Product Design Undergraduate Minor

Product design is about creating the future in the form of new objects, systems, and services. It is inherently creative and interdisciplinary and blends design, engineering, business, art, and the humanities. Students will gain experience generating, visualizing, and prototyping innovative concepts.

Admission Requirements:

You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.

Program Requirements:

  • This minor requires a minimum of 16 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and completed with a C- or better.
  • Study abroad and/or transfer courses must be approved by the Product Design Minor advisor.

Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits
PDes 2701/5701 Creative Design Methods (fall term only)
3
PDes 2702/5702 Concept Sketching 3
PDes 3711/5711 Toy Product Design (spring term only)
4
   
Elective Courses (minimum 6 credits) *
Anth 4121 Business Anthropology
3
CEGE 5571 Acara Global Venture Design: Grand Challenges (formerly CE 5571)
3-4
Des 1001 Improvisation for Design
3
Des 3131 User Experience in Design
4
Des 3321 Furniture Design: Exploration (fall term only)
3
Des 5185 Human Factors in Design (spring term only)
3
EE 4951W Senior Design Project
4
EE 4981H Senior Honors Project 1
2
EE 4982V Senior Honors Project 2
2
  (Note: Must be Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering major to take EE courses listed above.)  
ESPM 3603 Environmental Life Cycle Analysis (fall term only)
3
GCC 5005 Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design - What Impact Will You Make?
3
ME 2011 Introduction to Engineering (fall term only)
4
ME 4054W Design Projects
4
Mgmt 3010-001 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (fall term only, design section only)
4
Mgmt 4171W Entrepreneurship in Action I (fall term only)
4
Mgmt 4172 Entrepreneurship in Action II (spring term only)
4
PDes 2703 Concept Visualization and Presentation (spring term only)
3
PDes 3170 Topics in Product Design
1-4
PDes 3703/5703 Product Form and Model Making
4
PDes 3704/5704 Computer-aided Design Methods (spring term only)
3
PDes 3705/5705 History and Future of Product Design (spring term only)
3
PDes 3706/5706 Designing for Manufacture (fall term only)
4
PDes 3715 Design and Food (fall term only, even years)
4
   
  * Additional elective courses may be added in the near future. Check back or consult with the minor advisor once you have applied for the minor.  

 

Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.

Questions:

If you have questions about applying for this minor or if you have already been admitted to the minor and have advising questions, please email our peer advisor at desminor@umn.edu.