Course Description

Design an original project—from the initial concept to the final rendering—with the processes used by professionals. This course explores it all: research and analysis, concept generation, design development, engineering principles, material fundamentals, mechanical layout, ergonomic principles, 2D design sketching and rendering, and presentation techniques. Students are guided through the design process through weekly assignments and project reviews, with emphasis on developing innovative and compelling design solutions. Instruction also helps develop skills in thinking and communication, design language and aesthetics, and sustainable design.

- Through weekly Zoom meetings, students will work under the guidance of instructor expertise to achieve their work in a virtual studio environment.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Introduction to Product Design
7:00PM to 10:00PM
Jun 03, 2021 to Aug 05, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • On-Line Distance Learning
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Materials List
  • 11X17 drawing paper

  • Pen

  • Pencil

  • Black thin marker

  • Notepad. 

Course Requirements:

  • This course requires you to have a computer with an internet connection, a camera and mic to participate in an online course setting; ZOOM Web Conferencing App and [Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Procreate or equivalent digital drawing software] installed. 

  • In addition, students will need access to a scanner or camera to digitally capture and transfer drawings to computer software.

  • As an Otis Extension student, you are eligible for select software discounts which can be found online under the software company’s education section of its website. 

  • Educational license is available here

Section Notes
  • All times are listed for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
  • Course teaching method: Synchronous 
  • Synchronous: Taught through an online learning environment, allowing for the instructor and students to meet during scheduled times. Includes lectures, demos and discussions via Zoom.
  • Courses details are subject to change. Please check this page regularly to verify information. After registering for a course, visit your student profile page for updates.



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