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Curriculum

In the Design History, Theory and Criticism program, students research, analyze and evaluate buildings, interiors, landscapes and other objects and artifacts. Students investigate the built environment to understand how designs are the result of the cultural, social and economic context in which they are conceived and produced. Students study Western and global design history, modern and contemporary art, and they may explore other subjects through history and theory electives.

  • Course Sequence
  • Major Courses
  • Concentration Courses

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Transdisciplinary Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Transdisciplinary Studio 2
  • FND2002 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND2001 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

Major

  • DME2001 Observation and Imagination Drawing and Illustration Graphics
  • Design History Methods Seminar
  • SSH1001 Social and Political Theory
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • HTC1001 History of Architecture and Design 1

Concentration

  • DME2001 Observation and Imagination Drawing and Illustration Graphics
  • Design History Methods Seminar
  • SSH1001 Social and Political Theory
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • HTC1001 History of Architecture and Design 1

Semester 4

Major

  • Geometric Modeling and Visual Imaging Elective
  • HTC1004 Modern and Contemporary Art
  • SSH1003 Critical Theories
  • HTC1002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • MNS1002 Physics

Concentration

  • Geometric Modeling and Visual Imaging Elective
  • HTC1004 Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Open Elective
  • HTC1002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • MNS1002 Physics

Summer

Major

  • APL1001 Design Studies Practicum 1

Concentration

  • APL1001 Design Studies Practicum 1

Semester 5

Major

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • Advised Global Culture Elective
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • HTC1003 Contemporary Architecture

Concentration

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • Open Elective
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective
  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • HTC1003 Contemporary Architecture

Semester 6

Major

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • Open Elective
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2

Concentration

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Open Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • Open Elective
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2

Summer

Major

  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar

Concentration

  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar

Semester 7

Major

  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 2
  • SSH1004 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Social Science and Humanities Elective
  • Open Elective

Concentration

  • Open Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 2
  • SSH1004 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Social Science and Humanities Elective
  • Open Elective

Semester 8

Major

  • DST1002 Design Studies Degree Project
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Concentration

  • DST1002 Design Studies Degree Project
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Semester 3

  • Design History Methods Seminar

Semester 4

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Critical Theories

Summer Session

  • APL1001 Design Studies Practicum 1

Semester 5

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • Advised Global Culture Elective

Semester 6

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Advised History Theory Elective

Semester 7

  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 2
  • Advised History Theory Elective

Semester 8

  • DST1002 Design Studies Degree Project

Semester 3

  • Design History Methods Seminar

Semester 4

  • Modern and Contemporary Art

Summer Session

  • APL1001 Design Studies Practicum 1

Semester 5

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective

Semester 6

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective

Semester 7

  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 2

Semester 8

  • DST1002 Design Studies Degree Project