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Bachelor of Arts in Design

131 credit hours​


Overview

This four-year degree program explores a creative and scientific approach to design by which students conduct processes to change already existing conditions into “preferred ones.”  Students experiment with the design, fabrication, and testing of artifacts that aim to enhance the quality of human lives. The scope of projects that students will be engaged in ranges from a small piece of furniture to entire indoor spaces.

Why Choose a BA in Design?

The program is designed in a way that explores design as a problem-solving tool. Therefore, the Design program provides a broad range of interdisciplinary and professional opportunities. Students who graduate from this program will be equipped with skills that qualify them to work as practicing applied artists, interior designers, and industrial designers. By keeping the discipline current and offering a BA in Design the students will have the skills that most employers are now seeking within the design industry.

The program develops creativity and problem-solving skills; provide the tools for verbal and nonverbal communication, and develop the capacity to make wise and informed choices. The program provides an opportunity for unique self-expression, for group participation, and self-directed learning in a design studio environment. Students develop the ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate their own decisions regarding their artwork and collaborate with architecture students in a design studio environment.

Admissions, Selection and Application

Students can join the BA in Design program as follows: 

  1. Joining the program directly, or 
  2. Transferring from second-year architecture. In its first and second years, the BA in design program shares many courses with architecture. Those students who decide to pursue a degree in BA will take specialized courses in their third and fourth years.

In either case, applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from faculty or others who have known the student in an academic or research capacity, a resume, and a statement of interest. In addition, all applicants are required to attend an interview with student Selection Committee. Additionally, applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their design work. Applicants can submit these documents electronically, by regular mail or in person. If the portfolio is to be submitted in person, contact the Department of Architecture to arrange a convenient time.

Once all documents are received, the documents will be evaluated by the TSACS admission committee to determine whether the applicants fit the requirements of the program. Shortlisted applicants will be advanced to an interview. Afterward, Selected applicants will be admitted to the program. 

  


Curriculum Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies is a four-year, 131 credit hours degree program. The B.A. in Design Studies is a more traditional 4-year undergraduate degree, requiring fewer credit hours, as opposed to the 169 required by the B Arch. Because of this, students interested in focusing on design studies rather than a post-professional degree in architecture may find it more convenient to complete.

All applicants to the BA in Design major within the Department of Architecture must submit to a Design Review.

  • New Students – external applicants (freshmen, transfers, non-degree, continuing education) must apply to the Office of Admissions at Tuskegee University for general acceptance. On the general application, the student will need to complete a Design Review Submission Form.
  • Currently enrolled Students – internal transfers (from other departments within the University) must complete a Design Review Submission Form.  Admission is upon approval of the Design Review Committee and the Dean of TSACS.

Curriculum Sheet

Course Descriptions

FIRST YEAR

ARCH 101: Intro to Design Studio 1
Credits: 3
Semester: 1st Semester

This course introduces students to formal ordering systems in architecture. Students learn fundamental skills in design, drawing and model making. Design projects are architectonic - conceptual - in nature and are designed to teach students to think systematically and critically.

ENGL 101: Composition

Credits: 3
Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer
Lecture: 3
An introductory composition course focusing on the essentials of effective writing and emphasizing the expository essay. The course provides instruction and practice in writing clear, coherent, well- developed essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies.

HIST 105:  Black experience in the Americas

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters

Lecture: Lecture and discussion

This course will provide an inquiry into the background and development of African Americans on the continent of North and South America. Emphasis will be placed on the black experience in slavery, there in the political, social and economic development of the United States, and social and cultural movements in the North and South America.

MATH 107 - Pre-Calculus Algebra

Credits: 4
Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer.
Lecture: 4


Sets; real numbers; absolute value; inequalities; relations and functions; polynomial functions, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic functions; mathematical induction; finite sums and series.

