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Minors

Design Minor

The Design Minor is an interdisciplinary program that spotlights the design process and shows how design thinking can be used as a catalyst for exploration and research. Choosing from a selection of both lecture and studio courses, students are introduced to the history, theory, and practice of design across multiple design disciplines.

 

With the Design Minor students may compose their own individual program in which they will:

  • understand the interdisciplinary nature of the design process
  • appreciate the role design plays in everyday life
  • experience design thinking and action
  • explore and expand their own design interests
  • understand how to work with designers in their chosen field

The design minor provides an integrated education in design where students enhance their learning by making connections between traditional design courses and non-traditional views of design.

 

 

 

Admission Requirements:

You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.

 

 

 

Program Requirements:

  • This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and completed with a C- or better.
  • A maximum of two courses taken for a major or another minor may be used toward the design minor.
  • Study abroad or transfer courses must be approved by the design minor adviser.

 

 

 

Course Requirements:

Design Thinking: "Big Picture" (select one course) Credits
     

Arch 1701/1701H

The Designed Envrionment (no longer offered; accepted if already completed)
3
Des 1000 D@MN: Design at Minnesota (Arts & Humanities) 3
Des 1101W/1101V Introduction to Design Thinking (Arts & Humanities; Writing Intensive)
4
LA 1001 Sustainability by Design Thinking (The Environment) (spring term only) 3
LA 1401 The Designed Environment (spring term only)
3
LA 1601/3601 Design and Equity
3
   
   
Design Thinking: "Hands On" (select one course)
     
Arch 1281 Design Fundamentals 1 (spring term only)
4
Des 1111/1111H Creative Problem Solving
3
Des 2101 Design and Visual Presentation (spring term only)
3
GDes 1311 Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
4
GDes 1312 Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
4
GDes 1315 The Graphic Studio
4
GDes 3312 Color and Form in Surface Design
3
LA 1301 Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing (Arts & Humanities)
3
ME 2011 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (fall term only)
4
PDes 3702/5702 Concept Sketching and Rendering (fall term only)
3
PDes 3711/5711 Toy Product Design (spring term only)
4
     
     

Elective Courses (to complete the 18-credit minimum)

 
   
Refer to Undergraduate Catalog for a list of approved courses
10-13

 

 

Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.

 

If you are unsure about the minor and would like to speak to an adviser, complete the online application and include your questions in the final comment box. An adviser will contact you before processing your application.