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Bachelor of Design Studies

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The Bachelor of Design Studies (BDS) is a 4-year degree program that develops designers able to achieve professional success through in-depth investigation, critical analysis, and creative inquiry. You may focus your study with a major in either Sustainable Building Technology or Computational Design.

Studio, drawing, and digital media courses build core skills in design and communication. Courses in design history, art, humanities, and science engage the whole person. Open electives give you the opportunity to explore your own interests.

Graduates are multidisciplinary thinkers prepared to assume responsibilities across a wide spectrum of career opportunities. Our graduates are putting their education to work in firms focused on building design, sustainability, construction project management, and graphic technology. Others work in nonprofits and a number of our entrepreneurial graduates have started their own companies.

Computational Design

Employ computer technologies to enhance and expand a designer’s ability to execute design solutions

Sustainable Building Technology

Learn the principles of efficient and sustainable building systems design

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the path to your degree

Bachelor of Design Studies Curriculum

the highlights

  • Interdisciplinary studies equip students with practical and theoretical skills that can be applied in a wide range of creative industries
  • Students begin learning essential design principles with all BAC students in the first year Foundation segment
  • Students finish their program with a thesis project that they create, develop, and complete under the guidance of their instructors and advisor
  • Instructors are professionals in their fields and bring current practices into the classroom
  • Students build a portfolio of their work to demonstrate their progress and individual design strengths
  • Practicum Seminar—Design Studies’ unique applied-learning curriculum—sets students on a path toward a life of learning and growth

Learn more about our curriculum:

Computational Design
Sustainable Building Technology