Comprehensive Design (B.S.)

Explore design at the intersection architecture + design + more

If you have a fascination with three-dimensional form and an aptitude for visual problem-solving and space planning, the Comprehensive Design B.S. may be a good fit for you. This program offers an in depth investigation of the fundamental design processes that these disciplines share - exploring design at the intersection of architecture, interior design, industrial design, urban planning, and more

The curriculum introduces a wide range of historic and contemporary examples of art, design, and architecture as the basis for articulation of visual concepts through manipulation of forms and materials. Cross-disciplinary workshops and participation in forums of exchange help you make connections between the different areas of art and design and interact with peers across majors.

B.S. in Comprehensive Design curriculum

In addition to the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements, students must complete the following requirements:

  1. Foundations
    1. CASE English Composition
    2. Mathematical Modeling
  2. CASE Foreign Language. Choose from:
    1. CASE Foreign Language: proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework.
    2. Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the first year of college-level coursework in addition to the completion of the CASE Culture Studies requirements (both CASE Diversity in the United States and CASE Global Civilizations and Cultures).
  3. CASE Intensive Writing
  4. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
    1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
    2. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 3 courses
  5. CASE Critical Approaches
  6. CASE Public Oral Communication

Students pursuing the B.S. in Comprehensive Design must also complete the following requirements:

  • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
  • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising (complete 2 times with a different topic)
  • SOAD-A 201 Forum of Exchange I (complete 2 times for a total of 2 credit hours)
  • SOAD-A 401 Forum of Exchange II (complete 4 times for a total of 4 credit hours)

Complete any two (2) Art History (ARTH) courses at the 300–400 level

  • SOAD-C 181 Design: Creative Revolution
  • SOAD-C 280 Introduction to Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 380 Topical Issues in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 381 Topical Issues in Collaborative Design
  • SOAD-D 304 Critical Theory, Writing and Thinking for the Studio Practice
  • SOAD-C 480 Special Problems in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 481 Intensive Seminar in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-X 373 Internship in Professional Practice

Students must complete a semester-long immersive design experience such as supervised studio work and independent study with a distinguished designer in residence, participation in an IU-approved/sponsored Study Abroad Program, a full-time design-related internship in the private sector, or a semester in residence at IUCA+D in Columbus.

SOAD-X 490 Independent Study in Interior Design (complete 2 times for a total of at least 4 credit hours)

Sketch + render + build

When pursuing a major Comprehensive Design, you'll investigate both analog and digital applications of drawing, 2D composition, and 3D construction, utilizing more complex methods to realize your designs.

You will develop free-hand sketching and hard-line rendering skills, and create prototypes of objects and spaces using traditional building techniques while also employing the latest 3D modeling and 3D printing technology.

Comprehensive design internships

Many students begin exploring internship opportunities as early as their first year, though many employers prefer students who are juniors or seniors.

IU provides networking opportunities and career services through the College of Arts and Sciences Walter Center for Career Achievement. Students can schedule an appointment to meet with a career coach affiliated with their major to discuss the process of researching internships and preparing effective resumes and cover letters.

Additionally, the Comprehensive Design faculty provide opportunities for networking with industry professionals through job shadowing, field trips, and guest speakers in the classroom. They are also available, by appointment, to assist in resume and portfolio preparation for internships.

Comprehensive Design students can pursue internship opportunities with the following organizations:

  • Indiana University- Architect's Office
  • Indiana University- Residential Programs and Services, Interior Design Department
  • Kimball Office