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BSc Design Degree

Key Fact
  • Program name
    BSc Design Degree
  • Program code
    DESN
  • Program Chair
    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.

 
At the early years of your academic journey at Bachelor of Science in Design, you will take General Education Program (GEP), attributed to the Liberal Arts – American style education. The (GEP) covers arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technological studies to help you gain insight into varied critical learning skills, investigate essential branches of knowledge, and develop appreciation of diversity and change across time, culture, and national boundaries.​​

 Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

To be recognized globally as a leader in the field of product and interior design education, by enhancing the state-of-the-art facility, coupled with innovative world class research in a progressive context to connect the design with culture, environment and human needs.​

Mission

Committed to advance the design profession locally and globally by developing creative and innovative design leaders to shape the culturally rich products and interior environment, supported by the world class research to deliver the sustainable solutions through design excellence.

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 talented and creative design leaders in correspondence to its vision and mission and pursue their achievement progress to help achieve the strategic plan goals.

  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 record of research and community service in the fields of interior and product design and support their professional development.

  6. Provide all students and faculty with well-equipped learning resources, facilities and equipment conforming to interior and product design industry standards to offer excellent teaching, learning and research experience

  7. Stimulate design research and development sphere that supports creation of innovative ideas and solutions that strengthen the economic sustainability and promote entrepreneurship. 

  8. Empower the design program to play a significant role in community service, design knowledge dissemination, symposia, and endowing volunteering activities, that reinforces collaboration with local and international community, and inculcate the social responsibility​

 Educational 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.​​​

 Concentrations

​The Design Department offers two areas of concentration:

  • Interior Design
  • Product Design​​​

 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​​​

 


 Study Plan (Interior Design)

Design - Interior Design Concentration Study Plan ​(PDF)

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • DESN 101
    Design Studio 1: Fundementals of Design
    None
    1-6-4
  • DESN 121
    Freehand Drawing
    None
    0-6-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • GMTH 181A
    Pre-Calculus A
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • DESN 102
    Design Studio 2: Design Thinking and Application
    DESN 101
    1-6-4
  • DESN 122
    Technical Drawing
    DESN 121
    2-2-3
  • GSTA 181
    Introductory Statistics
    None
    3-0-3
  • DESN 152
    Color Theory: Concepts and Applications
    None
    2-2-3
  • GARB 161
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 201
    Interior Design Studio 3: Residential Design
    DESN 102, DESN 122
    1-6-4
  • INTD 231
    History and Theory of Interior Design 1
    None
    3-0-3
  • DESN 251
    Materials and Methods 1
    DESN 122
    2-2-3
  • DESN 221
    Digital Modeling in Design
    DESN 122
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    English Language II
    GENG 131
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 202
    Interior Design 4: Advanced Residential Design
    INTD 201
    1-6-4
  • INTD 232
    History and Theory of Interior Design 2
    INTD 231, INTD 201
    3-0-3
  • INTD 252
    Lighting and Fixtures in Interior Design
    DESN 251, INTD 201
    2-2-3
  • DESN 241
    Human Factors and Design Psychology
    INTD 201
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 301
    Interior Design Studio 5: Office and Corporate Design
    INTD 202, INTD 232
    1-6-4
  • INTD 351
    Building Systems in Interior Design
    INTD 252
    2-2-3
  • INTD 353
    Furniture and Equipment in Interior Design
    INTD 202, INTD 252
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Computer Science and Technology
     
    3-0-3
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    1-2-2
  • Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    0-0-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 302
    Internior Design Studio 6: Retail and Commercial Design
    INTD 301, INTD 351
    1-6-4
  • DESN 342
    Design for Sustainability
    DESN 251, DESN 241
    3-0-3
  • INTD 362
    Professional Practices in Interior Design
    INTD 301
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical elective 1
     
    0-0-3
  • GSEM 201
    Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Summer Session