ORIEN 100: Orientation

Credits: 1

Individual Growth & Development is designed to assist incoming First Years and Transfer Students in their transition to the college environment at Tuskegee University.  The course will focus on providing students with brief historical facts about Tuskegee University but most importantly provide students with information on; how to establish and consistently maintain academic success; available academic enrichment resources; academic regulations, policies and procedures; and other pertinent information impacting their academic matriculation. The course will include learning modules on test-taking strategies, time management, study skills, on-campus social issues, making healthy choices, career planning and critical thinking, all in an effort to promote more exemplary learning outcomes in regular courses.

PHED - Physical Education

Credits: 1

Semester: 1st Semester

Designed to provide instructional activities, including low impact aerobics, stretching, muscular strength training, and yoga. Students whose medical examinations indicate that they are physically unable to participate in strenuous physical activities shall be placed in this program.

ARCH 102: Intro to Design Studio 2

Credits: 3

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lab: 12

Prerequisite: ARCH 0101

This course continues the architectonic approach of ARCH 0101 and extends it to the design of inhabitable, contextualized spaces. An emphasis is placed on visual communication skills.

ENGL 102: Composition

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters., Summer.

Lecture: 3

A continuation of ENGL 0101 emphasizing persuasion, critical analysis of literature of various genres, library and Internet research techniques, and the research paper.

MATH 108 - Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

Credits: 4

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer.

Lecture: 4

Prerequisite: MATH 0107

Circular functions; trigonometric functions; vectors in the plane; complex numbers; theory of equations; analytic geometry.

ORIEN 101: Orientation

Credits: 1

Individual Growth & Development represents the 2nd part of a 2-semester course designed to assist incoming freshmen and transfer students in their transition to the college environment.  This part of the course will focus on: Becoming a Successful Student; Leadership, Ethics and Responsibility; Academic Regulations and Procedures for Undergraduates, a month-long common reading activity: Up from Slavery and Student and Engagement in On-Campus Service Projects.

PHED: Physical Education

Credits: 1

Semester: 2nd Semester

Designed to provide game-related instructional activities including low impact soccer, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. Students whose medical examinations indicate that they are physically unable to participate in strenuous physical activities shall be placed in this program.

FPAR 0103. FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING I.

1st and 2nd Semesters. Studio 2

2 credits.

This course is designed as an introduction the visual arts. All drawing media will be treated as a means of developing powers of observation, technical skills and understanding of the formal aspects of line, space, form, perspective, value, design and composition. Image surveys and group critiques will be included to further the student’s understanding of the visual language of art. There is an additional course fee, commensurate with the materials provided for student production.

SECOND YEAR

ARCH 201 - Architecture Design Studio

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st Semester

Lab: 12

Prerequisite: ARCH 0102. Co-requisite: ARCH 0252

In this course students learn to develop an architectonic concept into an architectural solution. An emphasis is placed on the analysis and use of building precedents, drawing on the congruent Architecture History I course. Students are introduced to simple building systems, the principles of sustainable design and code requirements with an emphasis on accessible design.

ARCH 221 – Ethnic Americans and the Built Environment

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st Semester

Lecture: 3

This course provides a survey of the psychological and social issues relating to the built environment. The effect of architecture on human behavior is explored as a basis for socially responsible design. Students are given an overview of basic architectural research methods, presented in such a way as to be directly applied in the congruent ARCH 0201 design studio. An emphasis is placed on demonstrating critical thinking skills through writing and speaking.

ARCH 252 - Architecture History I

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st Semester

Lecture: 3

This course provides a survey of the history of the built environment from pre-history through the middle ages. A global geographical perspective is taken and works from Western and non-Western cultures are studied from each time period. An emphasis is placed on how architecture is formed by its social, geographical and technological contexts. Students’ demonstrate critical thinking skills through writing and speaking.

PHYS 301 - Elementary General Physics – I

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer.

Lecture: 3

Basic concepts and theories of measurements, mechanics, properties of matter, heat, and thermodynamics with applications in biological sciences. The course is designed for students desiring more advanced algebra based physics course. To be taken in sequence with Phys. 0302.

