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
TTY Users: 7-1-1 or 800-735-2964 (Relay NH)
Fax:  (603) 862-2191

Curriculum & Requirements

Five courses (20 credits) are required.

Applied/Studio Practice
ARTS 510Principles of Design4
Select two of the following:8
ARTS 455
Architectural Design Studio
ARTS 501
Introductory Ceramics
ARTS 525
Introductory Woodworking
ARTS 532
Introductory Drawing
ARTS 536
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
ARTS #537
Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography
ARTS 546
Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory
ARTS 551
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
ARTS 567
Introductory Sculpture
THDA 460
Elements of Design
THDA 546
Costume Design for the Theatre
THDA 547
Stage Properties
THDA 548
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Technical Practice
Select one of the following:4
ARTS 552
Introductory Digital Photography
CEE 402
2D Computer Aided Design
CEE 700
Building Information Modeling
CMN 596
Special Topics in Media Studies (Multi-media Communication)
ENGL 712
Multimedia Storytelling
IT 403
Introduction to Internet Technologies
IT 502
Intermediate Web Design
Historical/Theoretical Context
Select one of the following:4
ARTS 400
Topics in Art History
ARTS 480
Introduction to Art History
ARTS 574
Introduction to Architectural History
CMN 650
Critical Perspectives on Film
CMN 697
Seminar in Rhetorical Study (Rhetoric of the Photograph)
CMN 756
Rhetorics of Display
CMN 772
Seminar in Media Theory
ENGL 533
Introduction to Film Studies
Studies in Film/Genre
Studies in Film/Authorship
Studies in Film/Culture and Ideology
Studies in Film/Narrative and Style
MKTG 598
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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