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Design Major

The design major engages students with new technologies, materials and media in developing the creative processes and critical thinking necessary for the modern designer. The major centers on studio wherein an emphasis on visual communication through digital media is complemented by the traditional focus on art making. Courses in art and design history and theory and in specific media techniques supplement the series of required studios.

A student may take a range of department courses in design or may choose a specific concentration in either graphic design or product design. The graphic design concentration introduces students to the tools and media related to print applications, web-based media, exhibition design, publishing and advertising. Product design concerns the creation of objects used in industrial applications, art objects, furniture, toys, exhibits and trade design, electronic products, household items and recreational equipment.

Design Major: 52 credit hours are required

Foundation – (12 credit hours)
DES 3 - Two-dimensional Design (4) [required for graphic design concentration]
ART 11 - Drawing I (4)
DES 4 - Three-dimensional Design (4) [required for product design concentration] 
OR  ART 7 - Digital Photography I  (4) [required for graphic design concentration]

History – ( 16 credit hours)
ART 1 - Art History I: Ancient to Medieval (4) 
ARCH 1 - Architectural History I (4)
ARCH 2 - Architectural History II (4)
ART 2 - Art History II: Renaissance to Present (4)
ART 220 - 20th-Century Art (4)    [for graphic design concentration]
Arch 210 - 20th-Century Architecture (4)   [for product design concentration]

Core Concentration – (24 credit hours) 
Six elective studio (24) OR concentration in graphic design or product design

Graphic Design: 
DES 53- Introduction to Graphic Design (4)
DES 153 - Graphic Design: Word and Image (4)
DES 253 - Graphic Design: Brand Experience (4)

Plus three elective studios (12) - Two of these electives must be 200 level or higher.

Product Design: 
DES 40 - Product Design I: Form, Process & Concept (4)
DES 140 - Product Design II: Designing for Others (4)
DES 240 - Product Design III: Material to Market (4)
      (OR IPD class in consultation with advisor)

Plus three elective studios (12) - Two of these electives must be 200 level or higher.

Departmental Honors:
Exceptional students in Art or Architecture may apply for departmental honors at the end of their junior year or beginning of their senior year.  To be eligible, a student must have attained a 3.5 GPA in her/his major program and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.  Candidates should submit to the department chair a written proposal, prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor.   The project could result in a research paper, design project, or exhibition, accompanied by an oral presentation.  Successful completion of the project and presentation would result in the “Department Honors” designation being affixed to the student’s transcript.