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Design History, Theory, and Criticism Curriculum

In the Design History, Theory, and Criticism program, 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, how it 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 Design History, Theory, and Criticism curriculum 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. The Design Studies Practicum helps students connect their studies to applications in the workplace.

  • All Segments
  • Segment I
  • Segment II
  • Segment III

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Summer

  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective

Semester 5

Semester 6

Summer

  • Open Elective

Semester 7

Semester 8

 

Total Academic Credits: 121

*DHTC Concentration allows open elective in lieu of required courses or specific electives

Semester 3

Semester 4

Summer

  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective

Semester 5

Semester 6

Summer

  • Open Elective

Semester 7

Semester 8

 

Total Academic Credits: 121

*DHTC Concentration allows open elective in lieu of required courses or specific electives