PHYS 303 - Introduction to Laboratory Work in Physics

Credits: 1

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer.

Lab: 2

Laboratory work illuminating the concepts, theories applications of physics as encountered in PHYS 0301.

ARCH 345 - Computer Applications

Credits: 3
Semester: 2nd Semester
Lab: 3

This course provides a survey of the use of information technology in architecture. The primary objective is for the student to become proficient at producing basic CAD drawings including site plans, floor plans, elevations and sections. Students learn how to print CAD drawings and are exposed to computer applications in design, presentation and engineering analyses. The course content is presented in such a way as to be directly applied in the congruent ARCH 0202 design studio.

ARCH 202 - Architecture Design Studio

Credits: 6

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lab: 12

Prerequisite: ARCH 0201 Co-requisites: ARCH 0211, ARCH 0352, and ARCH 0345

This course continues the approach of ARCH 0201 and its emphasis on building precedents, building systems, sustainable design and accessible design. Computer applications in design are introduced. in connection with the ARCH 0211 Presentation course, students create a digital portfolio of their work.

ARCH 211 - Architectural Presentation

Credits: 3

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lab: 3

This course provides a survey of the presentation methods used by architects to communicate design ideas. Students explore various two-, and three-dimensional media, including manual and digital methods. Students create a portfolio of their work for inclusion in their application to the Professional Program. The course content is presented in such a way as to be directly applied in the congruent ARCH 0202 design studio.

ARCH 352 - Architecture History II

Credits: 3

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lecture: 3

This course is a continuation of ARCH 0252 and provides a survey of the history of the built environment from the Renaissance through the present. A global geographical perspective continues to be taken and works from Western and non-Western cultures are studied from each time period. Students’ demonstrate critical thinking skills through writing and speaking.

PHYS 302 - Elementary General Physics - II

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer.

Lecture: 3

Basic concepts, theories and applications of sound, optics, electricity, magnetism, elements of electronics (electrical circuits).

PHYS 304 - Introduction to Laboratory Work in Physics

Credits: 1

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, Summer.

Lab: 2

Laboratory work illuminating the concepts, theories, applications of physics as encountered in PHYS 0302.

THIRD YEAR

*DESI 0301 – Design Studio (Applied Art)

Credits: 6

Semester: 1st Semester

Lab: 12

Prerequisite: ARCH 0202 Co-requisites: ARCH 0331, ARCH 0341 and ARCH 0343.

In this course, the student applies an expanded knowledge of building systems to the design process. Content from congruent building technology courses will be applied in studio projects in an integrated way. An emphasis is placed on the form-generating role of the building site and context. Life safety requirements are stressed as an integral part of the design concept.

FPAR 0106 - Two-Dimensional Design

3
Semester: 1st Semester.
Design means to plan, to organize. The design student plans the arrangement of elements to form a visual pattern. Through a series of visual problems developed by the student and instructor, the student will be required to depict creative visual specific solutions using the design process. The student’s creativity will be enhanced through his/her originality, imagination and ability to resolve visual problems with unusual solutions.
 

*DESI 302 – Design Studio (Interiors)

Credits: 6

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lab: 12

Prerequisite: DESI 0301 or ARCH 0301

This course continues the application of knowledge from congruent architectural technology courses focusing on the principles of interior architecture.

*DESI 361 - Independent Study I

Credits: 3

Semester: 1ST, 2nd and summer.

Prerequisite: DESI 0201 or ARCH 0201

This is an independent study course in which the student initiates and implements an architectural project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Prior to beginning the work, the student and advisor sign an agreement describing the scope of work, learning objectives, grading criteria and schedule.

*DESI 362 - Independent Study II

Credits: 3

Semester: 1ST, 2nd and 3d Semesters.

Prerequisite: DESI 0202 or ARCH 0202

This is an independent study course in which the student initiates and implements an architectural project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Prior to beginning the work, the student and advisor sign an agreement describing the scope of work, learning objectives, grading criteria and schedule.

