Industrial Design Major Study Away Advising Guide

The Global Education Office and the Art Department have compiled the following information for Industrial Design majors to assist in planning for a semester of study away. Students should let their Academic Advisor know as soon as possible about their plan to study away so they can help fit this experience into the student’s graduation plan.

Academic Planning Prior to Going Away

Successfully Complete the Following Courses Before Studying Away

In order to be eligible to study away, students in the Industrial Design major must successfully complete the following courses at Allegheny prior to studying away:

  • FS-101, FS-102 OR SWS-105 *wording TBD 

When should I study away?

It is recommended that students in the Industrial Design major study away in the spring of sophomore year, the fall of junior year, or the spring of junior year. Because the Industrial Design major requires a two-semester comp, Industrial Design majors cannot study away during the fall of senior year. 

Allegheny’s graduation requirements state that a student’s final 16 semester credit hours before graduation must be taken in academic residence on campus, therefore study away during the second-semester senior year is not allowed without the permission of the Dean’s Exemption Committee.

Plan Around Your Junior Seminar/Senior Project

ART 580 Junior Seminar is offered every semester, so Industrial Design Majors may study away either fall or spring of junior year. Due to high enrollment demand in this class, students should reach out to the Department Chair as soon as they have plans to study away so that they can obtain priority enrollment in ART 580 for the junior year semester that they are in residence at Allegheny. 

Courses that Must Be Taken on Campus

The following courses in the Industrial Design major cannot be taken during a study-away program: 

  • ART 580
  • ID 600
  • ID 610

How Studying Away Counts Towards the Major

Industrial Design majors may focus on coursework in the foundational core, intermediate core, or track-specific core while studying away. 

There is no limit on the number of credits from study away that can transfer back towards the Industrial Design major.

Suggested Programs for Industrial Design Majors in the Art Department

The following is a highlighted list of sponsored study away programs that have approved coursework for the Industrial Design major

Denmark: DIS Copenhagen Students study in Copenhagen, Denmark; for the fall or spring semester. DIS offers substantial coursework in Architecture Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, and Urban Design. Students pursuing the Interaction Design track will find many applicable Computer Science courses, while students interested in the Sustainable Design track can choose from myriad Environmental Science and Sustainability courses (the theme of sustainability is a hallmark of DIS coursework). Beginning students can take foundation design courses, while students with more preparatory coursework at Allegheny can send a portfolio for evaluation for advanced placement. All classes at DIS are conducted in English.

Italy: John Cabot University Students study in Rome, Italy; for the fall or spring semester. John Cabot University offers courses in a wide range of topics and disciplines, with an emphasis on site-based learning in Rome. Industrial Design majors can pursue courses at both introductory and more advanced levels in drawing, illustration, 3D design, and graphic design. Industrial Design students pursuing the Interaction Design track can choose from several applicable Computer Science options. All classes at John Cabot are conducted in English.