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Design Department

BA - Design Studies

The BA, Design Studies provides students with broad exposure to design principles, history, and theory. In addition to receiving a foundation through core courses, students tailor their studies by focusing on one of the areas of specialization described below. Students may be admitted to the BFA in Interior Design or BFA in Graphic Design or the BS in Industrial Design on a space available basis after successfully completing required portfolio reviews.

PLEASE NOTE: 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 Animation and Illustration. Animation/Illustration: Students who were admitted as BFA Animation/Illustration and did not pass portfolio review will continue as BA- Design Studies majors with a specialization in Animation/Illustration.

  • Graphic Design: Provides a basic understanding of the aesthetic and technical skills needed for graphic design. Students wishing to pursue a BFA in Graphic Design, which would encompass exposure to a wider range of design disciplines, must pass portfolio review. Students should consult with a major advisor about the portfolio review process and deadlines at the time they enter SJSU.
  • Industrial Design: Provides basic knowledge of 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 portfolio review. Students should consult with a major advisor about the portfolio review process and deadlines at the time they enter SJSU.
  • Interior Design: Provides a basic understanding of the aesthetic and technical skills needed for interior design. Students wishing to pursue a BFA in Interior Design, which would encompass exposure to a wider range of design disciplines, must pass portfolio review. Students should consult with a major advisor about the portfolio review process and deadlines at the time they enter SJSU.

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
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 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 011. Illustration Fundamentals I3
DSID 021. Visualization I3
DSIT 010. Sketching, Drawing + Modeling3
Design Foundation I: Complete one course from:
DSGD 063. Fundamental Graphic Visualization3
DSID 022. Visualization II3
DSIT 005. Introduction of Interior Design and Architecture3
Design Foundation II: Complete one course from:
DSGD 083. Digital Applications: Basics3
DSID 031. Industrial Design Foundation I3
DSIT 029. Design Process3
Design Methods I: Complete one course from:
ANI 031. 2D Animation I3
DSID 137. Advanced Physical Prototyping3
DSIT 033. Architectural Presentation3
Design Methods II: Complete one course from:
DSGD 099. Introduction to Typography3
DSID 032. Industrial Design Foundation II3
DSIT 083. Visual Communication I3
Design History: Complete one course from:
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 three 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 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
DSID 136. Advanced Digital Workshop3
DSID 143. Advanced Materials,Process & Technology3
Interior Design
DSIT 034. Interior Architecture Foundation Studio3
Complete three courses from:
DSIT 100. Building Codes3
DSIT 107. Furniture Design3
DSIT 108. Architectural Lighting 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