Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design
Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

1. I would like to apply to the Industrial Design program as a transfer student. What are the requirements? What is the minimum number of credits/units required for transfer students?

Is a portfolio required?

A: Applicants who meet the minimum major-specific requirements and competitive ranking based on the CSULB Supplemental Application will be invited to submit a portfolio electronically. Instructions for electronic submission of the portfolio and the deadline for submission will be communicated in the invitation. Applicants to the BS in Industrial Design must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of the portfolio in order to be admitted into the option.

See additional information under the BS Transfer Students section.

For additional information on admissions please visit our General Admissions Page.

2. What is the Portfolio Review?

A: Portfolio Review is held in the beginning of the Spring semester. Students must first pass the portfolio review before acceptance into Junior studio classes. Portfolio material is based on projects completed in the lower‐division design courses. Students are eligible to submit their portfolio after completing lower‐division design requirements (by Fall before review) and a Portfolio Review application, available and due in late Fall before the review.

3. I would like to pursue a second bachelor degree or master degree at CSULB. What are the requirements?

A: Unfortunately, the Industrial Design program is not accepting second bachelor degree applicants nor master degree applicants at this time. For complete information regarding other CSULB second bachelor degree programs, please refer to Admissions' Post‐Baccalaureate section.

4. Is there financial aid available? Are there any scholarships/fellowships?

A: For complete financial aid information, please contact the Financial Aid office.

The following scholarships are available to CSULB Design students:

The Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship—$2000

The Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarships—two at $1200 each

The Duncan Anderson Memorial Scholarship—two at $6000 each

The Dan Lucas Memorial Award to a graduating senior in Industrial Design

5. I am a foreign student/graduate. I would like to study Industrial Design at CSULB. What can I do?

A: For complete information regarding international students, please refer to CSU Mentor's International Student section. Financial Aid is not available to foreign students. For information regarding tuition costs
for international students, please refer to Registration Fees (see non‐residents section).

6. I would like to take some courses but I don't want to be enrolled in the bachelor's program.

A: You can apply to the Open University program. Available classroom seats are limited through this
program. Most of the courses available are freshmen and sophomore courses. For complete information, please contact CCPE, College of Continuing and Professional Education.


Current Students

1. I recently transferred to the ID program. What courses do I need to take?

A: Please take the courses specified in the 5‐year Industrial Design flow chart or schedule an appointment with our ID program advisor, Jose Rivera‐Chang or David Teubner. You don't need to repeat courses that were automatically transferred (please review your Transfer Credit Summary Report available at MYCSULB
or Enrollment Services at Brotman Hall).

2. How do I read the Industrial Design flowchart?

A: The flowchart provides a guideline for students in planning their design course schedule. The flowchart is broken down into 5 years, 2 semesters each. Students are not required to follow the provided course pattern, but must meet prerequisites before enrolling into any design course. Prerequisites are listed in the flowchart provided, but it is the student's responsibility to refer to the current CSULB catalog for updates and changes.

3. What is the Portfolio Review?

A: Portfolio Review is held in the beginning of the Spring semester. Students must first pass the portfolio review before acceptance into Junior studio classes. Portfolio material is based on projects completed in the lower‐division design courses. Students are eligible to submit their portfolio after completing lower‐division design requirements (by Fall before review) and a Portfolio Review application, available and due in late Fall before the review.

4. Some of the design courses I took in my other school didn't transfer, what can I do?

A: Please schedule an appointment with the ID program advisor, Jose Rivera‐Chang or David Teubner.

For the day of the appointment, you need to bring:

  1. A copy of Transfer Credit Summary Report available at MYCSULB or Enrollment Services.

  2. A copy of the unofficial transcript from the other school.

  3. Your original portfolio, if you have one.

5. Are there any internships / sponsorships available in the Industrial Design Program?

A: The ID student projects are sponsored by some of the most prestigious institutions and corporations
in the world. Internships and jobs are available to students on a competitive basis.

6. Is there any student travel / exchange program available?

A: Yes, Industrial Design students have access to exchange programs in Europe (usually during the
summer) and travel across the country on field trips to major design studios and corporations.

  1. 7.If I were to purchase my own computer, what do I need to run the required software?

A: The Design Department recommends computer specifications for those who would like to provide their
own computer when taking the lab classes. Download the following PDF file for the latest minimum specifications.

09-Computer Requirements.pdf

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