College of Design

Interdisciplinary Programs

Interdisciplinary Design

Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design is a studio-based general design degree approved by the state Board of Regents in June 2011. This interdisciplinary undergraduate program, which takes advantage of the full range of offerings at the College of Design, is among the first of its kind in the United States.

The curriculum developed out of a shared philosophy that designers have the capacity to generate ideas and think creatively about addressing society’s increasing economic, social and environmental challenges. Innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and valued. BA in Interdisciplinary Design graduates will be prepared for a wide range of career paths and graduate programs.

This program provides a strong foundation for students interested in pursuing a graduate professional design degree at Iowa State and other schools, in fields such as architecture (MArch), landscape architecture (MLA), industrial design (MID), interior design (MA, MFA), and community and regional planning (MCRP). These programs typically take 5-6 semesters after completion of the BDes. Graduate tracks are also available in studio arts (MFA) and graphic design (MA, MFA) for students with additional undergraduate preparation in these areas.

The BA in Interdisciplinary Design degree can be completed in four years for students entering as freshman and in as few as four semesters for transfer students who have completed general education requirements elsewhere. Students can also pursue this degree in conjunction with a second major or minor at Iowa State.