Design Studies Minor

Design Studies Minor

Art design student

Situated within the studio arts program, the interdisciplinary minor in design studies brings together the formal and conceptual principles of design in the visual expressions of the fine arts (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), the commercial arts (graphic design, illustration, etc.), the industrial arts (engineering), and the performing arts (stage, costume, and lighting design).

Course options in communication, marketing, English, and art history offer the opportunity to contextualize the principles and products of design in a broader historical, sociological, and cultural context.

Course requirements and options within the design studies minor enable students to develop a common skill set of literacy and fluency in a range of design software programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Light Box, Fuse, etc.), the utility of which has become increasingly more essential to a range of fields of study and vocations.

Department of Art and Art History
University of New Hampshire
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2190
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Curriculum & Requirements

Five courses (20 credits) are required.

Applied/Studio Practice
ARTS 401Principles of Design4
Select two of the following:8
Architectural Design Studio
Introductory Ceramics
Introductory Woodworking
Introductory Drawing
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography
Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
Introductory Sculpture
Elements of Design
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Properties
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Technical Practice
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Digital Photography
Building Information Modeling
Special Topics in Media Studies (Multi-media Communication)
Multimedia Storytelling
Introduction to Internet Technologies
Intermediate Web Design
Fundamentals of CAD
Historical/Theoretical Context
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Art History
ARTS 500
Introduction to Architectural History
Critical Perspectives on Film
Seminar in Rhetorical Study (Rhetoric of the Photograph)
Rhetorics of Display
Seminar in Media Theory
Introduction to Film Studies
Studies in Film/Genre
Studies in Film/Authorship
Studies in Film/Culture and Ideology
Studies in Film/Narrative and Style
Topics in Marketing (Underdstanding Your Customer or Digital Marketing Communications)
Total Credits20

Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

A maximum of two courses (8 credits) may be transferred from another accredited institution, provided UNH has accepted them as transfer credits. Transfer courses must be a minimum of 3 credits. Students with 3 credit transfers must make up the credit shortage.

Only two courses from the student’s area/department of concentration may be used to meet requirements towards a minor in design studies.

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