Design - Digital Design Emphasis, BA/BS


Program Description

This program spans all forms of visual communication with a unique tie to emerging technologies. Students can choose from three emphasis areas, Graphic Design, Digital Design and Interaction Design. Courses teach students to work in both print and interactive mediums. Students learn to integrate Design Thinking and design theory with hands-on application both in and out of the classroom.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

Design Core Requirements

ART 11303-Dimensional Design I3
ARTH 3750Graphic Design History3
DES 1100Intro to Digital Design (or DES 1101 and 1102 and 1103)3
or DES 1111 Intro to Digital Design Skills Exam
DES 1200Image Making3
DES 1300Design I3
DES 2100Design Thinking3
DES 2200Photography for Design3
DES 2300Design II3
DES 2710Typography I3
DES 2780Making and Materials3
DES 3000Design III3
DES 3610Portfolio Development I1
DES 4600Senior Project3
DES 4610Portfolio Development II2
ENGL 2100Technical Writing (ALCS)3
or ENGL 3010 Professional Writing and Business Ethics
IXD 1300Web for Designers3

Digital Design Emphasis Requirements

DES 3300Motion Graphics I3
DES 3400Information Design3
DES 36003-D Visualization3
IXD 3500Interface Design3
Complete fifteen credits (15) from the following courses:15
Drawing and Composition (FA)
Digital Photography (FA)
Intro to Printmaking
Creative Perspective Drawing
Digital Painting (Non-Repeatable)
Screen Printing
Typography II
Production Design
Motion Graphics II
Publication Design
Package Design
Independent Research
Special Topics in Design
Foundations in Interaction Design
Intro to Tangible Interaction
Interaction Design
Tangible Interaction
Tech Entrepreneurship
Online Marketing and SEO (ALCS)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher required in all design courses