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Design
Key Fact
  • Program name
    Design
  • Program code
    DESN
  • Dept. chair
    Dr. Moshira El Rafey
  • Program length
    4 Years
  • Credit hours
    133

 About the Program

The new BSc Design Program at Effat University is committed to educating a new generation of young female Saudi Arabian designers, instilling them with an appreciation of their own culture whilst facilitating awareness of regional and global issues, and an understanding of cultural diversity beyond their own.
Through one of the three distinct tracks - Environmental Design (ENVD), Interior Design (INTD), and Product Design (PROD) – you'll be able to focus on specific areas of interest. In turn, these will prepare you for practice in your chosen field or future graduate study. The three tracks were carefully chosen with reference to their overlapping academic domains, closely aligned professional practices and rising number of employment opportunities available regionally, nationally and internationally.
The unique mix of disciplines within the Program allow you to explore new educational and research paths, providing you with knowledge and competencies that will enhance your career prospects. It embraces technological advancements as a means of appropriately addressing current social conditions and the needs of present-day society. It encourages the production of highly creative and innovative work from our students.​

 Learning Outcomes

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

  • Define important design issues and creative processes related to composition, scale, proportions, identity, meaning, perception, sensitivity to context, and response to needs.
  • Apply specialized knowledge and skills related to ENVD, INTD and PROD conventions of manual and digital drawing and modelling processes and applications.
  • Recall significant historical precedents, design theories, emergent issues and multidisciplinary approaches in design in regional, national and global contexts.
  • Explore properties and qualities of various materials, manufacturing processes and production technologies, while explicitly examining their role in developing and supporting design concepts, and the potential for innovation.
  • Integrate scale-related media (photographic, digital, handwork, drawing and modelling) in order to produce measured ENVD, INTD, and PROD technical and representational drawing and models to a professional level.
  • Access critical knowledge of the history and theory of design, and analyze various environmental, aesthetic, functional, spatial and culturally-specific factors that shape design decisions related to the creation of places, spaces, products and experiences.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop a strong personal position in response to theoretical design enquiries; work productively in a group and take on group-leadership roles.
  • Produce design works that are explicit in their cultural and social purpose, and are fully integrated and comprehensively communicated in designs.

 Career Opportunities

​​As a graduate of our Design Program, you'll be able to move into a satisfying career in private practice or work as an Environmental, Interior or Product Designer for a firm or government organization. Your general design skills and broad training will also bring you opportunities in careers outside mainstream practice, including:
  • Exhibition Design
  • Installation Art and Design
  • Film and Set Design
  • Gaming and Media Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Property Developments
  • Project Management
  • Teaching and Research

 Graduation Requirements

To obtain a BSc in Design, the student must complete 133 credit hours in total, consisting of: 57 credit hours of Design courses, 25 credit hours of one of the possible three tracks (ENVD, INTD, PROD), 9 credit hours of technical elective courses, and 42 credit hours of General Education courses.​
Students must complete the program with a cumulative GPA greater or equal to 2.0 out of 4.

  • General Education Requirements:42
  • Major Core Requirements:57
  • Track Technical Core Requirements:25
  • Technical Elective Requirements:9
  • College Core MATH Requirements:0
  • Free Electives:0
  • TOTAL:133​

 Program Plan (Product Design)


Foundation Year
Semester 1 – Foundation 1
Semester 2 – Foundation 2
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
LANG 011
Reading & Critical
Thinking-I
3
LANG 012
Reading & Critical
Thinking-II
3
LANG 013
Academic Writing - I
3
LANG 014
Academic Writing - II
3
LANG 015
Listening  and Speaking - I
3
LANG 016
Listening  and Speaking - II
3
SSKL 021
Independent Learning & Research Skills - I
2
SSKL 022
Independent Learning & Research Skills - II
2
ARD 051
Visual Communication
3
ARD 054
Creative Design
3
ARD 055
Basic Physics for
Engineering - I
2
ARD 056
Basic Physics for
Engineering - II
2
MATH 041
Basic Math - I
3
MATH 042
 Basic Math - II
3
CL 031
Computer Literacy
0
IL 032
Information Literacy
0
Total Credit Hours
19
Total Credit Hours
19
Freshman Year
Year 1 – Semester 1
Year 1 – Semester 2
DESN 101
Design Studio 1
4
DESN 102
Design Studio 2
4
DESN 121
Freehand Drawing
3
DESN 122
Technical Drawing
3
GENG 161
Project Based Language Learning and Critical Thinking
2
DESN 152
Color: Concepts, Theories and Applications
3
Information, Media and Technology
3
Linguistic Communication (English)
2
GMTH 141A
Mathematics for Architecture and Design
3
Linguistic Communication (Arabic)
3
PROD 302
Product Design Studio 6
4
 GISL 171
Social and Moral Values in Islam
2
Total Credit Hours
18
Total Credit Hours
17
Sophomore Year
Year 2 - Semester 3
Year 2 - Semester 4
PROD 201
Product Design Studio 3
4
PROD 202
Product Design Studio 4
4
DESN 221
Digital Modelling in Design
3
DESN 252
Materials and Methods – 2
3
DESN 231
History of Design
3
PROD 232
History & Theory of Product Design
3
DESN 251
Materials and Methods – 1
3
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement I
2
GSTA 140
Elementary Statistics
3
Physical and Environmental Wellbeing
2
 
