Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Visualize your future design career.
The Design Management Track pairs courses in art, design, art business, and design management with a minor in either management or marketing to provide you with competencies in the management and business of design work. Students pursuing the Design Management Track tend to go on to become art/creative directors and design managers for businesses and organizations.

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Why Earn an Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Design Management Degree?

The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies: Design Management Track is the ideal choice for students who are interested in the organization, supervision, and management of design-oriented projects. This degree is particularly suited for students who are knowledgeable about the stages of the design process and particularly interested in overseeing the business and implementation of design strategies from start to finish.

Within the college, you'll take classes in computers and art and/or digital communications, art and business, design management, and, close to the end of your time at UNT, a research capstone class. Outside CVAD, you'll complete minor coursework in management or marketing.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Design/media content creation
  • Teamwork
  • Multicultural/diversity competencies
  • Program Management

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Design Management Degree Highlights

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and is considered one of the best in the Southwest.
The college brings numerous renowned artists, designers and scholars to campus each year to enrich your educational experience.
The program is divided into three tracks. The Design Management Track prepares students to work with design firms as project managers.
A Living-Learning Community brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
Our facilities include three computer labs, ample studios and workshops, study areas, and galleries offering exciting, avant-garde exhibitions.
Design Management Track students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in design, marketing, graphic/creative production, or art direction during their programs of study.

What Can You Do With an Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Design Management Degree?

This degree program provides you with the skills to pursue careers and advanced study in a variety of different fields. Many of our alumni work in design firms, galleries and arts organizations. Others have enrolled in graduate school to study art history, anthropology, marketing and other disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Design Management Degree Courses You Could Take

Digital Communication for Art and Creative Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)
Investigation in the conceptual, technical and practical uses of digital tools for communication and promotion in the art and design fields. Students learn a diversity of techniques applied in art studio practice, social media practice, arts administration, design management, museology, and the creative economy at large using digital applications, computer programs and technology.
Seminar in Design Management (3 hrs)
Research and study of the relationship between design, products, services, and the interdisciplinary relationships of design practice.
Design Management Integrative Capstone (3 hrs)
Exploration of the overlap between business and design, integrating content from previous courses to prepare prototypical briefs outlining appropriate applications for innovative solutions for selected companies.
Organizational Behavior (3 hrs)
Individual behavior in formal organizations. Cases, lectures and experiential exercises in organizational culture, motivation, leadership, dynamics of power, perception and attribution, communication, decision making and performance, and individual differences.
Introduction to Communication Design (3 hrs)
Overview of the communication design profession. Explores the fields of graphic design and user-experience design. A majority of time is spent looking at and interacting with graphic design images, illustrations, websites and user experience design examples to understand and identify terminology, examples of symbolic thinking, principles of Gestalt, form analysis, and semiotics. Explores ethics, creative teamwork, design planning, creative and design processes, and human communication.
Digital Tools and Technologies for Creative Practice (3 hrs)
Introductory course exposing students to the language and application of digital media and resources for art and design practice. Introduces students to digital art-making and communication for art environments, social media, interactive media, and 2D/3D digital fabrication technology through the use of digital tools, including Adobe Creative Cloud applications, iMovie, and open-source software.

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