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Design Department

BA - Art, Concentration in Design Studies

The BA Art in Design Studies introduces students to a basic study of design principles, history, and theory. Students pursuing this program may be admitted to the BFA in Graphic Design or Interior 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.

  • Graphic Design: Provides a basic understanding of the aesthetic as well as the technical skills needed for graphic design. Students who wish to pursue the BFA in Graphic Design, which would encompass exposure to a wider range of design disciplines, must pass the 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 in 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 wish to pursue the BFA in Interior Design, which would encompass exposure to a wider range of design disciplines, must pass the mid-program portfolio review.
  • 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.

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. 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). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. 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 GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
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 GovernmentD3+US1233
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
Requirements of the Major48
Core Courses24
ARTH 072. Design in SocietyC13
Art History: Complete one course from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Design Drawing: Complete one course from:
ANI 024. Illustration Fundamentals3
DSID 021. Visualization I3
DSIT 010. Sketching, Drawing + Modeling3
Design Foundation I: Complete one course from:
ANI 012. Light & Optics3
DSGD 063. Fundamental Graphic Visualization3
DSID 022. Visualization II3
DSIT 005. Introduction of Interior Design and Architecture3
Design Foundation II: Complete one course from:
ANI 050. Visual Principles3
DSGD 083. Digital Applications: Basics3
DSID 031. Industrial Design Foundation I3
DSIT 083. Visual Communication I3
Design Methods I: Complete one course from:
ANI 028. Animation Fundamentals3
DSID 032. Industrial Design Foundation II3
DSIT 033. Architectural Presentation3
Design Methods II: Complete one course from:
DSGD 099. Introduction to Typography3
DSIT 029. Design Process3
Design History: Complete one course from:
RTVF 181. Modern Film History3
DSGD 176A. Graphic Design History and Theory3
DSID 122. Cont. & Crit. Studies: Industrial Design3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 160. Modern Architecture3
ARTH 161. Contemporary Architecture3
Area Specialization12
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.
Animation/Illustration
ANI 014. Color Principles for Screen Arts3
ANI 055. Beginning Drawing for Animation/Illustration3
ANI 112A. Intro to Illustration/Animation3
ANI 112B. Drawing for Animation/Illustration3
Graphic Design
DSGD 100. Visual Communication & Process3
DSGD 104. Introduction to Graphic Design3
DSGD 111. Design Values and Professional Practices3
DSGN 197. BA Senior Project3
Industrial Design
DSID 041. Materials and Processes I3
DSID 129. Visualization III3
Complete two courses from:
DSID 136. Advanced Digital Workshop3
DSID 137. Advanced Physical Prototyping3
DSID 143. Advanced Materials,Process & Technology3
Interior Design
DSIT 034. Interior Architecture Foundation Studio3
DSIT 100. Building Codes3
DSIT 107. Furniture Design3
DSIT 112. Professional Practice of Interior Archit3
Lower Division Design Electives6
Departmental advisor-approved Lower Division design electives
Upper Division Design Electives6
Departmental advisor-approved Upper Division design electives
University Electives25

Total Units:120