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Design Minor

DESIGN Intrdiscp Assoc Dean
College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
The design minor is an interdisciplinary program that shows how design can be used as a catalyst for exploration and research. Choosing from a selection of both lecture and studio courses, students are introduced to the history, theory, and practice of design across multiple design disciplines. With the design minor, students may compose their own individual program in which they will understand the interdisciplinary nature of the design process, appreciate the role design plays in everyday life, experience design thinking and action, explore and expand their own design interests, and understand how to work with designers in their chosen field. The design minor provides an integrated education in design where students enhance their learning by making connections between traditional design courses and nontraditional views of design.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Two courses may double-dip with the the student's major or other minor. The minor requires a minimum of 18 total credits.
Category A: Introductory Design Thinking "Big Picture"
Courses from this category introduce students to the scope of design thinking. These courses combine lectures with projects or case studies.
ARCH 1701 - The Designed Environment (3.0 cr)
or DES 1000 - D@MN: Design@Minnesota [AH] (3.0 cr)
or DES 1101V - Honors: Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design [ENV] (3.0 cr)
or LA 1401 - The Designed Environment (3.0 cr)
Category B: Introductory Design Thinking "Hands-on"
Courses from this category introduce students to design thinking and making in a studio setting.
ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I [AH] (4.0 cr)
or DES 1111 - Creative Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
or DES 1111H - Honors: Creative Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
or DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (3.0 cr)
or GDES 1315 - Foundations: The Graphic Studio (4.0 cr)
or GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design (4.0 cr)
or LA 1301 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing [AH] (3.0 cr)
or ME 2011 - Introduction to Engineering (4.0 cr)
or PDES 3702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (2.0 cr)
or PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
or PDES 5702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (2.0 cr)
or PDES 5711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
Category C: Electives
Courses from this category allow students to explore design from a variety of perspectives. Take three or four courses to complete the total required credits for the minor (18).
Take 3 - 4 course(s) totaling 10 - 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ADES 4121 - History of Costume (4.0 cr)
· ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3411V - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3412H - Honors: Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3641 - Introduction to Heritage Preservation (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711V - Honors: Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4423 - Gothic Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4432 - Modern Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4434 - Contemporary Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4461 - North American Indian Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4413 - Systems Approach to Residential Construction (4.0 cr)
· DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (3.0 cr)
· DES 3131 - User Experience in Design (4.0 cr)
· DES 3160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 3170 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 3309 - Storytelling and Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 3311 - Travels in Typography (3.0 cr)
· DES 3321 - Furniture Design: Exploration (3.0 cr)
· DES 3331 - Street Life Urban Design Seminar (3.0 cr)
· DES 3341 - (un)Wrapping It Up: New Materials for Design, Design for New Materials (3.0 cr)
· DES 3351 - Phenomenon of Everyday Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 3361 - History of Modern Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 4160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 4165 - Design and Globalization [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· DES 4301 - Metaphor and Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 5160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 2342 - Web Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 2345 - Typography (4.0 cr)
· GDES 2399W - Design and its Discontents: Design, Society, Economy and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop (4.0 cr)
· GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4352 - Design Process: Bookmaking (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5341 - Interactive Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5342 - Web and Interface Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5386 - Fundamentals of Game Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5399 - Theory of Electronic Design (3.0 cr)
· HSG 3482 - Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology [TS] (3.0 cr)
· HSG 4413 - A Systems Approach to Residential Construction (4.0 cr)
· HSG 5481 - Promoting Independence in Housing and Community (3.0 cr)
· IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 [GP] (4.0 cr)
· IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present [HIS] (4.0 cr)
· JOUR 3745 - Mass Media and Popular Culture [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· KIN 3505 - Intro to Human-Centered Design (3.0 cr)
· LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3001 - Understanding and Creating Landscape Space (3.0 cr)
· LA 3002 - Informants of Creating Landscape Space (3.0 cr)
· LA 3003 - Case Studies in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design (3.0 cr)
· LA 3413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes [TS] (3.0 cr)
· PDES 3701 - Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation (2.0 cr)
· PDES 3702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (2.0 cr)
· PDES 3703 - Product Form and Model Making (4.0 cr)
· PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
· PDES 5701 - Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation (2.0 cr)
· PDES 5702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (2.0 cr)
· PDES 5703 - Product Form and Model Making (4.0 cr)
· PDES 5711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
· RM 3243 - Visual Merchandising (3.0 cr)
· RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4218 - Fashion and Culture (3.0 cr)
 
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