Design (BSD)

David McKenzie

"At Ohio State there is a real emphasis on critical thinking and developing our understanding of design. I would say it also gives me the opportunity to explore emerging fields of design and put me at the frontier of those fields." — David McKenzie, design student

The Department of Design's undergraduate activities fall into three major programs, each leading to the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) degree: Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communication Design. Our undergraduate degree programs provide comprehensive, professional training in the design disciplines, while also emphasizing collaboration between each of the areas of study. Students develop projects that demonstrate their abilities to create solutions that meet or exceed professional expectations.

“All three major programs directly enroll into the College of Arts and Sciences with an area of interest in one of our three design discipline declared. Selection to our three undergraduate programs then occurs via a two-part process, which begins with selection to the Pre-Design major, and ends with an annual entrance review that occurs at the close of Spring semester. For more information about this process, please visit the Design website.”

The Department's degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Interior Design major program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

The Department of Design degree programs have been highly-ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Design Intelligence. In addition, Ohio State has been ranked number-one in the top 25 animation schools and colleges in the Midwest by Animation Career Review.

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Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Design take positions with design consulting offices, corporate design departments, and government design agencies, working on consumer and industrial products, building and equipment systems, and public and corporate communication projects.

courses you might take:

DESIGN 3503: Typographic Design

Introduction to basic two- and three-dimensional practices in visual communication design; emphasis on typographic design and systematic method and research techniques.

DESIGN 3101: Introduction to Industrial Design I

Introduction to divergent thinking strategies including design research, observation, abstraction, evaluation and communication in the context of Industrial Design.

DESIGN 3302: Visualization Strategies for Interior Design I

Introduction to the principles of related spatial representation in Interior Design.

DESIGN 3550.03: Materials, Process, and Production for Visual Communication Design

An overview of current and emerging materials and manufacturing processes commonly applied in production for Visual Communication Design.



Emily Stokes, industrial design, talks about why she chose design and her favorite parts about the program.

Emily Stokes, industrial design



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