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:

A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:

  • 2.80 already admitted to the degree granting college
  • 2.80 transferring from another University of Minnesota college

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.

Students are held to the course requirements in place at the time of their admission. As requirements may change in the future, students should refer to their minor APAS for the requirements applicable to them.

Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits
PDes 2701 Creative Design Methods (fall term only)
3
PDes 2702 Concept Sketching 3
PDes 3711 Product Innovation Lab (spring term only)
4
or PDes 5711 Product Innovation Lab
4
   
Elective Courses (minimum 6 credits) *
Anth 4121 Business Anthropology
3
Anth 4035 Ethnographic Research Methods
3
ARTS 3890 3D Modeling and Digital Fabrication
4
Des 1002 Improvisation for Design
3
Des 3131 User Experience in Design
4
Des 3321 Furniture Design: Exploration (fall term only)
3
Des 3322 Furniture Design, Practice
4
Des 5185 Human Factors in Design (spring term only)
3
EE 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
4
ESPM 3603 Environmental Life Cycle Analysis (fall term only)
3
GCC 3005 Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design - What Impact Will You Make?
3
LAW 5026 Intellectual Property and Technology ProSeminar
ME 2011 Introduction to Engineering (fall term only)
4
Mgmt 3010 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 3170 Topics in Product Design
1-4
PDes 3704 Computer-aided Design Methods 1: Solid Modeling and Rendering (fall term only)
3
PDes 3705 History and Future of Product Design (spring term only)
3
PDes 3715 Design and Food (fall term only, even years)
4
SCO 3001 Supply Chain and Operations
3
   
  * 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.