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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

To become one of the distinguished educators of interior and product design profession in the kingdom, the region and the world.​

Mission

The Design Program is committed to developing creative, ethical and inspirational leaders who can make a valuable national and international  impact in the areas of interior and product design through the provision of theoretical and practical education.​

Goals

  1. Strengthen the presence of the Design Program nationally and internationally to make it stand out as one of  the distinguished design programs graduating future talented and creative designers.
  2. Generate and maintain a productive professional atmosphere that is ethically sound, creative and rich to enhance the design students’ learning and help in achieving national and international accreditation for the Design Program.
  3. Offer the highest level of design education coupled with relevant vocational training for interior and product design students using innovative teaching methods and resources.
  4. Recruit and retain caliber students, and develop them to be responsible, ethical and creative interior and product designers.
  5. Employ suitably qualified and industry trained faculty with good educational and research track record in the fields of interior and product design, and support their professional development to advance their contributions to research and community service. 
  6. Provide all students  and faculty with suitably equipped learning resources, facilities and equipment conforming to interior and product design industry standards to facilitate offering excellent teaching, learning and research experience​

 Concentrations

 

The Design Department offers two areas of concentration:

  • Interior Design
  • Product Design​

 Objectives

Bachelor of Science in design educational objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Design program will be prepared for careers as entry-level designers in both the public sector and the private sector.  Graduates will be able to carry out multiple design related tasks specifically related to the Interior Design and Product Design professions. In addition, graduates of the program will be able to pursue advanced studies at the graduate level. Following are some of the specific Educational Objective of the DESN program:​

  1. To provide graduates with a comprehensive, critical and competency based education so that they will be able to assume professional responsibilities in a range of design industries.

    Note: The program includes substantial focus on design concepts, principles, theories, applications, technologies, and the interplay of social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors.  
  2. To help graduates refine their ability to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to solve complex design problems.
  3. To prepare graduates to develop the technical skills to engage effectively in multi-disciplinary teams in the design industries.
  4. To help graduates understand the ethical and professional issues related to design based professions, businesses and industries.​

 Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

  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.

Skills

  1. 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.
  2. The ability to create and develop design solutions based on an understanding of the concepts, principles, processes and practices of design.
  3. 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.
  4. Evaluate the principles of sustainability and its manifestation in the choices of materials, technologies, products, processes and systems.

Competencies

Interior Design:

  1. 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.
  2. The ability to design, develop and document custom, built-in and free-standing furniture, and case work in interior environments.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Explain the business and professional practices in interior design.
  6. The ability to communicate persuasively through written, verbal, graphic, analog, and digital tools.

Product Design:

  1. 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.
  2. The ability to apply technological tools and software related to the ideation, representation, production and testing of materials, processes, products, and design.​
  1. Explain how products work and what makes a product useful, usable, and desirable for different target audiences.
  2. 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.
  3. Explain the business and professional practices in product design.
  4. The ability to communicate persuasively through written, verbal, graphic, analog 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)


Design Program Plan as PDF, more suitable for mobile browsing.​​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 No​ne 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)

Design Program Plan as PDF, more suitable for mobile browsing.​​

S​​emester 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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