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The Interdisciplinary Design Bachelor of Arts degree suits students who are interested in a clear and targeted plan of coursework involving multiple design disciplines in the department in one of two areas of study:

1. Hybrid Practice combines classes from Photo- and Lens-based Design, Graphic Design, and Illustration* to form a focused course of study in studio practices that bridges selected disciplines. The degree gives students leeway to think and work across fields.

* Students wishing to explore focused design careers in Photo- and Lens-based Design, Animation, Graphic Design, or Illustration are encouraged to pursue BFA degree programs. Additionally, we offer no courses in fashion design, interior design, or architecture.

2. User Experience Design brings students into the world of human-computer interfaces that spans web and app design.

1. Hybrid Practice
The creative industry is evolving at a rapid pace as new technologies are paired with foundational principles to bring innovation into every area of focus. Preparing to be a part of these opportunities requires a curious mind and a dedication to your craft. As an interdisciplinary student, you’ll be able to explore the creative tools that will enable you to develop your personal artistic vision and collaborate with others to help them do the same. Additionally, your focus will be to gain a sound understanding of multiple methods and combine them as you lead creative teams to accomplish larger goals.

Possible futures:

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Chief Creative Officer
  • Design Lead
  • Creative Consultant
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Director of Photography
  • Multidisciplinary artist

2. User Experience Design (UX)
User experience designers create immersive interactive experiences and products for people.

User Experience designers discover how to make products and experiences easy to use. Creating a simple, easy to use website, app, or digital experience requires a deep understanding of the user of these products, from initial strategy and research to testing and implementation. User Experience designers often work with developers or engineers, visual designers, and business strategists to create engaging products. Because UX design sits at a nexus of various disciplines, UX designers need to be familiar with a variety of methodologies and workflows, even as you also become good User Interface (UI) designers, creating compelling visual interfaces to make digital products enchanting and delightful.

Most students in the User Experience Design track also participate in the Sandbox product accelerator program, combining design classes with business entrepreneurship classes to co-found digital product companies with business strategy students and a variety of software engineering majors (IS, CS, IT). Learn more at

Possible futures:

  • UX/UI Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • UX Researcher
  • Information Architect
  • Product Designer
  • Design Director
  • Chief Design Officer
Danny Burnham
Erin Ladd