Associate of Fine Arts in Design

What You Will Learn

The Industrial Design track offers a diverse and interdisciplinary studio environment whereby students gain insight to multiple areas of design and their influences within industry, society and profession. Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising are areas that make up the studio culture in the Design Program at CCM.

The Industrial Design track provides a comprehensive foundation for students transferring to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a Bachelor of Industrial Design (B.I.D.), Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. Contemporary and traditional skillsets acquired at CCM provide the student with immediate opportunities in industry as CAD designers, Industrial Design Assistants or Interns, Production Assistants, and Manufacturing Assistants.

Why Study Industrial Design at CCM?

County College of Morris has designated studio classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment and software available to all design students during their academic studies at CCM. The class size average is 13:1 in the studio; this ratio fosters a mentoring relationship between the student and professor. Studios are supplied with materials and resources that allow extensive opportunities for creative exploration in research and process.

Career Opportunities

Associate Degree:

  • Solidworks modeler
  • CAD modeler/designer/drafter
  • Industrial design assistant/intern
  • Production assistant
  • Materials and manufacturing assistant


Bachelor’s Degree:

  • Industrial designer
  • Automobile designer
  • Accessories designer
  • Tableware designer
  • Footwear designer
  • Bicycle designer
  • Car body designer
  • Ceramic designer
  • Ceramic mold designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Package designer
  • Rug designer
  • Snowboard designer
  • Textile designer
  • Tile designer
  • Toy designer
  • Ergonomic designer
  • Sustainable designer
  • Universal designer

Where You Can Go

Upon completion of the Associate in Fine Arts degree (AFA), the majority of Industrial Design track students transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree: Bachelor of Industrial Design (B.I.D.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Student have transferred to the following institutions based on their portfolio and GPA from CCM:

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
  • Kean University
  • Montclair University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Academy of Art University
  • Otis College of Art and Design

Students uncertain about their career goals or preference of Design discipline are offered opportunity for exploration within this program.

Contact Info

Art and Design Department
Emeriti Hall, Room 102

Professor Kelly Whalen
Design Special Projects