Industrial Design

In the Industrial Design program, you will learn how to develop new products that are used in our daily lives. These may include everything from everyday products to mobile apps. You’ll be encouraged to design sustainable products that will last many generations, keeping in mind diverse cultures.

More About the Industrial Design Program

You’ll learn about research, concept development and making prototypes, You will also study how people behave to better understand what their needs are.

An important benefit of studying Industrial Design at OCAD U is that while you’re studying theory, you’ll also be able to take practical, creative hands-on courses, such as design and drawing.

The Industrial Design program is recognized by the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers.

At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Design degree. Get more details about the program.

  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Portfolio (samples of your work and a visual representation of who you are)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements

Graduates of the program work in:

  • Consumer and commercial product design
  • Home and retail furniture design
  • Systems and service design
  • Emerging technologies
  • Interaction and experience design
  • Product and service design for health and wellness

OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our approach is specialized, and individual to every student’s needs and goals. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
  • Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
  • Exclusive summer internships
  • Gallery exhibitions of your work
  • Freelance creative opportunities
  • Jobs after graduation

OCAD University’s dedicated support services will help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills necessary for a meaningful career.



In first year, you’ll take intro classes in topics such as:

  • Form and Structure
  • Drawing for Industrial Design
  • Communicating through Form
  • History and Theory of Visual and Material Culture

In second year, you will study topics in more depth, such as:

  • Emerging Technology
  • Advanced 3D Drawing
  • Material Explorations
  • Contemporary Design Theories and Practices

Third year will feature classes in your interest and more advanced courses, such as:

  • Design for Health
  • Design Research and Innovation
  • Compelling Experience Design
  • Professional Preparation

In fourth year, you will focus on areas of your interest and work on a major design project. You’ll showcase your work at GradEx ̶ OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.