BA in Design Studies

Units required for Major: 48
Minimum units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies is intended for students who are interested in understanding the role of design and material culture within a broad social, political and cultural discourse. The program takes as its formative assumption that design is everywhere, from the smallest objects around us to the cities and landscapes we inhabit, and, that along with visual images, constitutes a vital language with which we as a society express our values and desires. 

Design Studies graduates will be prepared for career opportunities as researchers and administrators in the design field, working with private and public agencies. Graduates will also be academically prepared to enter M.A. and Ph.D. programs in design studies or design history.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Design Core Courses (21 Units)
DSGN 4Design and Thinking3
GPHD 20History Of Graphic Design3
GPHD 25Visual Basics3
INTD 20Design3
INTD 25Design Fundamentals3
PHOT 11Digital Photography I3
PHOT 20The Photographic Self3
Required Lower Division Art/Design Elective (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Art, Religions, and Power before 1400
Art, Empires, and Cross-Cultural Exchange, 1400-1800
Global Modern and Contemporary Art
History of Islamic Art
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Art of the Americas
Required Upper Division Courses (21 Units)
DSGN 101World Design and Visual Culture3
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills3
INTD 123Survey of Western Architecture and Interiors3
INTD 124AAmerican Design3
INTD 125Urban Design and Society3
PHOT 101Photography, Inception to Mid-Century3
PHOT 102Photography, a Social History3
Required Upper Division Elective (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Modern Art
US and Caribbean Art: Race and Representation
Latin American and Latino Art History
Contemporary Art
Asian Art and Mythology
California Architecture and Urban History
Images Of America
Principles of House Design
Total Units48

General Education Requirements

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (6 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course0
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.0
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies
Area F Course
Total Units43