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Bachelor of Arts in Design (120 Units)

This liberal arts degree provides the opportunity for the student to gain a broad exposure to the discipline. In addition to receiving a foundation through the core courses, the curriculum will also enable students to tailor their studies with electives from inside or outside of the college.

Students interested in the BA program in Design should apply as early in their academic career as possible, but no later than 60 units.

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/impacted_major.html.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take a minimum of 6 units from the following courses:

  • DESN 110 Foundation Design History (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • DESN 268: History and Theory of Sustainability in Design (3)
    Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements or consent of instructor.
  • AH 111A Foundation Art History I (3)
    Prerequisite: One GE Foundation course
  • AH 111B Foundation Art History II (3)
    Prerequisite: One GE Foundation course

Take all of the following courses:

  • DESN 120A Fundamentals of Design (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • DESN 120B Fundamentals of Design (3)
    Prerequisite: DESN 120A or consent of instructor
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: DESN 151.
  • DESN 132A Perspective and Rendering Systems (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • DESN 132B Perspective and Rendering Systems (3) 

    Prerequisites: DESN 132A or consent of instructor
  • DESN 151 Design Materials and Tools (2)

    Prerequisite: None
  • DESN 232 Visualization Techniques (3)

    Prerequisites: DESN 120B, DESN 132B or consent of instructor
  • DESN 255 2D Computer-Aided Graphics (3)

    Prerequisites: DESN 150 or DESN 141 or consent of instructor

Choose one from the following:

  • DESN 141 Interior Architectural Drafting (3)

    Prerequisite: None
  • DESN 150 Design Drafting (3)

    Prerequisite: None

Choose one of the following:

  • DESN 156 3D Computer-Aided Design (3)

    Prerequisite: DESN 150 or consent of instructor
  • DESN 246 Computer-Aided Drafting (3)

    Prerequisite: DESN 141 or consent of instructor

Upper Division:

Choose one of the following:

  • DESN 346 Computer-Aided Design - 3D Modeling (3)

    Prerequisites: DESN 120B, DESN 151, DESN 232, DESN 246; and for BFA: DESN 312; and for BA: DESN 255; or consent of instructor
  • DESN 356 Advanced 3D Computer-Aided Design (3)

    Prerequisites: DESN 120B, DENS 150, DESN 151, DESN 156, DESN 232, and DESN 255 or consent of instructor

Take all of the following courses:

  • DESN 360A Environmental Communication Design (3)

    Prerequisites: 6 units from DESN 110, DESN 268, AH 111A, 111B; DESN 156 or DESN 246, DESN 232, DESN 255 and DESN 346 or DESN 356 or consent of instructor.
  • DESN 360B Advanced Environmental Communication Design (3)

    Prerequisites: DESN 360A or consent of instructor. For Art majors: ART 327 or consent of instructor.
  • DESN 450 BA Senior Project (3)

    Prerequisites: DESN 346 or DESN 356, DESN 360A, and 3 units of DESN History or consent of instructor.

Choose one of the following:

  • DESN 368 History and Theory of Design (3)

    Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
  • DESN 369 History of Furniture and Decorative Arts (3)

    Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.

Take a minimum of 16 units from the following courses:

  • DESN 300, DESN 344A, DESN 344B, DESN 351A, DESN 351B, DESN 352A, DESN 352B, DESN 366, DESN 367, DESN 368, DESN 369, DESN 370, DESN 435A, DESN 435B

Additional Requirements

A total of 120 units is required for degree completion. Students must achieve "C" or better in each course required by the major.


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