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Program Name: Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design
Degree: Bachelor of Design
Division: Design
Program Description

NSCAD’s Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design is a unique program that takes a distinctly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and process oriented approach. Design covers a range of design disciplines from communication, to graphic, interaction and product design. Focusing on the process of design thinking and the various visual and technical skills associated with the design disciplines, students learn to solve problems, identify opportunities, and communicate solutions across a broad range of media and contexts.

Ih this Major, students will gain a variety of analytical, visual, and collaborative skills. This includes: critical and strategic thinking skills, drawing, modelling, typography, digital layout skills,  research, presentation, and communication skills associated with the design profession today.

Currently, the BDES is offered in one major program: Interdisciplinary Design. In addition to your major area, you may take a minor in an approved subject. It may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits to meet both major and minor requirements. 

Program Requirements:

Entry to & Continuation in the Major Program
All students admitted to NSCAD are eligible for entry into the program after completing the Foundation requirements, if they have completed both FNDN 1450 and DSGN 1500.

Policy on Entry to the BDES Major for Students Previously Denied Entry:
Students who have been denied entry to the Bachelor of Design, major in Interdisciplinary Design, and who wish to reapply for acceptance to the major must have completed 
nine credits (three courses) of DSGN courses with a combined average grade of “B+” or higher for these courses within the next three semesters immediately after their original application for entry.

Students are not permitted to take Studio 3 and Studio 4 until they have been accepted to the major.

24 Studio; 6 LAS including:
(3) FNDN 1340: Foundation Wood & Metal
(3) FNDN 1450: Studio Practice: Design
(3) DSGN 1500: Studio Practice: Design Fundamentals (required for students intending to apply for entry to the major immediately after the Foundation year only)

6 Art History Credits:
(3) AHIS Craft & Design History 1750-1950
(3) AHIS 3150 Issues in Design History OR AHIS 3175 Design in Context: 1900 to the Present

21 Studio Credits:
(3) DSGN 2010 Design Studio 1 (Fall)
(3) DSGN 2500 Design Studio 2 (Winter)
(3) DSGN 2510 Introduction to Interactive Design
(3) DSGN 2505 Typography
(3) DSGN 2015 Product Design: Form

3 Studio Credits chosen from:
(3) DSGN/DRAW 2210 Descriptive Drawing
(3) DSGN 2601 Illustration 1: Technique
(3) DRAW/CRFT 2240 Ideagram
(3) DRAW 2250 Visual Thinking

12 Studio Credits: 
(6) DSGN 3021 Design Studio 3 (Fall)
(6) DESGN 3521 Design Studio 4 (Winter)

           18 Studio Credits (any level)

           DSGN 2150 Intro to Interdisciplinary Design (3 credits)

           9 LAS Credits:
          (3) DSGN 321x Perspectives in Design [Topic]
          (3) DSGN 4101 Design Issues
          (3) DSGN 4250 Design Management Seminar
          or alternate 3 credit LAS course approved by Division Chair (any level)

          6 LAS Credits chosen from:
          (3) DSGN/CSTU 3100 Intro to Semiotics
          (3) DSGN 3210 Human Factors for Design
          (3) DSGN 4150 Design Research 
          (3) DSGN 42xx Advanced Design Seminar: (topic)
          or alternate course(s) approved by Division Chair 

          DSGN 4020 Design Studio 5 (Fall) (6 credits)

          DSGN 4510 Design Studio 6 (Winter) (6 credits)

Available Minors:

Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Fashion, Film Studies (in cooperation with Dalhousie University, Saint Mary's University and University of King's College), Illustration, Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing, Print/Paper/Book, Textiles, Journalism (in cooperation with University of King's College)


Design Faculty Information

What do Graduates do?

Graduates of NSCAD’s Major in Interdisciplinary Design have successful careers in design firms and agencies. Many advance to become art/creative directors or establish their own design companies. In addition, design strategy is advantageous in fields such as marketing, public relations, the pure and applied sciences, health, and public policy.

Admission from High School: Applicants who have completed, or expect to complete high school by year-end but have not attended a post-secondary institution or university should apply to the Foundation Program.
Admission from University or College: All students admitted to NSCAD are eligible for entry into the program. However, students wishing to declare the Major as their degree goal must meet entry requirements and have the requisite academic standing. Students must be in Good Standing and must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses required and/ or leading to the Bachelor of Design major in Interdisciplinary Design degree. To enter the major, students must complete the required courses (listed below), and must formally declare their intention to pursue the major before enrolling in 3000-level CMDS/DSGN/PROD courses.