Minor in Design

The Minor in Design complements students' major areas of study through the development of core skills in visual literacy, design thinking, and creative problem-solving.

 

Admission Requirements:

In order to qualify for admission to the Minor in Design, a student must hold a KU Cumulative Graduation GPA of at least a 2.0. Students are not required to submit a portfolio.

 

Application Link & Deadline:

In order to apply for admission to the Design Minor, students will need to submit this webform. Applications are due by August 1 to be considered for fall-semester admission and by January 1 for spring-semester admission.

 

Curriculum:

The Minor in Design requires 18 credit hours of coursework, at least 12 credit hours of which are at the 300+ (jr/sr) level. Specific course requirements for the minor are listed below:

ADS 300 (Foundations in UX Design) - 3 credit hours - Lecture - Spring

ADS 320 (KU Design Lecture Series) - 1 credit hour x 3 semesters required - Lecture - Fall and Spring

ADS 325 (Design Thinking & Research Methods) - 3 credit hours - Lecture - Fall

ADS 340 (History & Philosophy of Design) - 3 credit hours - Lecture - Spring

ADS 401 (Victor Papanek Memorial Course on Design Ethics) - 3 credit hours - Lecture - Fall

Studio Elective Requirement - 3 credit hours - See note below*

Total: 18 credit hours, 15+ of which are at the 300+ (jr/sr) level

 

*The Studio Elective requirement is intended as a capstone experience, building on principles learned in required lecture coursework. Studio Elective options include the following:

VISC 200 (Foundations in Typography) - 3 credit hours - Fall and Spring - Instructor permission not required

PHTO 101 (Fundamentals of Photography) - 3 credit hours - Fall and Spring - Instructor permission not required

PHTO 200 (Foundations in Photography) - 3 credit hours - Fall and Spring - Instructor permission not required

ILLU 200 (Foundations in Image-Making) - 3 credit hours - Spring - Instructor permission required to enroll

INDD 200 (Foundations in Industrial Design) - 3 credit hours - Spring - Instructor permission required to enroll

BDS 101 (Design Think & Make) - 3 credit hours - Fall - Instructor permission not required

BDS 103 (Drawing for Design) - 3 credit hours - Fall - Instructor permission not required

ILLU ### (Other ILLU course) - 3 credit hours - Availability Varies - Instructor permission required to enroll

INDD ### (Other INDD course) - 3 credit hours - Availability Varies - Instructor permission required to enroll

PHTO ### (Other PHTO course) - 3 credit hours - Availability Varies - Instructor permission required to enroll

VISC ### (Other VISC course) - 3 credit hours - Availability Varies - Instructor permission required to enroll

 

 

Notes:

  • Students may enroll in ADS 320 (KU Design Lecture Series) without prior admission to the Minor in Design. Admission to the minor is prerequisite to enrollment in all other ADS courses.
  • Admission to the Minor in Design does not guarantee enrollment in courses required for the minor. Space in required courses is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Department of Design works carefully to build in capacity for our major and minor students to take their required courses, though we're unable to guarantee accommodation for all possible students in every semester.
  • Students whose primary interest is Photography should consider our Photography Minor!

 

Questions?

For assistance with enrollment planning, please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor!

For assistance with questions regarding the Minor in Design curriculum, course availability, or other questions about the program, please contact the Department of Design's academic advisor!