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Program Overview for Prospective Transfer Students

The College of Design allows students to begin major-related coursework your very first semester on campus.

 

Please note that most College of Design majors require a set sequence of (usually studio) courses only offered at the U of M. Thus, you should apply to transfer to a College of Design major as soon as possible so you can begin enrolling in those sequenced major courses. Consult with a College of Design transfer adviser for more information.

 

Additionally, while we are thrilled to now admit students to all majors for both fall and spring semesters, we highly encourage students interested in Apparel Design, Interior Design, or Architecture to apply for a fall semester. These majors include a specific sequencing of courses, which begin in the fall; therefore, if a student is admitted to an Apparel Design, Interior Design, or Architecture major in spring, their course sequencing would not begin until the following fall semester. 

 

Portfolios are not required at time of admission. Apparel Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, and Interior Design require all students to enter as "pre-majors" and complete and pass a portfolio review at the end of one year before continuing on in the major.

 

Curious what our 4-year major plan looks like? Want to find course descriptions? Visit z.umn.edu/cdesrequirements

 

Apparel Design

Architecture B.D.A.

Architecture B.S.

Graphic Design

Interior Design

Landscape Design and Planning

Retail Merchandising

 

 

 

 

apparelAPPAREL DESIGN

In the apparel design program students develop an understanding of the textile and clothing product development process, including design, production, and marketing. Students are challenged to integrate knowledge of the product with consumer needs and business constraints.

  • The Apparel Design program is sequenced over 4 years regardless of previous credits completed, with all students entering as Pre-Apparel majors.
  • Transfer students are able to petition up to 6 related studio-based courses, although it is very rare for any transfer student to complete all required courses in fewer than three years, with most transfer students still requiring four.
  • Students take five sequential apparel design studio courses in an industry designed studio. A required internship ensures that students gain professional experience.

     

    Explore the Apparel Design department webpage

     

    Apparel Design career information

 

 

 

BDAARCHITECTURE Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.D.A.)

The overarching objective of the B.D.A. Major is to expose students to a broadly based approach to the design process as it relates to architecture, but not necessarily tied to traditional building scale or building systems. This academic program is in response to the evolving role of architects as design professionals who require new types of expertise. All students enter the U of M as pre-Architecture students, and they can apply to the Architecture B.D.A. after completing 3 required foundational classes only offered at the U of M.

  • Students who complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and apply for a fall semester start have the potential to complete the Architecture BDA in as little as two years.
  • This major allows students to custom design their electives and workshops from and across five differently themed Practice Communities.
  • Workshops are based in the studio model but are more flexible in both content and curricular structure than a traditional building-focused class.

     

    Visit the Architecture BDA webpage for a program overview

     

    Architecture BDA career information

 

 

 

ArchitectureARCHITECTURE Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.)

The BS is a traditional pre-professional architecture degree. It offers studio-based design education and a rigorous program of technology courses. All students enter the U of M as pre-Architecture students, and they can apply to the Architecture B.S. after completing 3 required foundational classes only offered at the U of M. Admissions are highly competitive, with a portfolio requirement as part of the application process.

  • The Architecture B.S. is sequenced over 3.5 years, including one year of pre-Architecture.
  • Transfer students are able to petition up to 6 related studio-based courses, although it is very rare for any transfer student to complete all required courses in fewer than three years, with most transfer students still requiring four.
  • The B.S. major requirements have been carefully curated to offer students a comphrensive studio experience fully supported with targeted electives.

     

    Visit the Architecture BS webpage for a program overview

     

    Architecture BS career information

 

 

 

 

GraphicGRAPHIC DESIGN

The graphic design Bachelor of Fine Arts program educates students in design methods, design theory, creative problem solving, and visual and verbal literacy. An emphasis is placed on visual components: how humans communicate, perceive, interpret, and understand visual information. The program fosters flexibility, which enables graduates to adapt to social, cultural, and technological change in graphic design.

  • The Graphic Design program is sequenced over 4 years regardless of previous credits completed, with all students entering as Pre-Graphic majors.
  • Transfer students are able to petition up to 6 related studio-based courses, although it is very rare for any transfer student to complete all required courses in fewer than three years.
  • The program’s foundation is broadly based. Students begin with courses in fundamental aspects of visual studies. Upper division courses prepare them for graphic design positions in print and electronic media. An internship of 1-3 credits is required.

     

    Explore the Graphic Design department's webpage

     

    Graphic Design career information

 

 

NorthropINTERIOR DESIGN

Undergraduate students learn how to be professional interior designers who design in ways that protect people’s health and safety and improve human well-being.
Interior design students study design fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to humans and their use of interior space. As can be seen, interior design is far more comphrensive than interior decorating.

 

 

 

LandscapeLANDSCAPE DESIGN AND PLANNING (LDP)

The Landscape Design and Planning major is formed around the newest integrative processes of landscape design and planning needed to reverse the detrimental environmental effects of many past and current practices. Its two tracks, Landscape Design and Landscape Planning, give focus to the principal scales of practical landscape architectural applications.

  • Most transfer students are able to complete LDP coursework in about three years after transferring.
  • The Department of Landscape Architecture also offers an accelerated status option through the LDP program. The accelerated status option admits a limited number of students annually and allows qualified undergraduates to complete the LDP and MLA in six years rather than seven years.
  • Core courses in Landscape Architecture give students engaged experiences to learn about and practice design of regions, communities and sites to conserve ecosystems services and water and air resources, protect biodiversity, and to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Principles derived from the newest design and planning project and critical new metrics of sustainability such as LEED, LEED-ND and Sustainable Sites will be used to structure learning objectives.

     

    Visit the Landscape Design and Planning webpage for more details

     

    Landscape Design and Planning career information

 

 

 

Retail MerchandisingRETAIL MERCHANDISING

Retail merchandising students study promotion, consumer behavior, buying, sourcing, brand development, marketing, management, distribution, and design--all within the context of sustainability and social responsibility. Students get access to a wide range of educational and career opportunities, including visits to international retailers, travel to foreign and domestic retail centers, and professional experiences such as study abroad and internships with national and international retailers.

  • Transfer students are typically able to complete Retail Merchadising major coursework in 2-3 years, depending on previous coursework completed.
  • Graduates of the program begin their careers in store or corporate environments. Entry-level positions include merchandising, marketing, product development, distribution, store management, visual merchandising, entry-level buying positions, advertising, sales promotion, and human resources.
  • Students can tailor their required major electives in five different themed categories

     

    Explore the Retail Merchandising department webpage

     

    Retail Merchandising career information

 

 

 

Still have questions?

Design Transfer Admissions
612-626-3690
DesTrsfr@umn.edu

 

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College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

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