ARCH 331 - Materials and Construction I

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st Semester

Lecture: 3

Prerequisite(s): ARCH Professional Program admittance. Co-requisite: ARCH 0343 .

This course, the first in a two-course sequence, covers the materials and methods related to wood and masonry construction. A historical overview of these materials is provided. Their role in sustainable design is presented including embodied energy and green building materials and processes. An emphasis is placed on building material assemblies and outline specifications. The course content is presented in such a way as to be directly applied in the congruent ARCH 0301 design studio.

ARCH 332 - Materials and Construction II

Credits: 3

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lecture: 3

Prerequisite(s): ARCH 0331, Co requisite(s): ARCH 0344 

This course, the second in a two-course sequence, covers the materials and methods related to steel and reinforced concrete construction. A historical overview of these materials is provided. Their role in sustainable design is presented including embodied energy and green building materials and processes. An emphasis is placed on building material assemblies and outline specifications. The course content is presented in such a way as to be directly applied in the congruent ARCH 0302 design studio.

FPAR 110 - The Black Aesthetic

Credits: 3

Semester: 1st and 2nd Semesters, summer

Lecture: 3

A broad, comprehensive study of the significance of the arts for human life in order to develop a fuller understanding of the Humanities and the creative process in the western world with the emphasis on the black experience. Students will become aware of the development and importance of a black aesthetic as it relates to black consciousness.

ARCH 368 Humanities in Architecture

Credits: 3

Semester: 2nd Semesters, summer

Lecture: 3

Prerequisite: ARCH 221

s conduct intentional discussions of African American experiences and inequalities in the architecture profession and draw conclusions between architecture and human culture. The students will interview architects who integrate interdisciplinary practices in firms headed by African Americans. The interviews will develop questions – the “what”, “so what” and ultimately “what differences have your practices made?”

FOURTH YEAR

*DESI 401 - Capstone Seminar (Capstone Project)

Credits: 6

Semester: 1st Semester

Lab: 12

Prerequisite: DESI 0302 or ARCH 0302.

This course is a collaborative seminar format presenting the research tools, techniques, and strategies required to develop, refine, and write a capstone paper.  During this course, the student will select a capstone project that may be predetermined by the professor and/or other designees or an approved project of their choosing.  The capstone is an academic project that applies a research agenda and a design experiment to a conceptual framework/idea.

FPAR 0420 - Form and Analysis I

2
Semester: 1st Semester
Lecture: 2
Course introduces students to forward analysis of works of art. Students learn to critique and appreciate art from multi-dimensional perspectives.

FPAR 0404 - THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN I.
Credits: 3

1st Semester

Course introduces students to design theory relating to the 3-dimensional world.

*DESI 402 – Design Studio (Industrial)

Credits: 6

Semester: 2nd Semester

Lab: 12
Prerequisite: DESI 0301 or ARCH 0301
In this course the student implements the thesis developed in the ARCH 0503 Thesis Seminar course. The student is allowed wide latitude in the type of project undertaken. The student is expected to draw from the full scope and depth of knowledge and skills acquired in the previous design studios. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking, originality, ethical design and perceptual sensitivity.
 

ARCH  369  Culturally-Responsive Practices

Credits: 3

2nd semester, summer

Lecture: 3

Prerequisite(s): ARCH 221, ARCH 368

This course focuses on ways students learn how to develop free and critical thinking skills and how to discuss culturally- responsive designs that reflect and responds to the culture of those using the space. Students build knowledge of their culture by researching culturally responsive designs by African American architects, planners/landscape architects, builders and other designers of color.


CONTACT US

Tuskegee University
Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science
Willcox Building C, Room 115
1200 W. Montgomery Rd.
Tuskegee, Alabama 36088
  
Email: tsacs@tuskegee.edu
Voice: (334) 727-8330
Fax: (334) 724-4198
  
Office of the Dean
Email: cjbell@tuskegee.edu
Voice: (334) 727-8014
Fax: (334) 725-5980