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Design Model Making & Rapid Prototyping Certificate Program

 Design model making is based on the methods and techniques used to explore, record, and communicate the visual information in design. The growth of digital technology has opened up many new areas of development in the representation and construction of models.

Certificate Course Guide

DMP Certificate Course Guide (print version .pdf)

This program is occupational in nature; the courses in the major are not currently transferable to CSU or UC.  Students should consult with their counselors or the Transfer Center to determine the extent to which courses may apply to programs at other four-year institutions.

Complete the following courses:

 DMP 200  Introduction to Model Making and Design  1.5
 DMP 210  Rapid Visualization  3
 DMP 220  Basic Model Making  3
 DMP 221  Advanced Model Making I  3
 DMP 222  Advanced Model Making II  3
 DMP 230  3D Computer Design  3
 DMP 240  3D Rapid Model Making and Prototype Development I  3
 DMP 241  3D Rapid Model Making and Prototype Development II  3
 DMP 260  Modeling and Prototyping Methods and Materials  2
   TOTAL UNITS  24.5

REQUIREMENTS:  Certificates of achievement are granted for the completion of a specified program, or specified courses, whose total requirement is 18 units or more.  These state-approved certificates acknowledge workplace competencies and job readiness. 

Students must complete all courses in the certificate program with a grade of "A," "B," "C," or "P."  A minimum of 12 units in the certificate program must be completed at Irvine Valley College.

WAIVER OF CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS:  Students with previous educational or vocational experience who wish to waive a required course in a certificate program will be expected to verify equivalency by examination.  Petitions for course waivers or substitutions are available in the Counseling Center.

APPLICATION FOR EVALUATION:  Certificates are not awarded automatically.  Students who expect to earn a certificate from the college must file an application for evaluation with the Office of Admission and Records.  Responsibility for filing this application rests with the student, and transcripts for all college work attempted must be on file for the application to be considered.  Filing deadlines for each semester are posted in the IVC catalog and class schedule.

Certificate Program Guide

DMP Certificate Program Guide (print version .pdf)

DESCRIPTION: Rapid Model Making and Prototype Design is a valued part of many industries, including transportation, architecture, product and packaging, media, and entertainment. The growth of digital technology has opened up new areas of development in design representation, such as digital simulation and rapid prototyping. Courses in the program study the elements of creative thinking and interpretation used in the design process, including the techniques and methods used to construct prototypes and models. In advanced courses, students chose a field of specialization to explore methods and materials in a number of options in digital simulation, modeling, and rapid prototyping.

PREREQUISITES/PREPARATION: There are no prerequisites for the first four courses needed for the certificate: DMP 200, 210, 220, & 260. The remaining classes have posted prerequisites in the IVC catalog and class schedule.

PREPARATION FOR CAREER RELATED EXAMS/CERTIFICATION: While the field of model making does not require a special license to become employed, employers rely heavily on an applicant's portfolio as demonstration of his/her skills and abilities. The design model making and rapid prototyping certificate program aids the student in creating a portfolio that will enable him/her to become competitive in the field and/or meet requirements for bachelor's degree programs in industrial or transportation design.

AFFILIATION WITH PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS: The Design Model Making and Rapid Prototyping program is endorsed by the Association of Professional Model Makers.

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE: A student may earn an A.S. degree in Design Model Making and Rapid Prototyping from IVC if in addition to certificate requirements, he/she also meets general education requirements posted in the IVC catalog, class schedule, or See a counselor for more information.

CSU, Los Angeles - B.A. in Industrial Arts
CSU, San Jose - B.S. in Industrial Design
CSU, San Francisco - B.A. in Industrial Arts, Product Design and Development concentration
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena - B.S. in Transportation Design and Product Design
Otis College of Art and Design - B.S. in Interactive Product Design and Toy Design

*see counselor or transfer center for specific transfer requirements

SCHOLARSHIPS/FINANCIAL AID: Cal Grant C helps vocationally oriented students acquire marketable job skills within a short time. Funding is available for up to two years as you work to complete your certificate. Students may contact the IVC Financial Aid office for more information and additional opportunities.

WORK EXPERIENCE/INTERNSHIPS: Just over one-third of local companies employing industrial designers responding to IVC's Industry Needs Survey stated that they had an internship program with over half of non-internship companies expressing an interest in starting an internship program. Please also visit IVC's Job Placement office for additional opportunities.


JOB DESCRIPTION: Industrial designers design everything from toys to appliances using a combination of artistic talent and knowledge of products, marketing, materials, and production methods. Industrial designers may work on an array of products for the automobile, appliance, toy, computer, medical, office, entertainment, and recreational industries. Some may work for internal design departments or for firms who specialize in product design. The two main functions in this industry are design itself and model making, both by hand using a variety of materials, and digitally using specialized software. It is important to have an understanding of both areas though in industry, they are separate functions.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Employment exists within transportation, architecture, product and packaging, media, and entertainment fields. Ninety-six percent of local companies that participated in a recent labor market survey said they would consider hiring a candidate with an Irvine Valley College certificate over those who didn't have one. Companies serving on the IVC advisory committee for the Design Model Making and Rapid Prototyping program include Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Oakley, and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others.

OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK: Commercial and Industrial designers will see a 15.5% increase in employment. Increased demand for industrial designers will stem from continued emphasis on the quality and safety of products, demand for new products that are easy and comfortable to use, and the development of high-technology products in medicine, transportation and other fields. The best job opportunities will be in specialized design firms which are used by manufacturers to design products or parts of products. Designers with strong backgrounds in engineering and computer-aided design and extensive business expertise will have the best prospects.

Commercial & Industrial Designers - $32.73 hourly - $68,078 annually

JOB RELATED SKILLS EMPHASIZED IN COURSEWORK: Modeling with various materials (wood, plastic, metal, foam core, cardboard, & clay), 3-D design, use of PC-based software, use of fabrication equipment,and more.


Association of Professional Model Makers:
Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Community:


DMP Certificate - Program Questions:

Brett McKim
Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

Certificates - Counseling Questions:

Melissa Hughes-Mandani, Career Technical Education Counselor
Guidance and Counseling

Certificates - General Questions & Workshops:

Sharon M. Kennedy
Sr. Admin. Assistant & IVC Contact for WIB/One-Stop Centers
Career Technical Education & Workforce Development

Melody Harper
IVC Workshop Coordinator at OC One-Stop Center
Monday - 9:30A-2:00P
OC One-Stop Center:

For more information, see the Design Model Making and Rapid Prototyping (School of Math, Computer Science & Engineering).

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009; State of California Employment Development Department's Occupational Employment Projections for Orange County, 2004-2014.

The IVC Career Education Resource Guide was made possible by funds from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 (VTEA), Title I-C, Section 132, awarded to Irvine Valley College by the Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges.

Updated 5/29/08 by Michelle Scharf
5/21/09 CTE&WD-smk