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Interdisciplinary Design


The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design is a studio-based general design degree. 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 BA in Interdisciplinary Design. 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 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.

Jamie Baldwin, senior in interdisciplinary design, presents her capstone project in DES 495, taught by Lecturer Kevin Lair.
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