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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Product Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts (98 hours)


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The Product Design degree is designed for qualified students who intend to become professional product designers or pursue graduate study in product design. The program is a four-year course of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration among Design, Art, Engineering and Business programs. Application requires a portfolio review, a letter of intent, submission of an unofficial transcript, and completion of application forms. Application details may be obtained from the Art Advising Office. Courses in the Product Design program are sequential beginning in the fall semester of each year and will take a minimum of four years to complete after admission.

The requirements of a B.F.A. curriculum of the Gwen Frostic School of Art and the College of Fine Arts must be satisfied. Eighty-three hours in art, design, and related technologies, and fifteen hours in Entrepreneurial Studies satisfy the major requirements of this curriculum and are distributed as follows:

Basic Studies Requirement (12 hours)


Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement (3 hours)


Art History Requirement (12 hours)


  • 3000-4000 level Art History Topic Course   Credits: 3 hours
  • 3000-4000 level Art History Topic Course   Credits: 3 hours

Product Design Sequence (37 hours)


Art Studio Electives (12 hours)


  • Art Elective course in sculpture, metals/jewelry, or ceramics   Credits: 3 hours
  • Art Elective course in sculpture, metals/jewelry, or ceramics   Credits: 3 hours
  • Art Elective course in any art discipline   Credits: 3 hours
  • Art Elective course in any art discipline   Credits: 3 hours

Supporting Engineering Requirement (7 hours)


Entrepreneurial Studies Requirement (15 hours)


  • Entrepreneurial Elective   Credits: 3 hours
  • Entrepreneurial Elective   Credits: 3 hours

Grading Requirement


Art majors and minors receiving a grade below a “C” in a required course must repeat the course.

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