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The BID program provides students with a solid foundation in basic design principles: 2D/3D design, drawing, and delineation along with art and design history and continues with CAD and 3D modeling, drafting, and production methods. Throughout the four-year curriculum there are extensive hands-on studio experiences to develop creative thinking and strategic problem-solving skills, innovative concepts and an understanding of materials processes through prototyping.

The skills to create prototypes of creative work include VR sketching, hand-crafting, photogrammetry, computer-aided design, 3D modeling, and digital fabrication.

Students also learn research principles, business practices to understand user needs, market trends, and technological advancements. Students learn to analyze data, conduct surveys, and observe user behavior to inform design decisions and create innovative solutions keeping in sight sustainability, ergonomics, and the social impact of their creative work.

Creating appropriately functional, sustainable and environmentally friendly products, students gain an understanding of the circular economy and learn to work on reducing waste, improving energy efficiency, and promoting social responsibility through their designs.

With a focus on sustainability and design for social good as well as strategic development and the functionality of the design concept, the Kean University BID program approaches design from a human-centered, environmentally conscious perspective.

Design studio courses emphasize collaboration along with fostering student projects in partnership with companies and professionals from various sectors. This serves as the cornerstone of our educational approach.

BID in Industrial Design

“My time as an industrial design student at Kean University was an inspiring journey of creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. Kean's program nurtured my passion for turning ideas into tangible, functional, and beautiful products. From sketching concepts to prototyping, the skills I gained continue to shape my career, allowing me to design a future full of endless possibilities. I’m grateful for the memories, the learning, and the foundation throughout my Kean experience.”

Jonathan Valera, ‘17
Senior Industrial Designer, Bed Bath & Beyond
Jonathan Valera

Beyond the Studio Classroom

The Robert Busch School of Design faculty believes in learning that extends far beyond the classroom and campus. Students are provided opportunities to become a globally oriented designer by:

  • Building a professional network through participation in the programs and events of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)
  • Gaining real-world experience through a required internship or practicum
  • Attending local, regional and national seminars, workshops and portfolio reviews with professional designers 
  • Entering regional, national, and international competitions 
  • Collaborating across disciplines on real-world projects with occupational therapists, medical students, historians, local governments, veterans, and non-profit organizations 
  • Studying abroad at our campus in Wenzhou, China anytime and/or travel to Rome, Italy for the spring semester junior year (& hop to Milan for the international Industrial Design expo Salone di Mobile
  • Create a professional portfolio and participate in career launch event: Michael Graves College Senior Portfolio Review

In Collaboration

The world renowned ALESSI corporation invited students from the Michael Graves College Industrial Design program to their headquarters in Omegna, Italy to learn about their ideation and working process. The students were then given a creative brief and challenged to design a product for Alessi. See the results exhibited in April at the 2024 Salone di Mobile, Milan, Italy!

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In Collaboration

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

For the past three years, Kean has been one of an elite group of colleges and universities nationwide to be invited to display student work at ICFF, a major global design show.

Kean lecturer Efe Kutuk and students at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Nonprofit Collaboration

Industrial design students collaborate on projects with nonprofits and other outside partners, including the still-in-development Mobile STEM Cabin project for Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.

The interior of a the Mobile STEM Cabin designed by Kean students for the Girl Scouts of New Jersey.
Nonprofit Collaboration

“At Kean University’s Industrial Design program, where ideas took shape as visions and then became reality, I not only honed my skills and embraced my passion but also found a supportive design community. The professors are a well of knowledge, and it was within this environment that I found my path. I had been undecided about my career direction, but once I encountered industrial design, my purpose became crystal clear. In this journey, I forged valuable connections to the design world, learning to shape the world by purposefully blending form and function, igniting my creativity to design the future we all aspire to live in.”

Carlos Carrillo
Industrial Designer, Ontel
Carlos Carrillo


A career in industrial design offers a wide range of challenges and opportunities. Here are some of the career sectors in industrial design:

  • Design Engineering 
  • Design Management 
  • Design Research 
  • Design Strategy 
  • Education and Academia 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Packaging Design 
  • Product Design 
  • Sustainability and Social Impact 
  • User Experience (UX) Design


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Nationally ranked by College Values Online

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Founded in 1944, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 352 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational and other art/design-related endeavors.

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