Industrial Design Certificate and Degree Pathways

Associate of Science – Industrial Design

The Associate of Science Degree in Industrial Design is offered to provide students with academic and technical skills required for transfer to leading industrial design programs offered at four-year universities. The Associate of Science Degree’s curriculum also provides students with a highly valued skillset needed to enter the modern workforce.

Graduates of the industrial design program can be employed in research and development, rapid prototyping and fabrication, product design, package design, soft goods design, and transportation design. Students in the program will learn how to design products for consumers and industry, as well as utilize advanced surface modeling software and milling programs used for computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing equipment including 3D printers. Students completing this program will also be candidates for a broad range of manufacturing and corporate jobs requiring a combination of technical knowledge and communication skills needed to collaborate with marketing and engineering personnel and skilled workers in various trades and specialties.

Students who intend to transfer must consult with a program advisor or counselor to ensure that the requirements for transfer to four-year institutions of their choice are met. Students who intend to transfer are advised to select General Education option 2 (IGETC) or Option 3 (CSU GE). Option 1 (DVC General education) is not generally advised.

To earn an associates degree with a major in industrial design, students must complete each of the courses required for the major with a “C” grade or higher, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete all general education requirements as listed in the catalog. Certain courses may satisfy both a major and general education requirements; however, the units are only counted once.

Certificate of Achievement – Industrial Design

The certificate of achievement in Industrial Design is intended for students who wish to enter the workforce directly in an industrial design field without transferring to a four year university program. The certificate of achievement prepares students for a career as an industrial design intern, modeler or designer offering technical support, design, modeling and fabrication assistance in an industrial design office.

Industrial design interns and technicians prepare models, presentation drawings, computer models and renderings for the design and production of everyday objects and tools, household products, soft goods, packaging and transportation design.

To earn an associates degree with a major in industrial design, students must complete each of the courses required for the major with a “C” grade or higher, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete all general education requirements as listed in the catalog.

Meet with a counselor

We know that navigating degree requirements can be tricky. Once you have enrolled at DVC, you can schedule and appointment with a counselor to discuss which option is best for you.

Although some students are able to get an entry-level position after completing the program, most students transfer to a four-year university to gain a bachelor's degree in a similar program.

Entry-level career path options:

  • Product Designer
  • Soft Goods (Think Nike) Designer
  • Transportation Designer

For more information on possible career options, please visit the Career Center or schedule and appointment with a counselor. Please note that you cannot meet with a counselor or staff member until you are enrolled at DVC.

Diablo Valley College offers degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects. For a complete listing, see certificates and degrees.

Contact Industrial Design

Contact: Jeffrey Smith
Telephone: 925-969-2382
Email: jsmith@dvc.edu
Office location: ET - 124B campus map