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ARCH 380. Design Workshop: Ideas and Methods in Planning and Design. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on design methods, ideas and approaches at the city, neighborhood and community levels. The course will introduce approaches to urban design and planning which are responsive to social, environmental and ecological issues. The goal is to develop core competencies in design thinking such as analyzing specific problems and developing possible design interventions by understanding relevant theories and analyzing case studies. Students will critically analyze past and current urban trends through case studies to inform design ideas for more equitable and sustainable communities. This material will be covered through class discussions, readings, and a number of design-oriented team projects and assignments. LEC.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design

The mission of the Department of Design is to seek to engage its students in the practice of design thinking and visualization to create beautiful, innovative, and responsible solutions (products, spaces, systems, messages, and services) that respond to human needs and enhance the quality of everyday life. The Department of Design encompasses a rich tradition and a long history of educating students to engage in current paradigms toward defining the future of design practice. Exceptional faculty and state-of-the-art facilities provide an environment that cultivates and optimal educational experience in each area of undergraduate and graduate study through innovative and comprehensive curricula and experiences. Students gain insights from lectures and workshops with world-renowned designers, collaborations with industry partners, and opportunities to participate in short-term study abroad programs and semester-long internships in the US and abroad. Check out a selection of great student work:  Illustration & Animation Industrial Design Photography Visual Communication (Graphic Design) Outside of class projects: Study Abroad, Workshops and Blitzes The University of Kansas Department of Design is an accredited institutional member of the  National Association of Schools of Art and Design .