Curriculum & Outcomes

Course Descriptions

Download the BTAD Program of Study and course decriptions (PDF, 135 KB) for information about the BTAD curriculum.

Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design 

Applied Design Bachelor of Technology (BTAD)
90 Credits

Program Mission: The Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design prepares students to lead and collaborate with teams of creative and technical professionals. Graduates will able to use technology effectively to produce quality design solutions, manage teams and projects, and create competitive advantages for business enterprises. 

Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design graduates will:

  • Demonstrate ability to actively participate in and lead a team through a creative process in an organizational setting
  • Possess a broad theoretical knowledge of a range of design disciplines
  • Develop a personal design aesthetic that informs and enriches a student’s future contributions to the field
  • Demonstrate mastery in some and familiarity with many tools, techniques, and technologies associated with design and its applications in the workplace
  • Speak, write and present effectively, leveraging technology to enhance communications
  • Identify important business processes, economic factors, and considerations in operating or managing a business or team within a business
  • Employ creative and critical thinking to enhance problem solving
  • Employ sound principles of organizational behavior
  • Exhibit analytical thought, informed judgment, ethical behavior, and an appreciation for diversity
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, intercultural appreciation, teamwork, information and technical literacy, and communication skills

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor.

Prerequisites: Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a design-related field, including 5 college-level credits each: English Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, Social Science, and Humanities.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall

Course Descriptions

Download the BTAD Program of Study and course decriptions (PDF, 135 KB) for information about the BTAD curriculum.

Program Requirements

APDZ 310 Intro to Applied Design 5
APDZ 312 Design Theory II 5
APDZ 331 Managing Creativity &Innovation 5
APDZ 332 Entrepreneurship & Design 5
APDZ 441 Project Management 5
APDZ 451 Design Team Practicum 5
APDZ 461 Senior Capstone Project 5
CMST 302 Mass Communication 5
ENGL 335 Technical Writing for Designers 5
HUM 311 Design Theory 5
MATH 341 Mathematics of Design 5
PHIL 321 Design Philosophy and Ethics 5
PSYC 441 Psychology of Creativity 5
STEC 351 Principles of Sustainability 5
Any Lab Science 5
Electives* 10

Total Program Credits

90

*Any approved upper division electives including:

APDZ 333 Applied Design Technology 5
APDZ 334 Applied Design Theory 5
APDZ 335 Intro to Computational Design 5
APDZ 381 Theory of Interactivity 5
APDZ 382 Brand Communication & Marketing 5
APDZ 497 Design Practice Internship 1-5
ART 324 Printmaking for Designers 5

Design Entrepreneurship 

Certificate of Completion
18 Credits

The Design Entrepreneurship certificate prepares designers to become entrepreneurs or manage a design or technical team.

Prerequisite: Design-related associate or bachelor degree, OR any associate or bachelor degree with two years design industry experience. Portfolio review and instructor permission required for admission.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Program Requirements

APDZ 331 Managing Creativity and Innovation 5
APDZ 332 Entrepreneurship and Design 5
APDZ 361 Design Research Project 3
APDZ 441 Project Management 5

Total Program Credits

18

Design Methodology and Innovation 

Certificate of Completion
18 Credits

The Design Methodology certificate prepares students who hold a design-related degree or have significant design industry experience for job transitions, skill upgrades, and continuing industry education to remain current in their field by learning current and new best practices.

Prerequisite: Design-related associate or bachelor degree, OR any associate or bachelor degree with two years design industry experience. Portfolio review and instructor permission required for admission.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Program Requirements

APDZ 310 Survey of Applied Design 5
APDZ 312 Industrial Design Theory 5
HUM 361 Design Research Project 3
HUM 311 Design Theory 5

Total Program Credits

18