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How to Reach the Department of Industrial Design

The Department of Industrial Design's main office is currently open for the fall 2021 semester. We are ready to support you in person, or via email, phone, or video conferencing. If you need assistance, please call us at 303-615-0599 and leave a detailed message; someone will respond within 48 hours. You can also reach us via email at

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Welcome to Colorado's premier Industrial Design program, a hands-on approach to design education

Metropolitan State University of Denver offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Our program is multifaceted, offering courses in textiles, bicycle design, furniture design, prototyping in metals, woods and plastics, and working with outside industry professionals. Students gain marketable skills through hands-on projects in state-of-the-art laboratories, led by professors who work in the industry. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities and to meet with one of our faculty members. 

The curriculum at MSU Denver prepares students for professional design practice by teaching graphic and verbal presentation skills as well as hands-on technical skills to enhance their innate creativity. Collaborative projects with other disciplines and industry partners are a vital part of the curriculum and typically occur in the design-studio classes. Students also do a professional internship as their senior experience to further enhance the real-world learning for which the department strives. Students are required to pass through a portfolio-review process at the end of their sophomore year to allow registration for upper-division studio courses, thus maintaining the quality of the program’s graduates. The details of this process are outlined on the department website and available on hard copy at the department office (AES 200A). Graduates earn a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor in Industrial Design is also available.

   Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Registration Information: If you have questions about your degree plan, please contact your faculty advisor, found via your Student Hub, or email us at


August 23rd - Fall Classes Begin for Full-Semeter Classes

September 6th - Labor Day (Campus Closed)

October 25th - Spring 2022 Priority Registration Begins

November 22nd - 26th - Fall Break

December 11th - Fall Classes End

December 13th - Final Exam Week


Please visit the University Academic Calendar for a full list of important dates and deadlines. 

“I’ve always loved to create things. So when I discovered industrial design, I knew I’d found the right fit. Today, I see adults and younger enthusiasts interact with my designs.”

Sharon Park

Designer for KidRobot | Graduated Spring 2013

Career Prospects

With a degree in Industrial Design from MSU Denver, you might find yourself designing products such as:

Bicycles, cars, computers, furniture, home appliances, toys, medical equipment, skis, and much more.

The biggest take away from this program that is harder to access in the "real world" is the constant availability of someone to get a critique from or to think through a concept with.

Bailey Van Etten

Industrial Designer for Link Product Development | Graduated Fall 2016

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Campus Location:

Aerospace & Engineering Sciences
1449 7th Street
Suite 200A
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:

Campus Box 90, 
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362



The Department of Industrial Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.