The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning


A designer bridges the gap between Art and Science through the intentional creation of items that are aesthetically pleasing and function for a specific purpose. However, in that last few years, Design has emerged as a discipline that has moved beyond form making with products and into the area of altering business practice, decision making and strategic planning.

The students in the Multi-disciplinary Design Minor program learn the processes, techniques and tools of Design in general and are exposed to different specific areas of Design such as architecture, industrial design, interface design, and print media. Using “design thinking” as a model, the curriculum and course projects are constructed to present the conceptual ideas such as emotion, desire and aesthetics in the context of the rational, systematic and scientific.

The students are introduced to the ‘studio’ concept that serves as a pedagogical model that fosters critical thinking, collaborative engagement and clear communication. The students are required to critique theirs and others work within the context of an interdisciplinary team. The students learn through doing and making rather than passively absorbing. The minor program focuses on preparing students for flexible careers that use “design thinking” to solve multi-disciplinary applied problems in different areas.

Students are required to earn a minimum of 17 credit hours of approved courses to complete the Minor in Multi-disciplinary Design. Students are required to take 5 foundation courses: Design 2615 “Design Thinking” Design 3600 “Design Studio”, Design 1630 & 1631 “Rapid Hand Visualization and 2d Layout”, and Design 4010 “Design Capstone Studio” project.

In addition students are required to take 1 exploration course. Please see list of acceptable exploration courses. Additional courses not on the list will be considered for approval by the director of MDD.

Foundation: Design 2615 “Design Thinking”, 3 credit hours; Design 3600 “Design Studio”, 3 credit hours; Design 1630 & 1631 “Rapid Hand Visualization and 2d Layout”

Explorations: Minimum 3 credit hours

Capstone Studio: Design 4010 “Capstone Studio”, 5 upper division credit hours

Total number of hours: 17


Minor Class List