Expected Workload

The minimum standard workload for courses at the University of Kansas entails a ratio of at least 2 hours of outside-of-class work per week for each credit hour. For instance, a typical 3-credit-hour course at KU features at least 6 hours of outside-of-class work each week.

In order to provide impactful training and prepare students for the rigor of professional work in Design, courses offered by the Department of Design often exceed that minimum standard. Students can anticipate 3 or more hours of outside-of-class work per week for each credit hour. This means that a 3-credit-hour course offered by the Department of Design usually features at least 9 hours of outside-of-class work each week, and a 4-credit-hour course offered by the Department of Design usually features at least 12 hours of outside-of-class work each week. Variability certainly exists due to student aptitude, instructors' pedagogical strategies, and other factors, though these guidelines can be trusted as a general rule.

Because of the intense workload of Design courses, we recommend that students avoid extracurricular engagements that would have them working more than 10-15 hours per week. We realize that isn't always possible, and our department's academic advisor may be able to help you find a healthy balance! Please contact our department's academic advisor if you have questions or concerns about your workload.

 


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