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Department of Design

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The Department of Design advances the professional work of thoughtful, creative, and meaningful design to delight, inspire, and serve the needs of people. Design is the planning that lays the basis for creation and development of every object or system people use. Design programs train students to be problem solvers who consider the aesthetic, functional, and user-focused aspects of an object or a process. This requires considerable integrative research, thought, modeling, interactive adjustments, and redesign.

KU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The entrance and graduation requirements in this catalog conform to the published guidelines of that organization. The department offers a professional B.F.A. degree program with concentrations in

  • Industrial Design,
  • Interior Design,
  • Photo Media,
  • Visual Communication in Graphic Design, and
  • Visual Communication in Illustration.

Courses for Nonmajors

Students in other KU schools may enroll in design courses for credit, subject to the availability of classroom space, with the permission of the instructor of the course.