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • DESN 363
    Internship
    97 Credit Hours, INTD 302, INTD 362
    0-0-3
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 401
    Interior Design Studio 7: Hospitality and Entertainment Design
    INTD 302
    1-6-4
  • INTD 461
    Capstone Project Research and Programming
    INTD 302
    1-2-2
  • DESN 431
    Contemporary Issues in Design
    DESN 342, INTD 362
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective 2

    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness I
     
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    0-0-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 402
    Interior Design Studio 8: Capstone Project
    INTD 401, INTD 461
    1-6-4
  • DESN 462
    Design Entrepreneurship & Leadership
    DESN 431
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective 3
     
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Physical & Environmental Sciences
     
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness II
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Total Credit Hours required for DESN Program:
     
     
    133

 Study Plan (Product Design)

Design - Product Design Concentration Study Plan (PDF)​

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • DESN 101
    Design Studio 1: Fundementals of Design
    None
    1-6-4
  • DESN 121
    Freehand Drawing
    None
    0-6-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • GMTH 181A
    Pre-Calculus A
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • DESN 102
    Design Studio 2: Design Thinking and Application
    DESN 101
    1-6-4
  • DESN 122
    Technical Drawing
    DESN 121
    2-2-3
  • GSTA 181
    Introductory Statistics
    None
    3-0-3
  • DESN 152
    Color Theory: Concepts and Applications
    None
    2-2-3
  • GARB 161
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PROD 201
    Product Design Studio 3: Analysis and Design Process
    DESN 102, DESN 122
    1-6-4
  • PROD 231
    History and Theory of Product Design 1
    None
    3-0-3
  • DESN 241
    Materials and Methods 1
    DESN 122
    2-2-3
  • DESN 221
    Digital Modeling in Design
    DESN 122
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    English Language II
    GENG 131
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PROD 202
    Product Design 4: Product Design for Diverse Groups
    PROD 201
    1-6-4
  • PROD 232
    History and Theory of Product Design 2
    PROD 231, PROD 201
    3-0-3
  • PROD 222
    Advanced Sketching for Product Design
    DESN 121
    0-6-3
  • DESN 241
    Human Factors and Design Psychology
    DESN 102
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PROD 301
    Product Design Studio 5: Product Assembly and Micro Branding
    PROD 202, PROD 232
    1-6-4
  • PROD 321
    Product Prototyping and Fabrication
    DESN 221, DESN 251, PROD 202
    2-2-3
  • PROD 322
    Packaging and Branding
    None
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Computer Science and Technology
     
    3-0-3
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    1-2-2
  • Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    0-0-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PROD 302
    Product Design Studio 6: User Centered and Mass Customization
    DESN 241, PROD 301, PROD 321
    1-6-4
  • DESN 342
    Design for Sustainability
    DESN 251, DESN 241
    3-0-3
  • PROD 362
    Professional Practices in Product Design
    PROD 301
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical elective 1
     
    0-0-3
  • GSEM 201
    Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Summer Session

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • DESN 363
    Internship
    97 Credit Hours, PROD 302, PROD 362
    0-0-3
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • INTD 401
    Interior Design Studio 7: Outdoor Products
    PROD 302
    1-6-4
  • PROD 461
    Capstone Project Research and Programming
    PROD 302
    1-2-2
  • DESN 431
    Contemporary Issues in Design
    DESN 342. PROD 362
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective 2
     
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness I
     
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    0-0-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PROD 402
    Product Design Studio 8: Capstone Project
    PROD 401, PROD 461
    1-6-4
  • DESN 462
    Design Entrepreneurship & Leadership
    DESN 431
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Technical Elective 3
     
    0-0-3
  • Choice
    Physical & Environmental Sciences
     
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness II
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Total Credit Hours required for DESN Program:
     
     
    133

 Fact Sheet

 

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Admissions
High-School Percentage
Science Section
80%
Art Section
80%
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math
Cut-Score
60%
One of the Following Placement Tests
iBT TOEFL
53
LNGT
162
IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
Interview
Required
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137912
Assistants
Tel.+966 12237739​ 

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