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Interdepartmental Undergraduate Program

http://www.design.iastate.edu

The Design Studies programs bring together courses that deal with the integrated study of the conceptualization, production, visible form, uses, and history of artifacts, buildings, and environments as well as the common qualities and connections among the design, art and planning fields.

Core Design Program

Four Design Studies courses  constitute the Core Design Program: Design Studio 1 (DsnS 102), Design Representation (DsnS 131), Design Cultures (DsnS 183) and Design Collaborative (Dsn S 115). Full or partial credit of the Core Design program is required for all undergraduate students in the College of Design.

Minor—Critical Studies in Design

The undergraduate minor in Critical Studies in Design offers students opportunities to engage the history, theory and criticism of visual and material culture. In lectures and focused seminars, students explore historical and contemporary issues, including cultural production, the built environment, media and technology, design in everyday life, and models of professional practice. The minor is open to all undergraduates at Iowa State University.

Minor—Design Studies

The undergraduate minor in Design Studies is constructed to facilitate design awareness among interested students and to provide a vehicle for multi-disciplinary study within the College of Design. This minor is open to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University.

Minor—Digital Media

The undergraduate minor in Digital Media covers the knowledge and techniques for applying digital representations to generate designs and art. The body of knowledge specializes in the fields of design, art and planning. This minor is open to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University.

Additional information about minors is available in the Student Programs and Services Office, 297 College of Design.

Design Core Program

Design Core Program: 11.5 cr.

DSN S 102Design Studio I4
DSN S 115Design Collaborative Seminar0.5
or DSN S 110 Design Exchange Seminar I
DSN S 131Design Representation4
DSN S 183Design Cultures3
Total Credits11.5

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(1-6) Cr. 4.


A core design studio course exploring the interaction of two-and three-dimensional design. Emphasis on fundamental skills and ideas shared across design disciplines. Investigation of creative process, visual order and materials, and development of critical thinking through studio projects and lectures. Includes study of precedents, contemporary design practices and disciplines in their cultural contexts.

(0-2) Cr. 1. F.

Prereq: Member of Design Exchange Learning Community
Orientation to the College of Design. Introduction to the design disciplines and studio pedagogy. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-2) Cr. 1. S.

Prereq: Member of the Design Exchange Learning Community
Development and clarification of career and academic plans. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(1-0) Cr. 0.5.

Prereq: Member of Design Collaborative Learning Community
Orientation to the College of Design. Introduction to the design disciplines and studio pedagogy. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(1-6) Cr. 4.


An introduction to methods of visual thinking and drawing through studio experiences and lectures. All design fields utilize visual communication and drawing. Focus on the use of drawing as a method for creative problem solving, design development and visual communication. Explore, from observation and imagination, the use of fast sketching and in-depth drawing, using various scales, mediums and processes.

(3-0) Cr. 3.


A broad-based exploration of the dynamic relationship between design and culture, employing case study method to investigate particular examples of cultural production in contemporary society. Design processes and design works are presented as culturally, economically, environmentally, historically, ideologically, politically, and socially grounded events and artifacts.

(3-0) Cr. 3.


Introductory investigations of various digital design media to develop multi-dimensional problem solving, digital communication skills and perceptual sensitivity. Open to all university majors.

(1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable.


Cultural introduction to host country, introduction to faculty sponsor and program of study, the particulars of traveling and living abroad, and financial and logistical preparations. Guest lectures. Required of all students planning to participate in a College of Design study abroad program for 9 or more credits. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(1-2) Cr. 2. Repeatable, maximum of 4 credits.

Prereq: Selection as a peer mentor for the Core Design program.
For students serving as peer mentors for the Core Design Program, under faculty supervision. Development of teaching and leadership skills within the context of design education experiences. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(1-2) Cr. 1-2. Repeatable, maximum of 4 credits.

Prereq: Admittance into one of the professional programs in the College of Design
Opportunity to strengthen leadership, communication and presentation skills. Introduction to student development theory. Students participate in collaborative projects focused on prospective design students. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. R.

Prereq: Permission of adviser or Coordinator of Design Studies
Independent educational enrichment through practical experience. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each term. Available only to students taking course loads of eleven credits or less. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. 3.

Prereq: ARCH 230, ARTGR 275, DSN S 232, or permission of the instructor
Investigations if interoperable digital-design tools, techniques and methods directed at human scale interactive hybrid design from ideation to visualization, synthesis to analysis, and realization to fabrication.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Junior Standing, DSN S 102, DSN S 131, DSN S 183
Exploration of the history, precedents, and practice of public art and public space with a focus on developments since 1970 in the United States and abroad. Course includes development of a proposal for a site specific work of art.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(0-12) Cr. 4-6. Repeatable, maximum of 18 credits.

Prereq: Junior classification in a curriculum in the College of Design and permission of instructor
Advanced interdisciplinary design projects.

(0-12) Cr. 5-7. Repeatable, maximum of 18 credits.

Prereq: Junior classification in a curriculum in the College of Design and permission of instructor
Advanced interdisciplinary design projects.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment.
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment.
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable, maximum of 3 credits.

Prereq: Enrollment in the College of Design Rome Study Abroad Program
Introduction to Italian contemporary culture for design students, including food, religion, fashion, politics, media, and social mores.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

(0-12) Cr. 4-6. Repeatable, maximum of 18 credits.

Prereq: Graduate or senior standing in the College of Design and permission of instructor
Advanced interdisciplinary design projects.

(Dual-listed with DSN S 478). (3-0) Cr. 2-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Senior Classification or graduate standing
Offerings vary with each term; check with department for available sections. Course contact hours can range from (2-0) to (3-0) depending on number of credits.

(Cross-listed with ART H). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Graduate classification and permission of instructor
European art including painting, sculpture, architecture, and crafts; thirteenth through sixteenth centuries.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 12 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form prior to semester of enrollment
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest to the student.