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Design History Theory and Criticism

Bachelor Design Studies


The BAC is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014. 

In the Design History, Theory, and Criticism Concentration, students will explore the principles of design and how design influences human activity. The student will develop an understanding of how the built environment has been shaped in the past, is being shaped now, and the forces that will shape it in the future. Through the rigorous application of research and analysis, students will study spatial design in the broadest context examining the environmental, social, cultural, economical, political, technical and aesthetic influences on the design process as well as on the "finished product" itself.

The curriculum of the Design History, Theory, and Criticism Concentration covers a wide range of history and theory topics, design courses and general electives. This breadth of inquiry allows students to pursue a course of study tailored to their own interests and career objectives.


Experiential learning is the cornerstone of a BAC education. The Practice component is the daytime "laboratory" portion of the BAC's concurrent design education. Students work in a paid position in a design firm, usually during the day. As a result, our graduates usually leave the BAC with substantial resumes, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio...more


The Design Studies curriculum is made up of two components.

  • The Practice component: Students are required to earn practice credits in a related position and reach an appropriate level of competency both in the concentration discipline and general professional skills.
  • The Academic component: Students earn credits in areas of study that include foundation, visual studies, technology and management, history and theory, liberal studies and in the areas related to their individualized concentration...more