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Design Studies

This flexible, interdisciplinary program prepares you to work in creative industries and provide innovative solutions to challenges facing our world today.

Overview

What is Design Studies at WVU like?

Description

Design Studies is for students interested in working in creative fields, using design thinking to provide innovative solutions to challenges facing our world today. It is an interdisciplinary program with linkages to sustainability, journalism, preservation, event planning, business, electronic media and a host of other professions.

This flexible program accommodates a wide range of interests and career paths with the design process as a focus. Parts of the program can be customized to meet individual interests and goals.

Design is emerging as an exciting new career within the global economy and merges creativity with practical application. Design Studies prepares students to fully engage in this exciting professional arena.

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Design Studies at WVU unique?


Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Our students go on to have successful careers as design coordinators, creative marketing specialists and events coordinators. Many of them work for companies like Amazon, Dura Edge, Hamilton Beach Brands, Stitch Fix and California Closets.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Design Studies major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Design Studies at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Design Studies major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

DSGN 220:
Design Thinking

This course establishes the value of design thinking, identifies the components of the design thinking process, and helps students develop proficiency by using the process in multiple contexts.

DSGN 393:
Special Topics

Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Cost and Aid

How much does Design Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,092
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,184
International
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,392
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,784
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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Design Studies is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Design Studies can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Design Studies has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Design Studies at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Design Studies major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

I like this major. What are the next steps?

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