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Design Department

BA - Art, Concentration in Design Studies

The BA Art in Design Studies is the entry program for all Design students entering SJSU. The program introduces students to a basic study of design principles, history, and theory. A portfolio review takes place at the end of the first semester for Transfer students and at the end of the first year for Native students. If passed, students declare their major in one of the BFA/BS degrees in the Design Department.Students pursuing this program may be admitted to the BFA in Interior or Graphic Design or the BS in Industrial Design on a space available basis after successfully completing required portfolio reviews in their first two years of study. Admission to the BFA in Animation and Illustration is determined at the time students apply for admission to the university. There is no internal transfer into the BFA in Animation and Illustration.

If not accepted into the BFA/BS degrees, students continue on in the BA Design Studies degree with a focus in one of the four areas described below.

  • Animation/Illustration: Provides instruction in basic A/I foundation skills, supplemented by studies in the areas of Design; English; Photography; Physics; Radio, TV, Film; and Theater Arts. Students will receive basic preparation for entry- level jobs in the entertainment industry; optionally, they can later apply to a graduate program in Animation, Illustration or other similar fields of study. Students who want to pursue a professional career in feature film animation or games (or any other career track requiring an advanced skill set in either animation, visual development, story, or modeling) will need to pass the mid-program portfolio review and work towards the BFA degree in Animation/Illustration.
  • Graphic Design: Provides a basic understanding of the aesthetic as well as the technical skills needed for graphic design. Students who want to pursue a BFA in Graphic Design, which would encompass exposure to a wider range of design disciplines, will need to pass a mid-program portfolio review.
  • Industrial Design: Provides introduction to and basic knowledge of 3D Design and Technology. With courses focused on 3D computer aided design, materials and manufacturing, prototyping, and team-based theory, students will have a basic preparation for jobs in computer aided design support and model-making, or be prepared to apply to a graduate program in Industrial Design or other areas. Students who wish to pursue the BS Industrial Design must pass the first year portfolio review.
  • Interior Design: Provides a basic understanding of the aesthetic as well as the technical skills needed for interior design. Students who want to pursue a BFA in Interior Design, which would encompass exposure to a wider range of design disciplines, will need to pass a mid-program portfolio review.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements50
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
DSGN 100W. Writing Workshop: DesignZ3
Preparation for the Major24
Preparation for the Major9
Complete one course from:
ARTH 072. Design in SocietyC13
ARTH 72 not required for Industrial Design students.
TA 005. ActingC13
NOTE: Animation/Illustration students should take TA 005 Acting
Complete one course from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Complete one course from:
ANI 024. Illustration Fundamentals3
ART 024 will also be accepted for transfer students
DSID 021. Visualization I3
DSIT 010. Sketching, Drawing + Modeling3
Additional Support Courses15
Area Specialization
Complete one of the four Specialization Areas below.
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see advisor for more details.
Graphic Design
DSGD 063. Fundamental Graphic Visualization3
DSGD 083. Digital Applications: Basics3
DSGD 111. Design Values and Professional Practices3
DSGD 176A. Graphic Design History and Theory3
PHOT 040. Beginning Photography3
Animation/Illustration
ANI 001. Animation / Illustration Survey3
ANI 012. Light & Optics3
ART 012 will also be accepted for transfer students
ANI 014. Color Principles for Screen Arts3
ART 014 will also be accepted for transfer students
ANI 028. Animation Fundamentals3
ANI 050. Visual Principles3
Interior Design
ARTH 160. Modern Architecture3
DSIT 005. Introduction of Interior Design and Architecture3
DSIT 015. Architectural Drawing and 3-D Modeling3
DSIT 029. Design Process3
DSIT 083. Visual Communication I3
Industrial Design
DSID 022. Visualization II3
DSID 031. Industrial Design Foundation I3
DSID 032. Industrial Design Foundation II3
DSID 041. Materials and Processes I3
DSID 126. Ergonomics for Design3
Requirements of the Major46
Core Courses13
Area Specialization
Complete one of the four Specialization Areas below. Students should take the same specialization as preparation for major.
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see advisor for more details.
Graphic Design
DSGD 099. Introduction to Typography3
DSGD 100. Visual Communication & Process3
DSGD 104. Introduction to Graphic Design3
DSGN 197. BA Senior Project4
Animation/Illustration
ANI 055. Beginning Drawing for Animation/Illustration3
ANI 112A. Intro to Illustration/Animation3
ANI 112B. Drawing for Animation/Illustration3
ANI 113A. Intermediate Animation / Illustration3
MUSC 181. Concert Listening II1
Interior Design
DSIT 033. Architectural Presentation3
DSIT 034. Interior Architecture Foundation Studio3
DSIT 102. Computer Graphics for Interior Architecture3
DSIT 103. Interior Architecture Conceptual Design Studio3
MUSC 181. Concert Listening II1
Industrial Design
DSID 122. Cont. & Crit. Studies: Industrial Design3
DSID 129. Visualization III3
Complete one course from the following team-focused courses:
This course will be taken in Addition to the PE requirements
KIN 014A. Beginning Volleyball1
KIN 014B. Intermediate Volleyball1
KIN 014C. Advanced Volleyball1
KIN 015A. Beginning Basketball1
KIN 019A. Beginning Soccer1
KIN 045A. Beginning Lindy Hop and Night Club Swing1
KIN 048A. Beginning Latin Dance1
KIN 065A. Beginning Ice Hockey1
Complete two courses from:
DSID 136. Advanced Digital Workshop3
DSID 137. Advanced Physical Prototyping3
DSID 143. Advanced Materials,Process & Technology3
Lower Division Design Electives6
Departmental advisor-approved Lower Division design electives
Upper Division Design Electives6
Departmental advisor-approved Upper Division design electives
Major Electives21
With approval of an advisor, select 21 units of upper and lower division support courses from art, art history, design, business, social sciences, technology and other related disciplines (at least 15 units must be Upper Division course work).

Total Units:120