Comprehensive Design B.S.

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Is it for you?

The Comprehensive Design B.S. degree attracts students with a variety of backgrounds and interests in art and design.

Students typically possess some of the following qualities:

  • Artistic ability and interest in one or more disciplines such as architecture, product design, drawing, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, furniture design, or fashion design
  • Interest in sustainability, ecological living, and social awareness
  • Technical ability for developing digital fabrication and computer skills, including computer-aided design (CAD) programs, laser cutting and engraving, 3D printing, and more
  • Affinity for both the arts and the liberal arts disciplines, including the history of art and architecture
  • Organizational and decision-making skills as well as the ability to work well with others on a team

B.S. in Comprehensive Design curriculum

In addition to the CASE Requirements, students must complete the following requirements:

  1. Foundations
    1. CASE English Composition
    2. Mathematical Modeling
  2. CASE Foreign Language. Choose from:
    1. CASE Foreign Language: proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework.
    2. Proficiency in a single foreign language through the first semester of the second year of college-level coursework in addition to the completion of IUB GenEd World Cultures requirement.
  3. CASE Intensive Writing
  4. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
    1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
    2. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
  5. CASE Critical Approaches
  6. CASE Public Oral Communication
  7. CASE Culture Studies
    1. Diversity in the United States
    2. Global Civilizations and Cultures

Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design coursework + more

Students pursuing the B.S. in Comprehensive Design must also complete the following requirements:

  • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
  • SOAD-A 103 Creatice Core: 3D Design
  • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising
  • SOAD-A 201 Forum of Exchange I
  • SOAD-A 401 Forum of Exchange II

Complete any two (2) Art History (ARTH) courses from this list:

  • ARTH-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art
  • ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art
  • ARTH-A 155 Introduction to African Art
  • ARTH-A 160 Introduction to East Asian Art
  • ARTH-A 207 Introduction to Contemporary Art and Its Discontents, 1960 to the Present
  • SOAD-C 280 Introduction to Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 380 Topical Issues in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 381 Topical Issues in Collaborative Design
  • SOAD-C 480 Special Problems in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 481 Intensive Seminar in Comprehensive Design

The degree culminates in an independent capstone experience in which you devise, research and execute your own project to demonstrate linkages between art and design disciplines of your choice.

Capstone Experience

During the last year of the Comprehensive Design program, students will complete a Capstone experience. The Capstone Experience allows students to research a problem they'd like to investigate. Next, through a process of interviewing users,  students further define the problem using a "How Might We" statement. Through prototyping and testing with the users, students develop their solutions.

Check out the exhibit from 2023's Capstone Students:

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Work productively in teams of artists + designers

Creative collaboration is a skill that takes years to master. You will have the ability to respect, understand, and critically evaluate work across the disciplines of art, design, and merchandising. And you will gain a thorough understanding of the skills needed to solve problems unique to the industry.

Comprehensive design internships

Many students begin exploring internship opportunities as early as their first year, though many employers prefer students who are juniors or seniors.

IU provides networking opportunities and career services through the College of Arts and Sciences Walter Center for Career Achievement. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with a career coach affiliated with their major to discuss the process of researching internships and preparing effective resumes and cover letters.

Additionally, the Comprehensive Design faculty provide opportunities for networking with industry professionals through job shadowing, field trips, and guest speakers in the classroom. They are also available, by appointment, to assist in resume and portfolio preparation for internships.