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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Design

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 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 in industrial design or furniture design, or to join the workforce in a variety of design professions.


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.
    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. Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics II
      • MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications
      • MATH-M 106 The Mathematics of Decision and Beauty
      • 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 Honors Calculus I
      • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications (approved topic: "Finite Math in Action; Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences; Finite and Consumer Mathematics")
      • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I (approved topic: "Applied Brief Calculus I for the Life Sciences")
    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:
      • 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. 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.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

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.