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Sustainable Design

Bachelor of Design Studies


The BAC is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014. 

In the Sustainable Design concentration, students investigate how design professionals can shape a sustainable future. Sustainable Design students explore a wide range of topics including high performance building design, sustainable urban planning, and holistic natural resource conservation. In addition, students study design method, develop creative skills and explore other subjects through open 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 variety of positions to gain practical, hands-on experience in their area of study. As a result, our graduates are able to leave the BAC with a substantial resume, including professional experience and a diverse portfolio...more


The academic curriculum in design studies includes a core course of study in design and an in-depth investigation of sustainable design topics. The core curriculum includes design studio, drawing and design media, design history and theory, and liberal studies. The Sustainable Design curriculum includes the fundamentals of sustainable building design, ecological planning, and resource management...more