What is Design Culture?

Design Culture is the study of the interrelationships that design and design artifacts possess. It is therefore about formal characteristics (what artifacts look like), how these are formed and the various meanings and functions.

The profession requires advanced, creative thinkers who can understand complex circumstances and propose innovative responses. Design Culture is a degree path that allows the individual to be steeped in the basics of design as a core competency, art and design histories as a foundation for inquiry.


An internship or a study abroad experience prepares the student to understand the working environment or gain first-hand exposure to another culture. The student then chooses the support courses to round out his/her education. Courses are selected that  support this career path within the framework of a liberal arts  education.

Please see the Design Culture progress sheet for required courses.