Design Studies Minor

Situated within the studio arts program, the interdisciplinary minor in design studies brings together the formal and conceptual principles of design in the visual expressions of the fine arts (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), the commercial arts (graphic design, illustration, etc.), the industrial arts (engineering) and the performing arts (stage, costume and lighting design).

Course options in communication, marketing, English and art history offer the opportunity to contextualize the principles and products of design in a broader historical, sociological and cultural context.

Course requirements and options within the design studies minor enable students to develop a common skill set of literacy and fluency in a range of design software programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Light Box, Fuse, etc.), the utility of which has become increasingly more essential to a range of fields of study and vocations.

Five courses (20 credits) are required.1

Applied/Studio Practice
ARTS 510Principles of Design4
Select two of the following:8
Architectural Design Studio
Introductory Ceramics
Introductory Woodworking
Introductory Drawing
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
Introductory Sculpture
Principles of Typography
Design and Place
Design and People
Elements of Design
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Properties
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
Technical Practice
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Digital Photography
Animation and Motion Design
Interaction & Game Design
2D Computer Aided Design 1
Building Information Modeling 1
Special Topics in Media Studies (Multi-media Communication)
Multimedia Storytelling
Introduction to Internet Technologies
Intermediate Web Design
Historical/Theoretical Context
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Art History
Introduction to Architectural History
Seminar in Rhetorical Study (Rhetoric of the Photograph)
Rhetorics of Display
Seminar in Media Theory
Introduction to Film Studies
Studies in Film/Genre
Studies in Film/Authorship
Studies in Film/Culture and Ideology
Studies in Film/Narrative and Style
Topics in Marketing (Understanding Your Customer or Digital Marketing Communications)
Total Credits20

19 credits are required to complete the minor if CEE 402 or CEE 700 is selected.

Students must receive a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

A maximum of two courses (8 credits) may be transferred from another accredited institution, provided UNH has accepted them as transfer credits. Transfer courses must be a minimum of 3 credits. Students with 3 credit transfers must make up the credit shortage.

Only two courses from the student’s area/department of concentration may be used to meet requirements towards a minor in design studies.