The School of Design has changed its undergraduate degree distinction from a BFA to a Bachelor of Design degree (BDes). The new degree is equivalent in rank to a BFA, but acknowledges the growing importance of the design disciplines as separate and distinct from Fine Art. Our undergraduate program prepares students for entry-level employment across a diverse array of design professions.
Students can choose between an undergraduate degree with specialist focus (products/communications/environments) or a broad liberal arts emphasis.
Undergraduate Degree in Design (BDes): Students are introduced to three areas of specialty; Product (Industrial) Design, Communication (Graphic) Design and design of physical and digital Environments. They may choose to specialize in one of the three areas, or pursue a more interdisciplinary focus that combines two of the three.
The design minor is for students admitted to other programs on campus who are interested in gaining fundamental design skills and/or exposure to design.
Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) provides an interdisciplinary experience in one of eight areas of concentration such as Game Design or Intelligent Environments.
Our undergraduate program enables students to develop specialized skills in the areas of Product (Industrial) Design, Communication (Graphic) Design and Environments (design for physical and digital environments), while providing them with a solid foundation in design studies. Students study systems thinking; the ability to see and solve problems at multiple levels of scale, and situate their work within larger social and environmental contexts.