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DESIGN Design Minor Information Catalog UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

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Contents About the COLLEGE OF DESIGN 2 CONNECT with the College 2 COLLEGE OF DESIGN Minors 3 DECLARING the Design Minor 3 Minor REQUIREMENTS 4 POPULAR COURSES In Detail 4 McNEAL HALL Campus Map 5 RAPSON HALL Campus Map 5 Contact Information 6

About the COLLEGE OF DESIGN The College of Design encompasses the full range of design disciplines and is home to seven undergraduate majors, 19 graduate degree programs, and 10 centers, the Goldstein Museum of Design. The faculty, students and staff in the college seek to advance the quality and value of the natural, designed, and social environments with an emphasis on sustainable, socially responsible, civically engaged, usersensitive, critical and collaborative design work.

CONNECT with the College College of Design Blog The College of Design Blog is updated daily and contains categorized information and current events involving the College. Visit at:

Emerging Magazine Our Mission Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota leads, innovates and educates in the full range of design fields by researching ongoing and emerging issues, exploring new knowledge, and addressing and solving real-world problems; all while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking.

Our Vision In order to prepare our students to confront the real challenges of our time, every College of Design graduate from the University of Minnesota will: Be able to apply design thinking as a way to address issues big and small confronting the local and world community Understand and be prepared for the social, environmental, and economic ramifications of each problem they address and every decision they make in their work Not only be able to conceive unique ideas, but be capable of implementing those ideas through actionable plans, projects, or strategies.


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COLLEGE OF DESIGN Minors Design Minor The Design Minor is an interdisciplinary program that spotlights the design process and shows how design thinking can be used as a catalyst for exploration and research. Choosing from a selection of both lecture and studio courses, students are introduced to the history, theory, and practice of design across multiple design disciplines.

With the Design Minor students may compose their own individual program in which they will: • understand the interdisciplinary nature of the design process • appreciate the role design plays in everyday life • experience design thinking and action • explore and expand their own design interests • understand how to work with designers in their chosen field The design minor provides an integrated education in design where students enhance their learning by making connections between traditional design courses and non-traditional views of design.

DECLARING the Design Minor Students interested in declaring the minor are strongly urged to meet with a design minor adviser prior to taking courses for the minor. The adviser will assist in course planning and the declaration process. It is important to speak with an adviser regarding course selection from the many elective courses available.

Admisions Requirements You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA. To declare the Design Minor Contact the College of Design Student Services at 612-624-1717 OR Stop by 12 McNeal Hall to schedule an appointment with a design minor adviser. Minor Requirements This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits. All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and completed with a C- or better. A maximum of two courses taken for a major or another minor may be used toward the design minor.




Design Thinking: “Big Picture” (select one) Course Name Arch 1701/1701H: The Designed Environment (fall term only) Des 1101W/1101V: Introduction to Design Thinking (Arts & Humanities; Writing Intensive) LA 1001: Sustainability by Design Thinking (The Environment) (spring term only) LA 1401: The Designed Environment (spring term only)

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Des 1101W/1101V: Introduction to Design Thinking

This course is an introduction to the theories and processes that underpin design thinking and practice. Students investigate the interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine the quality of those interactions, the practice of the design professions, and the power of design in culture.



Design Thinking: “Hands On” (select one) Course Name Arch 1281: Design Fundamentals I (spring term only) Des 1111/1111H: Creative Problem Solving Des 2101: Design and Visual Presentation (spring term only) GDes 1315: The Graphic Studio GDes 3312: Color and Form in Surface Design LA 1301: Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing (Arts & Humanities) ME 2011: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (fall term only) PDes 3170/5170: Toy Product Design (spring term only)

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Refer to Undergraduate Catalog for a list of approved courses:


Des 1111/1111H: Creative Problem Solving

This course presents classic and new techniques through student activities, research, papers, projects, and exams. The use and mastery of creativity is the goal for this class and this semester. Assignments, lectures, discussions, and projects all will focus on this development of creative skills. This is the course that is the center of student activities at the University; it is the one course that deals most directly with creativity and creation. It is not directly about artistic creation; creativity is needed in all fields including business, engineering, medicine, and sociology. The nature of a student’s university experience, particularly as a first year student, is a unique and different cognitive experience. Students must learn to think logically, utilize their critical thinking skills, explore ideas and to combine, integrate, and re-invent the way they think.

McNEAL HALL Campus Map


Location Information Courses specific to the Design Minor are primarily housed at McNeal Hall on the St. Paul Campus, as well as Rapson Hall on the East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus.

1985 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108

89 Church Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455



DESIGN Contact Information St. Paul Offices

Minneapolis Offices

Address 32 McNeal Hall 1985 Buford Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108

Address 101 Rapson Hall 89 Church Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone 612-626-9068 Fax 612-625-1922

Phone 612-626-9068 Fax 612-625-7525


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Design Minor Catalog for University of Minnesota College of Design.