BA in Design

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Design degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and school degree requirements. The Design degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
General Education and Core Requirements30-32
Design Course Requirements68
Total Hours120

General Education and Core Requirements

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
AH 110World History of Art and the Built Environment I a4
AH 111World History of Art and the Built Environment II a4
Analyzing the Natural World course4-5
Exploring World Cultures course3
Understanding the Individual and Society course 3
Understanding the Past course3
Understanding U.S. Society course3
One additional General Education course in any category0-3
Total Hours30-32

Pre-Design Studies: Studio Courses

Required Courses
DES 140Design Drawing4
DES 150Digital Media Design I4
DES 160Design Photography4
DES 170Color Theory4
Total Hours16

Design Course Requirements

Required Courses
DES 110Design Colloquium1
DES 140Design Drawing4
DES 150Digital Media Design I4
DES 160Design Photography4
DES 170Color Theory4
DES 208Typography I: Form4
DES 209Typography II: Systems4
DES 222Human Experience in Design4
DES 235History of Design I: 1760-19253
DES 236History of Design II: 1925 to the Present3
DES 255BA Design Studio I: Ideation and Iteration4
DES 256BA Design Studio II: Interactions and Systems4
DES 322Design Research Methods4
DES 355Design Seminar3
DES 357BA Design Studio III: Complexity and Collaboration4
DES 358BA Design Studio Project4
DES 410Senior Design Colloquium I1
DES 411Senior Design Colloquium II1
Select one of the year-long professional practice track options:8
Professional Practice Project I
and Professional Practice Project II
Interdisciplinary Product Development I
and Interdisciplinary Product Development II
Design Thinking and Leadership I
and Design Thinking and Leadership II
Informational Aesthetics I
and Informational Aesthetics II
Total Hours68


Select a minimum of 22 hours to reach a total of 120 credit hours.22
Total Hours22