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Industrial Design

Photo of Reed Fansler.


As a research and development intern at Electronic Theatre Controls, Reed Fansler met with engineers and product managers and then helped design technical product concepts for the company. Read more here.

Majoring in Industrial Design Professional Program

The industrial design major is a professional program with intensive course work to prepare students for professional design positions, particularly in consumer product design. Purdue is unique in that is combines the professional degree with a liberal arts education. This combination prepares students for strong leadership roles as industrial designers. Students learn to create forms that can be manufactured by industry, and they have access to a computer lab designed specifically for the industrial design program, complete with a 3D printer and CNC router.


Upon completion of the program, Industrial Design majors may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • Industrial Designer/Assistant Industrial Designer
  • Associate Consultant
  • Engineering Project Manager

Average Starting Salary: $54,968

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Industrial Design majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Working closely and collaboratively with marketing, merchandising, graphics, engineering, and other team members to create a finished product.
  • Creating sketches, renderings, and aesthetically appropriate models of new concepts both on CAD software and by hand.
  • Communicating with venders and others to ensure that all requirements are met and design stays within the limitations of manufacturing techniques and budget.
  • Composing and pitching concepts effectively to costumers as well as marketing, design, and engineering groups.

Industrial Design majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue. Past graduates have gone on to:


  • Pampered Chef Designer
  • Habro
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Monarch Beverages
  • Delta Faucet
  • Berry Plastics Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Beyond Design

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