Program Information

School: Carleton University
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Design
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Industrial Design
Description: The industrial designer is one of the professionals who works on a product development team. Industrial designers are responsible for the concept and details that have to be designed before the sophisticated manufacturing process of any product can begin. From toasters and cell phones, to sporting goods, vehicles, and tools, industrial designers work behind the scenes to determine the features, appearance, materials, and ergonomics of the many products you use every day.

The Carleton Bachelor of Industrial Design (B.I.D.) is a unique program that blends design studies with applied sciences, such as math and physics, and social sciences like psychology and business. The focus is on process, from concept and design, through to manufacturing and the everyday use of the product. Design studios, which begin in first year and continue throughout the four-year program, focus on hands-on design projects. Students complement their studio courses with academic subjects like psychology, science, engineering, business, manufacturing and ergonomics. Initially students take more academic courses than studio courses to increase their understanding of areas related to design. By fourth year the educational emphasis is on studio-based practice.

URL: Industrial Design at Carleton University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $30,752
Careers: Industrial Designers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 70 to 73

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  • Grade12 Advanced Functions
  • Grade12 Physics

Plus four best 4U/M courses. MCV4U is strongly recommended. Design technology and visual arts are recommended.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio