Design Studies*

Students interested in design can earn a concentration in design studies. This concentration is a non-studio based 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. 


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for courses completed in this concentration.
  • To enhance understanding of the subject matter, some of the designated courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which these particular courses are offered. All designated courses for the concentration in design studies are lecture courses.
  • * Course(s) are offered only in fall sessions.
  • ** Course(s) are offered only in spring sessions.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.


Select 6 courses from any of the 5 following areas, 4 of the 6 courses MUST be at the 300 or 400 level.

 Architecture and Landscape Architecture

ALA 100 Introduction to Environmental Design, HU, G, H (3)

ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability, HU & G (3)

APH 313 History of Architecture I, HU, G, H (3)* (Prerequisites: Architectural Studies major with ALA 100 or ALA 102 and passed degree milestone review or non-majors with junior standing)

APH 314 History of Architecture II, HU, G, H (3)** (Prerequisites: APH 313 with C or better)

APH 421 First Concepts: What is... The Writing, Philosophy, and Culture of Architecture, L or HU (3) (Prerequisites: APH 313 & APH 314 with C or better; Architecture or Digital Culture Design student)

APH 494 [*CULT*PLAC*] Culture of Place

LPH 310 History of Landscape Architecture, HU & H & G (3)* (Prerequisites: Landscape architecture majors; ALA 100 or ALA 102; passed the degree milestone review, or non-majors with sophomore standing)

LPH 311 20th Century Landscape Architecture, HU (3)** (Prerequisites: Landscape architecture majors; ALA 100 or ALA 102; passed the degree milestone review, or non-majors with sophomore standing)


DSC 101 Design Awareness, HU, G (3)M

DSC 194 [*DESI*THIN*] Design Thinking, HU (3)

DSC 394 [*DESI*ENTR*] Design Entrepreneurship and Society (3)

Graphic Design

GRA 101 Designing Life (3)

GRA 111 Graphic Design History I, HU (3)*

GRA 112 Graphic Design History II (3)** (Prerequisites: Must have completed GRA 111 with a grade of C or greater)

GRA 225 Communication/Interaction Design Theory (3)*

GRA 345 Design Rhetoric, L (3) (Prerequisites: Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Housing Community Development or Design Studies BA)

GRA 401 Creative Environment (3)**

GRA 440 Finding Purpose (3)*

Industrial Design

IND 242 Materials and Design (3)*

IND 243 Design for Ecology and Social Equity (3)**

IND 316 20th-Century Design I, HU, H (3)*

IND 317 20th-Century Design II, HU, H (3)**

IND 344 Human Factors in Design (3)*

IND 354 Principles of Product Design (3)** (Prerequisites: Must be either Pre-Industrial Design or Industrial Design BSD student; PHY 111 with C or greater)

IND 470 Professional Practice for Industrial Design, L (3)

Interior Design

INT 111 Interior Design Issues and Theories, HU (3)*

INT 121 Introduction to Computer Modeling for Interior Design (3) (Students who have credit for INT 320, may not enroll in INT 121)

INT 123 Introduction to CAD (3)M

INT 131 Design and Human Behavior, SB (3)

INT 310 History of Interior Design I, HU, H (3)* (Prerequisites: ARS 102 with a grade of C or greater)

INT 311 History of Interior Design II, HU, H (3)** (Prerequisites: INT 310 with C or better)

INT 412 History of Decorative Arts in Interiors, HU (3)M* (Prerequisites: INT 311 with a grade of C or greater)

INT 413 History of Textiles in Interior Design (3)** (Prerequisites: INT 412 with a grade of C or greater)

INT 415 Latin American Design (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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