continue on to successful careers. 5. Sustaining extensive links to industry and opportunities for School of Industrial Design students to participate in industry-sponsored projects, co-op placements, internships, and visits to industry. 6. Building a diverse team of high caliber full time faculty, adjunct faculty, practitioner, instructors, and guest lecturers. 7. Encouraging the passionate involvement of faculty, staff and students in the School’s activities and environment.
Globalization has had a strong effect on the design profession, which has had to reinvent itself to put industrial design into a context where products are designed and produced globally in a much more competitive environment. Not only are most products produced off shore, the design is increasingly shifting towards those shores as well. As the School always had a proactive attitude to internationalization as a form of natural resource coming from the inside, didactic and research already had great results while participating and winning international design competitions, developing researches with international partners, acting as consultancy for the development of new programs of industrial design abroad, developing international projects, being present in the major research and design international networks, organizing Summer Schools for our students abroad. At the moment, SID is present within the board of Exit with the right to vote and also within ICSID. Moreover, we look forward to joining Cumulus Association too. Furthermore, it is a matter of fact that our entire Faculty have an important presence within international conferences, also as keynote speakers, and there is a big space to work for the future in those networks opening at the same time good chances for visibility for SID.
The School of Industrial Design has extensive links to industry and the public sector. Students in fourth year typically work directly with industry on their fourth year major project. Students are also required to do an internship in industry and some are hired back after graduation. Ottawa also presents specific and interesting opportunities for students to work in the public sector at government departments, national museums and the National Capital Commission. Many projects involve collaboration with industry nationally as well as internationally. The program is recognized by the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario(ACIDO). The program does not require formal accreditation. In The United States the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) provides voluntary accreditation that could be pursued by the School.
- Providing a challenging and globally relevant program of industrial design studies founded upon a blend of creative, engineering, and social science competencies that is continually adapting to changing skills needed in the profession, - Maintaining strong interdisciplinary ties to related areas in Engineering, Business, Psychology, Anthropology, Human Computer Interaction, Architecture and others, - Attracting high quality students to the program, - Graduating students who continue on to successful careers, - Sustaining extensive links to industry and opportunities for School of Industrial Design students to participate in industry-sponsored projects, co-op placements, internships, and visits to industry, - Building a diverse team of high caliber full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, practitioner instructors, and guest lecturers, and - Encouraging the passionate involvement of faculty, staff and students in the School’s activities and environment.
faculties and departments
School of Industrial Design, Faculty of Engineering and Design
bachelor level programs
Bachelor of Industrial Design Program normally completed as a 4-year program (fall + winter terms). Many students take a one year leave of absence between third and fourth year to complete Co-op or internship.
master level programs
Master of Design in Industrial Design Program normally completed as a 2-year program (fall + winter terms).
research activity and main areas
Advanced materials and manufacturing processes, advanced visualization, design and culture, design management, extreme environments, human-oriented design, product interaction design, sustainable design, and strategic design research
doctorate level programs
subject areas for exchange students
April 15 for September admittance October 15 for September admittance
September 1 to December 22January 1 to April 22
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Approximate Costs: Per month - living in residence $1,200, off campus $800. Per term - health insurance (UHIP) $252, books and supplies $650, transportation $250, personal expenses $1000.