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Explore Undergraduate Majors

Explore our undergraduate major options.

The College of Design offers undergraduate majors in architecture, art + design, design studies, graphic design, and industrial design.

ArchitectureArt + DesignDesign StudiesGraphic DesignIndustrial Design
Be a strong, positive force in the creation of healthy and sustainable buildings and communities.Be a creative practitioner or image-maker who brings form to emotions and ideas through the exploration of medium, composition, and storytelling.Investigate the formative role of design in shaping human values and experiences by critically evaluating design through research, writing, and exhibition.Give shape to messages and information in the form of designed artifacts and facilitate people’s interaction with messages and information in the form of physical and digital interfaces.Study human physical and cognitive interaction with artifacts and services in order to discover user experience insights and then create innovative solutions to design problems.
I am interested in:

Designing buildings; making things; digital technology; drawing; building models; geometry; working with materials
I am interested in:

Drawing; illustration; fibers and soft materials construction; digital image making; pattern generation; photography; moving image; visual storytelling; storyboarding; animation; virtual, augmented, and mixed reality; interactive media art; creative coding; game design; interaction design; installation design; interactive and emerging imaging technologies
I am interested in:

Design research; usability research; writing about design; examining design artifacts and material culture; analyzing the impact of design on human behavior, culture, and the environment; understanding the theories that drive design; using design thinking to innovate in fields outside of design
I am interested in:

Branding; data visualization; design research; exhibition design; identity design; information design; interface and interaction design; online and mobile design; publication design; service design; typography; user experience design (ux); virtual and augmented reality (vr and ar)
I am interested in:

Industrial design; product design; human centered design; furniture design; toy design; transportation design; soft goods design (apparel, shoes, bags, etc.); exhibit design; entertainment design; user experience design; medical product design; service design
What skills will I learn?

Architectural design; digital and analog drawing and model making; history and theory; architectural and building technology: structures, construction systems, and environmental control systems; site planning; project leadership
What skills will I learn?

Make creative artifacts; visual storytelling; ideation; experimentation; invent future creative processes and career paths; challenge limits; optimize creative techniques
What skills will I learn?

Research methods; writing; presenting complex ideas; visualizing research; usability research
What skills will I learn?

Brand strategy and design; communication through form and experience; design thinking; human-centered research methods; ideation methods; interaction design methods; planning and organizing of a service; problem-solving and problem-finding; translation of data into form; visualization strategies
What skills will I learn?

Ideation sketching; form giving; empathetic user study; market research; product material selection; production methods; computer-aided design (modeling, rendering, animation, testing); human factors in design; user-centered research methods; rapid prototyping (including 3D printing)
What kind of degree will I get?

Bachelor of Environmental Design (4-year degree); Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch – 5th Year degree, professional degree)
What kind of degree will I get?

Bachelor of Art + Design (4-year degree)
What kind of degree will I get?

Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies (4 years)
What kind of degree will I get?

Bachelor of Graphic Design (4 years)
What kind of degree will I get?

Bachelor of Industrial Design (4 years)
Examples of career opportunities:

Architect; construction; property development; other design professions; city planning; property & building management
Examples of career opportunities:

Game modeler; animator; 3d artist; concept artist; costume designer; set designer; film production designer; lead digital artist; technical designer; product innovator; design consultant; advertising and media; art director; media strategist; ui/ux designer; motion graphics designer; web and social media creative lead; app designer; exhibition designer; arts organization leader; public art muralist; exhibition fabricator
Examples of career opportunities:

Arts education + development; museum education and programs; user experience researcher; information architect; design researcher/strategist; historic preservation; critical writing and analysis for publishing; development officer
Examples of career opportunities:

Our alums practice as graphic designers, creative directors and UX designers at organizations such as: Adobem; Airbnb; Amazon; Apple; Atlantic BT; Black Entertainment Television (BET); Burton Snowboards; Chronicle Books; Citrix; HBO; IBM / Lenovo; IBM Design; IDEO; Inkling; Microsoft; Museums of Modern Art; NBC Universal; Nielson Norman Group; Nike; Pinterest; Proctor and Gamble; RedHat; SAS Institute; The Department of the 4th Dimension; 2×4; R/GA; Second Story; NC Museum of Art; New Kind; New Museum; M Creative; Republic Wireless; Shapiro/Walker; Ticketmaster Mobile Studio; Viget; Walker Art Center; Whitney Museum; Wieden+Kennedy; WGBH Public Television; Yahoo
Examples of career opportunities:

Industrial designer; product designer; human centered designer; furniture designer; toy designer; transportation designer; apparel designer; shoe designer; exhibit designer; entertainment designer; user experience designer
Architecture ProgramArt + Design ProgramDesign Studies ProgramGraphic Design ProgramIndustrial Design Program
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