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The Major Program

The Department of Design offers a creative, challenging, and flexible approach to the study of design with emphasis on socially responsible, human centered, and sustainable practice.

The Program. Foundation courses: Design and Visual Culture; Design Drawing, Form and Color, and Graphic Design and Computer Technology; are required of all design majors. One additional course in the student's area of interest is required for Preparatory Subject Matter. Depth Subject Matter courses provide: (1) further exploration of design principles and conceptual, formal and technical issues; (2) conceptual and critical development through a series of history and theory classes; (3) in-depth studio experience with projects that demonstrate a research-based, iterative design process. Optional capstone class. A more detailed explanation is available through the Design Advising office in 107 Art Building; 530-752-6244.

Preparatory Requirements. Portfolios are not required for admission to the major. However, it is highly recommended that design students maintain an updated portfolio of visual work for faculty and professional evaluation and consideration for enrollment in specialized courses, including independent study, group study and internship.

Internships, Careers, and Study Abroad. Design students are encouraged to supplement their coursework with internships in design firms, museums, and design related businesses. Design graduates go directly from this program into further graduate study, or professional work including exhibition, fashion, information, interior architecture and product (lighting and furniture), textiles, visual communications (digital, environmental and print) and sustainable design. In addition, students have become entrepreneurs through freelance and commissioned work in many related areas. The Department of Design encourages students to experience design education abroad through a variety of sponsored programs. For more information, contact Education Abroad Center.

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