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University of Utah    
  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 General Catalog

Multi-Disciplinary Design Program

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College of Architecture + Planning
375 S. 1530 E. Room 235 Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-581-8254
Fax: 801-581-8217

Director: Cord Bowen

The MDD program at the University of Utah is a product design program granting a Bachelors of Science in Design and a Design Minor to undergraduate students. The program admits students upon completion of their university general education requirements and a series of Design prerequisites. Upon admission to the program via portfolio review, the students complete two coordinated years in the major.

The MDD curriculum maps the future of design through production, research, strategy, and entrepreneurship. This prepares students to be multi-disciplinary product designers, design researchers, product development experts, directors, practitioners, visionaries and leaders. This broad perspective allows students to understand different design specialties and engage and focus on their own design process. The program seeks to reinvent traditional design education with updated responses to the modern world we live in. The MDD curriculum is organized into four categories of study: Studio, Technical, History/Theory and Practice. In addition to courses listed in the Design program, the curriculum leverages existing University of Utah faculty and courses from Fine Arts, Communication, Business, Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology.

The Design Major is for students who want to make Design their main focus. Design majors seek careers in the design profession, design management or design research. Graduates from this program go on to work in a professional capacity or may choose to pursue a graduate degree as well.

The Design Major offers intensive training in design process and making, while also exposing students to a wide variety of relevant fields and expertise as shown below.

The Design Minor is for students that wish to supplement their education with a foundation in design and some additional skills. This minor will help students differentiate themselves from their peers as they pursue degrees in business, psychology, communication or engineering. The Design Minor is completed with a capstone studio experience.

Admission to the Design major is through an application and portfolio process outlined online at Admissions are conducted once a year at the end of the spring semester. Students must have all prerequisites and University general education requirements completed by the semester of application. The admission process includes an online form, letter of intent, and portfolio submission. There is no admission process for the Design Minor.

University of Utah students interested in the Design program should contact our college advisor, to set up an initial advising session (

Students who are actively pursuing prerequisites with the intent of applying must declare their major as Pre-Design as soon as possible. This allows us to communicate and notify potential students of portfolio workshops, lectures, and other opportunities.


Undergraduate Program

Please see the Design B.S. and Design Minor listed in the Programs and Course Offerings.

Admission Requirements

Please note: Students entering the Design major after Spring of 2017 should refer to the Design Foundations program requirements in the information for the College of Architecture + Planning  .​

Programs and Course Offerings


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