Overview

The Major and Minor in Design provides guided instruction and discourse in design process, principles, elements, creativity, problem-based solutions and develops a strong visual literacy and criticism of the role and impact of design in a global society. The program complements the broad knowledge grounded in the liberal arts tradition with specialized technical and aesthetic design skills and expertise.

The curriculum exhibits experiential and cooperative learning in conjunction with independent design research and projects, centralized towards compelling, effective, and culturally sensitive visual communication. For all students, the curriculum embraces the belief that design both enriches and is enriched by its interconnectedness with other areas of human behavior and the environment.

Course Offerings

The Major in Design consists of at least 49 credit hours in art, design, and art history.

Required courses include:

ART 102: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 hrs.)
ART 111: Survey of Ancient through Medieval ART (3 hrs.)
ART 121: Introduction to Drawing (4 hrs.)
ART 123: Design 1 (4 hrs.)
ART 212: Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern ART (3 hrs.)
ART 223: Design 2 (4 hrs.)
ART 231: Typography (4 hrs.)
ART 311: 20th Century ART (3 hrs.)
ART 317: History of Design (3 hrs.)
ART 323: Design 3 (4 hrs.)
ART 343: Practicum (3 hrs.) *to be fulfilled in on-campus Design Lab or professional equivalent
ART 399: Professional Practices Seminar (1 hr.)
ART 351-352: Senior Project (6 hrs.)

A minor in Business or Writing Communication is encouraged. Students are required to prepare and present to the public a portfolio of their work. Students majoring in Design cannot double major in Art.

The Minor in Design consists of 19–20 credit hours in art, design, and art history.

Required courses include:

ART 102: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 hrs.)
ART 123: Design 1 (4 hrs.)
ART 223: Design 2 (4 hrs.)
ART 323: Design 3 (4 hrs.)

One of the following:
ART 231: Typography (4 hrs.)
ART 317: History of Design (3 hrs.)
ART 343: Practicum (2-6 hrs.)

The Minor in Design is not open to students majoring in Art.