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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Design (code DESNBA01) (120 Units)

This liberal arts degree provides the opportunity for the student to gain a broad exposure to the discipline. In addition to receiving a foundation through the core courses, the curriculum will also enable students to tailor their studies with electives from inside or outside of the college.

Students interested in the BA program in Design should apply as early in their academic career as possible, but no later than 60 units.

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:


120 units; a minimum of 40 units from Upper Division; and a minimum of 48 units from General Education.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • AH 111A Survey of Western Art I (3)
    • AH 111B Survey of Western Art II (3)
    • DESN 120A Fundamentals of Design (3)
    • DESN 120B Fundamentals of Design (3)
    • DESN 132A Perspective and Rendering Systems (3)
    • DESN 132B Perspective and Rendering Systems (3)
    • DESN 151 Industrial Design Materials and Tools (2)
    • DESN 232A Visualization Techniques (3)
    • DESN 255 2D Computer Aided Graphics (3)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • DESN 141 Interior Architectural Drafting (3)
    • DESN 150 Design Drafting (3)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • DESN 156 3D Computer-Aided Design (3)
    • DESN 246 Computer-Aided Drafting (3)

Upper Division:

  • Choose one of the following:
    • DESN 346 Computer-Aided Design - 3D Modeling (3)
    • DESN 356 Advanced 3D Computer-Aided Design (3)
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • DESN 360A Environmental Communication Design (3)
    • DESN 360B Advanced Environmental Communication Design (3)
    • DESN 367 History and Theory of Architecture (3)
    • DESN 368 History and Theory of Design (3)
    • DESN 369 History of Furniture and Decorative Arts (3)
    • DESN 370 Design in Contemporary Society (3)
    • DESN 450 BA Senior Project (3)