2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 10, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Design Studies Minor

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Pat Crawford, Director
School of Design
Grove Hall 101, Box 2802

Program Information

A minor in Design Studies is a way for students to diversify their education and incorporate design thinking and design skills into their overall academic experience. The minor will allow students in majors outside of the School of Design to take coursework that prepares them to better understand the impact of design. This minor is specifically intended for students outside the School of Design. Students will have the opportunity to earn a minor in a growing field of study that is allied to other design, technical, and communication disciplines.

Design studies teaches design thinking that is core to development strategy employed by many of the world’s most successful businesses and organization. Design thinking creates a culture that is focused on the design way of solving problems. It combines creative and critical thinking. This way of thinking can be applied to products, services, and processes or anything that needs to be improved.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a minor in Design Studies will have the:

  • Ability to develop digital and haptic design methodologies.
  • Ability to conceive two-dimensional and three-dimensional design.
  • Knowledge of basic creative approaches to solve problems.
  • Ability to apply basic strategies for planning and producing design solutions and communicating ideas.

Academic Requirements

Students who are already design majors (Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior design, Studio Art, and Landscape Architecture) will not eligible for the minor. Students may not use the courses from the minor in Design Studies to complete another minor offered by the School of Design. To count toward the minor, courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.”

Course Delivery Format

Course content is delivered through hands-on studio work combined with lectures, demonstrations, and critiques.

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