 
 
 
Cultural Literacy
3
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
17
Junior Year
Year 3 - Semester 5
Year 3 - Semester 6
PROD 301
Product Design Studio 5
4
PROD 302
Product Design Studio 6
4
DESN 341
Human Factors and Design Psychology
3
DESN 342
Design for Sustainability
4
PROD 321
Product Prototyping and Fabrication
3
 
PROD 362
Professional Practices in Product Design
3
Technical Elective 1
3
GSEM 200
Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research
3
 
Scientific Literacy
3
 
Technical Elective 2
3
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
16
Summer Session
DESN 363
Internship
3
 
Senior Year
Year 4 - Semester 7
Year 4 - Semester 8
DESN 401
Design Studio 7: Interdisciplinary Project
5
DESN 402
Design Studio 8: Capstone Project
5
DESN 400
Capstone Preparation: Design research and Programming
3
DESN 462
Design Entrepreneurship and Leadership
3
DESN 431
Contemporary Issues in Design
3
 
Technical Elective 3
3
 
Civic Engagement
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
Global Awareness
3
 
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II
2
 
 
 
Total Credit Hours
17
Total Credit Hours
16​

 Program Plan (Interior Design)


Foundation Year
Semester 1 – Foundation 1
Semester 2 – Foundation 2
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
LANG 011
Reading & Critical
Thinking-I
3
LANG 012
Reading & Critical
Thinking-II
3
LANG 013
Academic Writing - I
3
LANG 014
Academic Writing - II
3
LANG 015
Listening  and Speaking - I
3
LANG 016
Listening  and Speaking - II
3
SSKL 021
Independent Learning & Research Skills - I
2
SSKL 022
Independent Learning & Research Skills - II
2
ARD 051
Visual Communication
3
ARD 054
Creative Design
3
ARD 055
Basic Physics for
Engineering - I
2
ARD 056
Basic Physics for
Engineering - II
2
MATH 041
Basic Math - I
3
MATH 042
 Basic Math - II
3
CL 031
Computer Literacy
0
IL 032
Information Literacy
0
Total Credit Hours
19
Total Credit Hours
19
Freshman Year
Year 1 – Semester 1
Year 1 – Semester 2
DESN 101
Design Studio 1
4
DESN 102
Design Studio 2
4
DESN 121
Freehand Drawing
3
DESN 122
Technical Drawing
3
GENG 161
Project Based Language Learning and Critical Thinking
2
DESN 152
Colour: Concepts, Theories and Applications
3
Information, Media and Technology
3
Linguistic Communication (English)
2
GMTH 141A
Mathematics for Architecture and Design
3
Linguistic Communication (Arabic)
3
 GISL 171
Social and Moral Values in Islam
2
Total Credit Hours
15
Total Credit Hours
17
Sophomore Year
Year 2 - Semester 3
Year 2 - Semester 4
INTD 201
Interior Design Studio 3
4
INTD 202
Interior Design Studio 4
4
DESN 221
Digital Modelling in Design
3
DESN 252
Materials and Methods – 2
3
DESN 231
History of Design
3
INTD 232
History & Theory of Interior Design
3
DESN 251
Materials and Methods – 1
3
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement I
2
GSTA 140
Elementary Statistics
3
Physical and Environmental Wellbeing
2
 
 
 
 
Cultural Literacy
3
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
17
Junior Year
Year 3 - Semester 5
Year 3 - Semester 6
INTD 301
Environmental Design
Studio 5
4
INTD 302
Interior Design Studio 6
4
DESN 341
Human Factors and Design Psychology
3
DESN 342
Design for Sustainability
3
INTD 321
Interior Lighting, Fixtures, Furniture and Equipment
3
 
