The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Bachelor of Science

B.S. Multi-Disciplinary Design

Using product design as a vehicle to investigate design research, human centered design principles, interface development, articulation of product forms, materials and digital manufacturing principles. The program will begin with two tracks. One that is more digitally related and one that is more on physical objects.

This new interdisciplinary program will train our students to compete in an ever increasingly complex work environment and a thorough understanding of ethical conduct and social responsibility through these specific concepts:

• inquiry and project-based learning

• critical thinking skills

• experimentation with multiple ways of problem solving

• visual literacy

• innovation and invention

• team building and collaboration

• identifying authentic real-world tasks and challenges

• design research

• human centered design principles

The Multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Science in Design encompasses a curriculum with four substantive areas applicable to all design education: Studio, Technical, History/Theory and Practice. In addition to the classes and faculty from the Design program, the proposed curriculum leverages and has been developed with existing University of Utah faculty and courses from Architecture, Fine Arts, Communication, Business, Bio-Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Psychology.

This program has at its core the shared fundamental understanding of the language, process and application of design and design thinking. This proposes to use design as a verb for activities rooted in 4 cornerstones: Engagement, Community, Collaboration and Responsibility. This broad perspective allows for students to see the connections between these design specialties and focus on the process of design as a creative idea and development framework. It expands students’ horizons by engaging with other design disciplines in strategic and collaborative ways. This approach can lead to exciting new design engagement that can deeply engage the world as it is and as it is becoming.



74 credit hours, 4 years

Curriculum categories: Studio, Technical, History/Theory and Practice.

Course offerings: Department of Design, the College of Architecture + Planning, the College of Fine Arts, Psychology, Business, Engineering and Communication.

For admittance to the program students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit a portfolio and letter of intent.

Prior to beginning studies in Design, students should have satisfied the University’s Lower Division Writing Requirement, the American Institutions Requirement, the Quantitative Reasoning Requirements, and most of the Intellectual Explorations Requirements. Transfer students should have or nearly have completed their general education requirements. Typically, the Design major can be completed in a two- year period. However, efficiently scheduling both required courses and desired electives demands care, forethought and consideration. Planning courses are usually offered once a year, and their scheduling is reasonably predictable. Continued enrollment in the major requires students to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA.