BSc Design | Bachelor of Science in Design Degree | Effat University
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Design

Key Fact
  • Program name
    Design
  • Program code
    DESN
  • Chair of the Program
    Dr. Sajid Khalifa
  • Program length
    4 Years
  • Credit hours
    133

 About the Program

A designer's mind and hand shapes, structures and supports the physical and aesthetic attributes of all the products around us. As our world changes, designers must observe ​carefully and react with solutions that can inhabit, influence and further shape it. Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Design will provide you with a strong foundation in the principles, concepts, processes and practices of design; giving you the skills you need to play a meaningful role in today's design world.

Vision

The Design Department aspires to prepare designers of tomorrow, who can contribute to national and international progress of interior and product design and contribute as high quality scholars to the vision of their country.​

Mission

The Design Department prepares qualified designers with quality education, who can contribute to national and international progress in two design majors by providing integrated and comprehensive education, which engages field experience with in-class education.

Goals

  1. Be recognized as the leading Design Department nationally and internationally in the education of future creative and innovative designers.

  2. Provide a professional transparent work environment that promotes participation, innovation and ethical values as well as apply and achieve national and international accreditation for the Design Program in the coming years. 

  3. Provide an integrated, comprehensive and high quality interior and product design education, which induces students' creativity and talent by offering a diverse, interdisciplinary and rigorous curriculum led by highly qualified faculties in fully established studios and classroom environment; as well as update the learning resources that foster creativity on an international level in terms of new technologies and futuristic learning facilities for dynamic teaching and learning experience in the design field.

  4. Attract and retain talented, innovative and creative students in the design program.

  5. Recruit more highly qualified and motivated academics and researchers that present the design department's program and research at international levels.

  6. Provide innovative facilities and equipment that match with the worldwide design education and ensures sustainable interior and product design program delivery and sustain the financial status of the Design Department through future consultancy services and an ongoing student recruitment.

  7. To foster vibrant research practices that seek to serve the community, environment, socio-economic prosperity and respect the Saudi culture.

  8. Develop future partnerships with national and international partners that enrich the design program educational environment and build new bonds with the community.​​

 Concentrations

The Design Department offers two areas of concentration:

  • Interior Design
  • Product Design​

 Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the BSc Design curriculum will be able to:

Students who successfully complete the B.Sc. in Design curriculum should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Identify the physical, environmental, physiological, cognitive, cultural and social factors that shape design decisions.
  2. Identify the histories and theories of design including the influential individuals, institutions, events and factors that shaped the emergence and development of the design professions.
  3. Explain the contemporary design issues as it relates to regional, national and global contexts emphasizing interior design and product design.
  4. The ability to solve design problems, using the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.
  5. The ability to create and develop design solutions based on an understanding of the concepts, principles, processes and practices of design.
  6. The ability to describe and analyze works of design perceptively and to evaluate them critically. This ability is predicated on an understanding of the similarities, differences and relationships among the various design disciplines.
  7. Evaluate the principles of sustainability and its manifestation in the choices of materials, technologies, products, processes and systems.
  8. (Interior Design): The ability to select and specify materials, lighting, furniture, fixtures and equipment in interior spaces based on functional aesthetic, environmental, life cycle, cultural and economic criteria.

    (Product Design): The ability to design new or to improve existing mass produced products ranging from small, single use objects to larger, multi-use products and systems.
  9.  (Interior Design): The ability to design, develop and document custom, built-in and free standing furniture and case work in interior environments.

    (Product Design): The ability to apply technological tools and software related to the ideation, representation, production and testing of materials, processes, products and design.
  10. (Interior Design): The ability to develop design concepts through aesthetic, functional, structural, spatial and culturally specific elements, principles and processes related to the creation of interior places, spaces, and experiences.

    (Product Design): Explain how products work and what makes a product useful, usable, and desirable for different target audiences.
  11. The ability to apply analog and digital techniques, particularly freehand sketching, constructed hand drawings, physical and virtual modeling and prototyping, and appropriate digital tools in all phases of the design process from conceptual idea to design presentation and production.
  12. (Interior Design): Explain the business and professional practices in interior design.

    (Product Design): ​Explain the business and professional practices in product design.
  13. The ability to communicate persuasively through written, verbal, graphic, analogue and digital tools.

 Career Opportunities


The Bachelor of Science in Design program prepares graduates to be creative managers and skillful professionals for the following fields:

Jobs directly relevant to (Interior Design) concentration:

  • Interior designer
  • Interior spatial designer
  • Kitchen Designer
  • Interior Lighting Designer
  • Interior decorator 

Jobs where (Interior Design​)​ concentration may be useful include:

  • Furniture Designers
  • Exhibition designers
  • Production designer, theatre/TV/film
  • Visual merchandiser

Jobs directly relevant to Product design (Product Design) concentration:

  • Product designer
  • Industrial designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Automotive designer
  • CAD technician
  • Designer/maker

​​Jobs where (Product Design) concentration may be useful include:

  • Design engineer
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Exhibition designer
  • Jewellery designer
  • Textile designer
  • Colour technologist
  • Clothing/textile technologist
  • Production manager/planner​

 Graduation Requirements

The BSc. DESN program requires 133 credits covering 4 years of study (8 semesters).  Due to the delivery of the Design program in English language, students might be asked to complete a foundation level or two before they start the program if they lack the skills required to be admitted to the program, especially for their English language proficiency.​​

Students must complete the program with a cumulative GPA greater or equal to 2.0 out of 4.​

Total University General Education Core: 42

  • Compulsory: 13
  • General Electives: 29

Requirements in Design Major (DESN): 38

  • Compulsory: 35
  • Internship: 3

Requirements in one of the two Concentrations (Interior Design, or Product Design): 44

Technical Electives​: 9​

 Program Plan (Interior Design)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
DESN 101 Design Studio-1: Fundamentals of Design None 4 DESN 102 Design Studio-2: Design Thinking and Application DESN 101 4
DESN 121 Freehand Drawing None 3 DESN 122 Technical Drawing DESN 121 3
GENG 161 Project-Based Language Learning
and Critical Thinking
None 2 DESN 152 Color Theory:  Concepts and Applications None 3
  Information, Media and Technology None 3 GSTA 140 Elementary Statistics GMTH 141A 3
GMTH 141A Math for architecture and design None 3   Linguistic Communication (Arabic)   3
Total 15 Total 16
       
Semester 3 Semester 4
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
INTD 201 Interior Design Studio-3: Residential Design DESN 102 and
DESN 122
4 INTD 202 Interior Design Studio-4: Advanced Residential Design INTD 201 4
INTD 231 History and Theory of Interior Design-1 None 3 INTD 232 History and Theory of Interior Design-2 INTD 231 and INTD 201 3
DESN 251 Materials and Methods-1 DESN 122 3 INTD 252 Lighting and Fixtures in Interior Design DESN 251 and
INTD 201
3
DESN 221 Digital Modelling in Design DESN 122 3 DESN 241 Human Factors and Design Psychology DESN 102 3
GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam   2   Cultural Literacy   3
  Linguistic Communication (English)   2        
Total 17 Total 16
   
Semester 5 Semester 6
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
INTD 301 Interior Design Studio-5: Office and Corporate Design INTD 202 and
INTD 232
4 INTD 302 Interior Design Studio-6: Retail and Commercial Design INTD 301
and
INTD 351
4
INTD 351 Building Systems in Interior Design INTD 252 3 DESN 342 Design for Sustainability DESN 251 and
DESN 241
3
INTD 353 Furniture and Equipment in Interior Design INTD 202 and
INTD 252
3 INTD 362 Professional Practices in Interior Design INTD 301 3
  Scientific Literacy   3   Technical Elective 1   3
  Civic Engagement   2 GSEM 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research   3
  Islamic Thought and Ethics - 2   2        
Total 17 Total 16
   
Summer Semester
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
DESN 363 Internship  97 CR and INTD 302 and
INTD 362
3
   
Semester 7 Semester 8
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
INTD 401 Interior Design Studio-7: Hospitality and Entertainment Design INTD302 4 INTD 402 Interior Design Studio-8: Capstone Project INTD 401 and
INTD 461
4
INTD 461 Capstone Project Research and Programming INTD 302 2 DESN 462 Design Entrepreneurship & Leadership DESN431 3
DESN 431 Contemporary Issues in Design DESN 342 and
INTD 362
3   Technical elective 3   3
  Technical Elective 2   3   Linguistic Communication
(Foreign Languages)
  2
  Global Awareness   3   Islamic Thought and Ethics - 3   2
  Linguistic Communication
(Foreign Languages)
  2   Physical and Environmental Wellbeing   2
Total 17 Total 16​

 Program Plan (Product Design)

Semester 1 Semester 2
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
DESN 101 Design Studio-1: Fundamentals of Design None 4 DESN 102 Design Studio-2: Design Thinking and Application DESN 101 4
DESN 121 Freehand Drawing None 3 DESN 122 Technical Drawing DESN 121 3
GENG 161 Project-Based Language Learning
and Critical Thinking
- 2 DESN 152 Color Theory: Concepts and Applications None 3
  Information, Media and Technology - 3 GSTA 140 Elementary Statistics GMTH 141A 3
GMTH 141A Math for architecture and design - 3   Linguistic Communication (Arabic)   3
Total 15 Total 16
       
Semester 3 Semester 4
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
PROD 201 Product Design Studio-3: Analysis and Design Process DESN 102
and
DESN 122
4 PROD 202 Product Design Studio-4: Product Design for Diverse Groups PROD 201 4
PROD 231 History and Theory of Product Design-1 None 3 PROD 232 History and Theory of Product Design-2 PROD 231 and
PROD 201
3
DESN 251 Materials and Methods-1 DESN 122 3 PROD 222 Advanced Sketching for Product Design DESN 121 3
DESN 221 Digital Modeling in Design DESN 122 3 DESN 241 Human Factors and Design Psychology DESN 102 3
GISL 171 Social and Moral Values in Islam   2   Scientific Literacy   3
  Linguistic Communication (English)   2        
Total 17 Total 16
   
Semester 5 Semester 6
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
PROD 301 Product design Studio-5: Product Assembly and Micro Branding PROD 202 and
PROD 232
4 PROD 302 Product design Studio-6: User Centered and Mass Customization DESN 241
and
PROD 301 and
PROD 321
4
PROD 321 Product Prototyping and Fabrication DESN 251
and
PROD 202
3 DESN 342 Design for Sustainability DESN 251 and
DESN 241
3
PROD 322 Packaging and Branding   3 PROD 362 Professional Practices in Product Design PROD 301 3
  Cultural Literacy   3   Technical Elective 1   3
  Islamic Thought and Ethics - 2   2 GSEM 200 Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research   3
  Civic Engagement   2        
Total 17 Total 16
   
Summer Semester
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
DESN 363 Internship 97 CR and PROD 302 and
PROD 362
3
   
Semester 7 Semester 8
Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits Course # Course Title Pre-requisite Credits
PROD 401 Product design studio-7: Outdoor Products PROD 302 4 PROD 402 Product Design Studio-8: Capstone Project PROD 401 and PROD 461 4
PROD 461 Capstone Project Research and Programming PROD 302 2 DESN 462 Design Entrepreneurship & Leadership DESN 431 3
DESN 431 Contemporary Issues in Design DESN 342 and
PROD 362
3   Technical elective 3   3
  Technical Elective 2   3   Linguistic Communication
(Foreign Languages)
  2
  Global Awareness   3   Islamic Thought and Ethics - 3   2
  Linguistic Communication
(Foreign Languages)
  2   Physical and Environmental Wellbeing   2
Total 17 Total 16 ​

 Fact Sheet

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Admissions
High-School Percentage
Science Section
80%
Art Section
80%
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math Level *DTMS
Part
part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Cut-Score
512 - 612 - 712 - 412
Effat Placement Tests
*TOEFL+ *TWE
TOEFL (525) - TWE (5)
**IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
Interview
Required
Recommendation
Letter
3
Personal Statement
Required
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137912
Assistants
Tel.+966 12237739​ 

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