Overview

Introduction

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.

Undergraduate Programs

The department offers a professional B.F.A. degree program with concentrations in

  • Environmental Design,
  • Illustration and Animation,
  • Industrial Design,
  • Photo Media,
  • Visual Communication Design.

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.

Course Policies

To get the most out of the courses and grow as a young designer, students need to approach the course work with a serious attitude and a willingness to work beyond just doing what is asked. Design is a very competitive and challenging profession, but for those who find a way to be engaged with the work and enjoy being challenged, the demands are well worth meeting and the rewards are truly fulfilling. Courses are taught with this philosophy as a backdrop. Students are expected to commit themselves and to work hard, every day, not just for better grades, but for the enjoyment that the work brings and the creative growth and skill development that comes with it.

Attendance

Students are required to attend class. Students are expected to be in class on time and remain for the entire period. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period. Three “late” marks will equal one absence. A total of 3 absences will be allowed for any reason. On the 4th absence the student will be asked to withdraw from the course. If it is necessary for a student to be absent from class for more than 3 classes for any reason including medical condition, they should withdraw from the class.

In the event of any absence, students are still responsible for obtaining all information and materials from the class period and completing all assignments on time. It is the student’s sole responsibility to find out about any new work assigned during their absence.

Religious Holidays

If any scheduled course meeting conflicts with mandated religious observance, the student must notify the instructor prior the day of the observance that the student will be absent.

Expected Workload

Throughout the semester students are required to work a minimum of 3 hours of homework per credit hour per week outside of class on their projects (3 hour studio will have a minimum of 9 hours of homework per week). Many students will find that they will need to spend even more time per week to complete the work.

Students should be aware that not all project work can be done at home or at their convenience. They should also be aware that expecting to work a full-time or near full-time job (over 20 hrs. per week) will most likely have a negative impact on their performance and grade. Studio course projects require a great deal of time in order to develop and complete. It is very difficult to try and balance both a full-time job and a full load of studio classes.

Participation

Design does not happen in a vacuum. Clear verbal skills are important in communicating ideas to clients and design team members. For all critiques, students are expected to come prepared to present their concepts, discuss how the form of their design supports their concept, and describe how they arrived at their ideas. Providing comments to their peers is a privilege. Students will benefit from both giving and receiving feedback—students do not have to “like” another’s work, but they must provide insightful commentary in a courteous and productive manner.

Students are required to turn their mobile phones to silent and refrain from surfing the web, updating their Facebook page (or any social media), checking email, text messaging, etc. during class, lectures, and demos. Students may use theses devices only during designated break times.

Professionalism

Lack of professionalism can effect a student’s grade and could lower their grade by one full letter grade.

  • attend class on time and stay throughout the whole class period
  • prepared for every class
  • participate in classroom discussions and critiques
  • maintain a positive and open-minded attitude
  • demonstrate deliberate self-disciplined and timely work habits
  • progressively strive for and achieve the highest standards of quality
  • Plagiarism

    If a student tries to copy someone’s work or take someone’s idea and pass it off as their own they will suffer the penalties as outlined in the KU Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

    All work that students hand in for a course must be made and created by them, over the course of this semester, exclusively for the course in question.

    Academic Conduct

    Students should adhere to the rules as listed in the Student Disruptive Conduct policy as found in the student handbook.

    Disabilities (ADA)

    If a student has any special needs or conditions that they would like their instructor to know about the student should notify them so accommodations can be provided.

    Late Projects

    All projects and assignments are due on the date set by the instructor. All projects are due at the start of class. Late projects will be penalized by lowering the project grade by one full letter grade for each day that it is late. After three days, late projects will no longer be accepted and a grade of F will be assigned.

    Grade Requirements

    If a course is required under the majors studies section on the degree check sheet students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better to continue on to the next course in the sequence. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will require them to repeat this course. In most cases these courses are only offered once a year. Students in the Department of Design must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA to graduate with a degree in Design.

    Introduction

    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.

    Graduate Programs

    The department offers the following graduate degree programs:

    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Design Management
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Interaction Design

    Contact Info

    Department of Design

    Marvin Hall
    1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 205
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
    785-864-2959
    785-864-5185
    design@ku.edu
    Design site
    Andrea Herstowski, Interim Chair
    785-864-2956
    Samantha Raines, Coordinator
    785-864-2959
    sraines@ku.edu
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