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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 Foundation Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Foundation 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

  • APL1000  Introduction to Practicum
  • DME2001 Observation and Imagination Drawing and Illustration Graphics
  • Design History Methods Seminar
  • SSH1012 Social and Political Theory
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • HTC2001 History of Architecture and Design 1

Concentration

  • APL1000  Introduction to Practicum
  • DME2001 Observation and Imagination Drawing and Illustration Graphics
  • Design History Methods Seminar
  • SSH1012 Social and Political Theory
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • HTC2001 History of Architecture and Design 1

Semester 4

Major

  • Geometric Modeling and Visual Imaging Elective
  • HTC1004 Modern and Contemporary Art
  • SSH1003 Critical Theories
  • HTC2002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • MNS1002 Physics

Concentration

  • Geometric Modeling and Visual Imaging Elective
  • HTC1004 Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Open Elective
  • HTC2002 History of Architecture and Design 2
  • MNS1002 Physics

Summer

Major

  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective

Concentration

  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Elective

Semester 5

Major

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • Advised Global Culture Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum
  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • HTC2003 Contemporary Architecture

Concentration

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • Open Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum
  • SSH1002 History and Modernity: Special Topics
  • HTC2003 Contemporary Architecture

Semester 6

Major

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2

Concentration

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • Open Elective
  • Arts Elective
  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2

Summer

Major

  • Open Elective

Concentration

  • Open Elective

Semester 7

Major

  • Advised History Theory Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 2
  • SSH1101 Design Studies Research Seminar
  • Social Science and Humanities Elective
  • Open Elective

Concentration

  • Open Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 2
  • SSH1101 Design Studies Research Seminar
  • 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

Semester 5

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • Advised Global Culture Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 

Semester 6

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

Semester 7

  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 
  • SSH1101 Design Studies Research Seminar
  • Advised History Theory Elective

Semester 8

  • DST1002 Design Studies Degree Project

Semester 3

  • Design History Methods Seminar

Semester 4

  • Modern and Contemporary Art

Semester 5

  • Advised Interior Design or Landscape Architecture Elective
  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 

Semester 6

  • DST1001 Design Studies Advanced Studio
  • Advised History Theory Elective

Semester 7

  • APL1002 Design Studies Practicum 
  • SSH1101 Design Studies Research Seminar

Semester 8

  • DST1002 Design Studies Degree Project