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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Design

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements CMPDSGNBS


The major requires at least 41 credit hours (55 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  2. Forums of Exchange. Complete one (1) of the following options:
    • Both of the following.
      1. Intermediate Forum. One (1) course:
        • SOAD-A 201 Forum of Exchange I
      2. Advanced Forum. One (1) course:
        • SOAD-A 401 Forum of Exchange II
    • Project Management for Comprehensive Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-C 281 Project Management for Comprehensive Design
  3. Comprehensive Design Sequence.
    1. Creative Core: 3D Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-A 103 Creative Core: 3D Design
    2. Introduction to Comprehensive Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-C 280 Introduction to Comprehensive Design
    3. Issues in Comprehensive Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-C 380 Topical Issues in Comprehensive Design
    4. Issues in Collaborative Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-C 381 Topical Issues in Collaborative Design
    5. Special Problems in Comprehensive Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-C 480 Special Problems in Comprehensive Design
    6. Intensive Seminar in Comprehensive Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-C 481 Intensive Seminar in Comprehensive Design
    7. Design Practice. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 200 Design Practice
    8. Design Research, Methods, and Process. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 250 Design Research, Methods, and Process
    9. Design in Context and Culture. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 300 Design in Context and Culture
    10. Design of Systems. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 350 Design of Systems
  4. Capstone.
    1. Design Capstone: Research & Development. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 400 Design Capstone
    2. Design Capstone: Studio Project. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 450 Design Capstone II: Studio Project
  5. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics II
      • MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications
      • MATH-M 106
      • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
      • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
      • MATH-M 213
      • MATH-S 118 Honors Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-S 211
      • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications (Approved topics: "FINITE & CONSUMER MATHEMATICS" (TPC 2); "FINITE MATH FOR SOCIAL & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES" (TPC 1); "FINITE MATH IN ACTION" (TPC 3))
      • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I (Approved topics: "BRIEF CALCULUS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES" (TPC 1))
    2. Studio Art Courses. Six (6) credit hours:
      • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
      • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising
    3. Art History Courses. Six (6) credit hours:
      • Any ARTH-A 100–499
  6. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the SOAD-C or SOAD-W subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.