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  Nov 22, 2017
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Design, B.S.

Major Requirements for Design

Architecture Building 235

Minimum Degree Hours: 122
Minimum Major Hours: 71

The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Multi-Disciplinary Design uses product design as a vehicle to investigate design research, human centered design principles, interface development, articulation of product forms, materials and digital manufacturing principles The program encompasses a curriculum with four substantive areas applicable to all design education: Studio, Technical, History/Theory and Practice. In addition to the classes and faculty from the Design program, the proposed curriculum leverages and has been developed with existing University of Utah faculty and courses from Fine Arts, Communication, Business, Bio-Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology. This program will train our students to compete in an ever increasingly complex work environment and a thorough understanding of ethical conduct and social responsibility through these specific concepts:

  • inquiry and project-based learning
  • critical thinking skills
  • experimentation with multiple ways of problem solving
  • visual literacy
  • innovation and invention
  • team building and collaboration
  • identifying authentic real-world tasks and challenges
  • design research
  • human centered design principles

Admission Requirements:

Students interested in the multidisciplinary design major should declare their major as pre-design. At the end of the sophomore year, the student applies for admission to full major status in Design. Admission to the major will be based on a review of portfolio of previous design work that applicants have carried out in the preadmission course work. The review will look for completeness, capability, craftsmanship and aesthetics. In addition, students will be required to have at least a 3.0 GPA. The application/review process will occur each spring; admitted students will begin the program the following fall semester. Studemts must complete all general requirements and design pre-requisites to apply.

Graduation Requirements:

  • All premajor and major courses must be completed with a C- or better.
  • Third and Fourth year courses must be done in residency at the University of Utah unless approved by advisor.
  • Course work 10 years old may not be accepted toward a degree

Pre Design Courses

Design Courses

(Complete 3 courses)

Design Workshop Courses

(Complete 2 courses)

Math Courses

Physics Courses

Required Major Courses

Practice Courses

(Complete 4 courses)

Sample 4-yr Degree Plan

Note: This is just a sample. Log into DARS/GPS (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 17.5

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 13.5

Second Year

Fall Semester

Total Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 18

Third Year

Fourth Year

Total Hours: 15

Spring Semester

Total Hours: 12