INTD 362
Professional Practices in Interior Design
3
Technical Elective 1
3
GSEM 200
Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research
3
 
Scientific Literacy
3
 
Technical Elective 2
3
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
16
Summer Session
DESN 363
Internship
3
 
Senior Year
Year 4 - Semester 7
Year 4 - Semester 8
DESN 401
Design Studio 7: Interdisciplinary Project
3
DESN 402
Design Studio 8: Capstone Project
3
DESN 400
Capstone Preparation: Design research and Programming
5
DESN 462
Design Entrepreneurship and Leadership
5
DESN 431
Contemporary Issues in Design
3
 
Technical Elective 3
3
 
Civic Engagement
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
Global Awareness
3
 
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II
2
 
 
 
Total Credit Hours
17
Total Credit Hours
16​

 Program Plan (Environmental Design)

Foundation Year
Semester 1 – Foundation 1
Semester 2 – Foundation 2
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
Course
Code
 Course Title
Credit
Hours
LANG 011
Reading & Critical
Thinking-I
3
LANG 012
Reading & Critical
Thinking-II
3
LANG 013
Academic Writing - I
3
LANG 014
Academic Writing - II
3
LANG 015
Listening  and Speaking - I
3
LANG 016
Listening  and Speaking - II
3
SSKL 021
Independent Learning & Research Skills - I
2
SSKL 022
Independent Learning & Research Skills - II
2
ARD 051
Visual Communication
3
ARD 054
Creative Design
3
ARD 055
Basic Physics for
Engineering - I
2
ARD 056
Basic Physics for
Engineering - II
2
MATH 041
Basic Math - I
3
MATH 042
 Basic Math - II
3
CL 031
Computer Literacy
0
IL 032
Information Literacy
0
Total Credit Hours
19
Total Credit Hours
19
Freshman Year
Year 1 – Semester 1
Year 1 – Semester 2
DESN 101
Design Studio 1
4
DESN 102
Design Studio 2
4
DESN 121
Freehand Drawing
3
DESN 122
Technical Drawing
3
GENG 161
Project Based Language Learning and Critical Thinking
2
DESN 152
Color: Concepts, Theories and Applications
3
Information, Media and Technology
3
Linguistic Communication (English)
2
GMTH 141A
Mathematics for Architecture and Design
3
Linguistic Communication (Arabic)
3
PROD 302
Product Design Studio 6
4
 GISL 171
Social and Moral Values in Islam
2
Total Credit Hours
18
Total Credit Hours
17
Sophomore Year
Year 2 - Semester 3
Year 2 - Semester 4
PROD 201
Product Design Studio 3
4
PROD 202
Product Design Studio 4
4
DESN 221
Digital Modelling in Design
3
DESN 252
Materials and Methods – 2
3
DESN 231
History of Design
3
PROD 232
History & Theory of Product Design
3
DESN 251
Materials and Methods – 1
3
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement I
2
GSTA 140
Elementary Statistics
3
Physical and Environmental Wellbeing
2
 
 
 
 
Cultural Literacy
3
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
17
Junior Year
Year 3 - Semester 5
Year 3 - Semester 6
PROD 301
Product Design Studio 5
4
PROD 302
Product Design Studio 6
4
DESN 341
Human Factors and Design Psychology
3
DESN 342
Design for Sustainability
4
PROD 321
Product Prototyping and Fabrication
3
 
PROD 362
Professional Practices in Product Design
3
Technical Elective 1
3
GSEM 200
Interdisciplinary Seminar and Research
3
 
Scientific Literacy
3
 
Technical Elective 2
3
Total Credit Hours
16
Total Credit Hours
16
Summer Session
DESN 363
Internship
3
 
Senior Year
Year 4 - Semester 7
Year 4 - Semester 8
DESN 401
Design Studio 7: Interdisciplinary Project
5
DESN 402
Design Studio 8: Capstone Project
5
DESN 400
Capstone Preparation: Design research and Programming
3
DESN 462
Design Entrepreneurship and Leadership
3
DESN 431
Contemporary Issues in Design
3
 
Technical Elective 3
3
 
Civic Engagement
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
Linguistic Communication (Foreign Languages)
2
 
Global Awareness
3
 
Islamic Thought and Ethics Requirement II
2
 
 
 
Total Credit Hours
17
Total Credit Hours
16​
Admissions
Hi-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
Dept. Chair
Tel.+966 122137736
Assistants
Tel.+966 122137940 

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