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Design Arts & Practices

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Fine Arts

Program Details

Passionate about art, design and information? Curious about how these passions can come together and improve the world? 

The Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts & Practices provides a foundation in design history, theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. This degree will provide you with the framework to design experiences across a range of scales and media. You will be able to use your creative vision to solve grand challenges and tackle complex problems.

Multifaceted designers play a vital role in communicating complex information through visual communication, and data visualizations, by creating innovative solutions using rapid prototyping and fabrication.

Engage in exciting and dynamic courses with interdisciplinary faculty. Courses are project-based, innovating with new technology, and developing creative strategies to address contemporary issues. History and theory courses construct cultural frameworks for depth and breadth in research and application. A range of courses across art, design, information studies and technology will shape your degree, progressing from core skills into larger theories and issues, culminating in a final capstone project. Capstone projects will tackle challenges spanning fields from social justice, design and the environment.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

ART 100A: Mapping
ART 100C: Gaze
ART 100E: Surface
ART 100G: Propaganda
ART 265: Design Studio I
ART 266: Illustration Studio I
SBE 301: Introduction to Design Thinking
ART 306B: Basics of Animation
ART 361: Design for Web and Devices
ART 363A: Typography I
ARH 370: Introduction to Modern Design History
ARH 319: Introduction to American Art
ARH 321: Introduction to Contemporary Art
ARH 324: Introduction to the History of Photography
ARH 325: History of Modern Architecture
ARH 329: Art History of the Cinema
ART 498: Senior Capstone



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts & Practices will build core skills, including:

  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Data analysis
  • Design thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Software knowledge base
  • Visual communication
  • Digital design

Graduates of the Design Arts & Practices program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Design
  • Web Design
  • Motion Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction