B.S./B.A. in Art + Design - Design Studies Track

The Design Studies track is meant for students who seek to become engaged in design but do not intend to become designers (those seeking specialization and professional preparation needed for a career as a designer should consider the Graphic Design or Digital Art and Design concentrations in the BFA degree programs instead). The shorter degree track (42 required units compared with 81 for the BFA) accommodates students who wish to pursue a broader-based liberal arts degree program; the 30-plus structured elective units allow for a customized plan of study, whether applied to a second major, minor or other sequence in consultation with an adviser. The Design Studies track seeks to produce students who combine cross-disciplinary perspectives with excellent research skills, a high level of visual literacy, and the creative thinking and problem solving skills central to design. Toward that end, Design Studies is well suited for students who wish to combine study of design with a major in Mass Communication, Computer Science, Business, Electronic Media and Film, or English.

Art majors in the Design Studies track complete 42 units, including 21 units in first-level foundation courses, 12 units in second-level foundation courses and 9 units in design electives courses. 24 units of ART and ARTH courses must be completed at Towson.

Requirements for All Art + Design Majors

First-Level Foundation
ART 101DIGITAL TOOLS AND CONCEPTS3
ART 1032D PROCESS3
ART 1043D PROCESS3
ART 211DRAWING: OBSERVATION AND INVENTION3
ART 212VISUAL CONCEPTS3
ARTH 221SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I3
ARTH 222SURVEY OF WESTERN ART II3
Total Units21

Design Studies Track Requirements

Second-Level Foundation (12 Units)
ART 217DIGITAL CONCEPTS: IMAGE AND SURFACE3
ART 219DIGITAL CONCEPTS: STRUCTURE3
ART 234PHOTO IMAGING - FILM3
or ART 235 PHOTO IMAGING - CREATIVE WORKFLOW
ART 317GRAPHIC DESIGN I3
Design Electives (9 Units) 1
Select three of the following: 9
DIGITAL CONCEPTS: MOTION
TYPOGRAPHY
DIGITAL ART: 2D
DIGITAL OBJECT DESIGN
INTERACTIVE MEDIA: THEORY AND APPLICATION
DESIGN FOR THE WWW
ILLUSTRATION PRINCIPLES FOR DESIGNERS AND ILLUSTRATORS
EXHIBIT DESIGN
DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
PACKAGE DESIGN
ARTH 3xx
Any 300 level Art History course
Total Units21
1

Elective courses must be approved by the faculty adviser.

Design Studies Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ART 1013ART 2113
ART 1033ART 2123
ART 1043ART 2173
ARTH 2213MATH (Core 3)3
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ART 2193ART 234 or 2353
ART 3xx/4xx Any Design Elective3ART 3173
ARTH 2223ART 3xx/4xx Any Design Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ART 3xx/4xx Any Design Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
ART 351 or ENGL 317 (Core 9)3Core3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Non-Major Elective3Non-Major Elective3
Core3Core3
 15 15
Total Units 120