Design Studies, BA

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The BA program in design studies is a four-year, nonstudio program of study in design that focuses on the design disciplines offered in the ASU Herberger Institute:

  • architectural studies
  • graphic design
  • industrial design
  • interior design
  • landscape architecture

This is a highly flexible program of study, much like a liberal arts degree, in which students select design and design-related courses offered in the institute and throughout the university. Students acquire a breadth of design knowledge via courses taken from three categories: communication for design, design history and general design.

It provides a design education, general and specific, for students who seek opportunities in the broader design sector or in graduate education.

Students may undertake the program in one of two specific concentrations: design studies, which allows students to discover myriad possibilities of design as a subject area as well as the flexibility that it provides for further exploration; or design management, which offers a selection of courses in management and human communication that complement design.

At A Glance

Design Studies, BA

Required Courses

A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.

While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

Although a specific career path is not the principal intention, graduates of the program have become involved in sales and marketing in the design sector; others have gone on to graduate studies in architecture and planning. Other possible career paths include journalism and education.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators8.4%$70,530
Architectural Drafters 8.1%$52,870
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists8.9%$48,590
Electrical Drafters6.8%$59,690
Civil Drafters8.1%$52,870
Designers, All Other5.8%$55,930
Drafters, All Other8%$50,290
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Instructional Designers and Technologists 10.5%$63,750
Instructional Coordinators 10.5%$63,750
Mechanical Drafters5.2%$55,130
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Set and Exhibit Designers 10.3%$53,090
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940
Electronic Drafters6.8%$59,690

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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