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.
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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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