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Design History Theory and Criticism

Bachelor Design Studies

In the Design History, Theory, and Criticism Concentration, students will explore the principles of design and how design influences human activity. The student will develop an understanding of how the built environment has been shaped in the past, is being shaped now, and the forces that will shape it in the future. Through the rigorous application of research and analysis, students will study spatial design in the broadest context examining the environmental, social, cultural, economical, political, technical and aesthetic influences on the design process as well as on the "finished product" itself.

The curriculum of the Design History, Theory, and Criticism Concentration covers a wide range of history and theory topics, design courses and general electives. This breadth of inquiry allows students to pursue a course of study tailored to their own interests and career objectives.


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In the Design History, Theory and Criticism program, students research, analyze and evaluate buildings, interiors, landscapes and other objects and artifacts. More