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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Design

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements CMPDSGNBS

The Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Design is a studio-based, interdisciplinary program culminating in a capstone project constructed at the intersection of the many disciplines offered through the School of Art, Architecture + Design. This broadly based curriculum combines a liberal arts education as delivered by the IU College of Arts and Sciences with an innovative program in art and design. Its emphasis on interdisciplinary training and collaboration will benefit design professionals of the future by providing them with design thinking skills necessary to meet the challenges of a burgeoning "culture of making" essential to the nation's economic future. Upon completion of this major, Comprehensive Design students will be well placed to enter a professional degree, such as the Master of Architecture (M. Arch.), graduate study in art and design, or to join the workforce in a variety of design professions.

Requirements

The major requires at least 41 credit hours (53 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Pathways. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  2. Forums of Exchange.
    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
  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 I: Research and Development
    2. Design Capstone: Studio Project. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-W 450 Design Capstone II: Studio Project
  5. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Studio Art Courses. Six (6) credit hours:
      • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
      • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising
    2. Art History Courses. Six (6) credit hours:
      • ARTH-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art
      • ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art
      • ARTH-A 155 Introduction to African Art
      • ARTH-A 160 Introduction to East Asian Art
      • ARTH-A 207 Introduction to Contemporary Art and Its Discontents, 1960 to the Present
  6. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.