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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Design is a 30-credit program normally taken in the Fall and Winter semesters. It is composed of a mix of Studio (21 credits) and Liberal Arts and Science (“LAS” 9 credits) courses. This program is not specific to any particular area of design; it is meant to be a generalist design credential, in keeping with the broad, interdisciplinary approach in NSCAD's BDes and MDes program.

Students completing the Post-Baccalaureate in Design will:

  • be culturally acclimatized to Canadian approaches and issues relating to interdisciplinary design

  • be proficient with English—spoken and written—in a studio environment

  • be able to generate design knowledge and understanding and apply this to design practice

  • be able to communicate ideas visually and professionally

  • be able to engage in reflective thinking, critique and independent research



Course Work

REQUIRED COURSES

21 credits studio courses

DSGN 2010 Design Studio 1: Principles and Practices (6 cr Studio)

DSGN 2500 Design Studio 2: Principles and Practices (6 cr Studio)

OR

DSGN 3021 Design Studio 3 (6 cr Studio)

DSGN 3521 Design Studio 4 (6 cr Studio)

AND

DSGN 2505 Typography (3 cr Studio)

AND

6 credits Studio electives

AND

Three 3-credit Liberal Arts and Science courses

DSGN 4906 Intercultural Communication and Design (3 cr)

DSGN 2150 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Design (3 cr)

DSGN 4907 Intercultural Issues & Interdisciplinary Design (3 cr)

TOTAL 30 CREDITS (21 cr Studio, 9 cr LAS)



COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FALL SEMESTER


DSGN 2010 Design Studio 1: Principles and Practices 

6 credits (S)

This course will introduce students to the strategic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary nature of design thinking. It will focus on the use of typography and images to communicate design intent. An emphasis will be placed on the iterative aspects of design methods. 


DSGN 3021 Design Studio 3

6 credits (S) 

Students will investigate and experiment with text, image and form in information, interaction, advertising, spatial, and product design. Students will also continue theoretical and methodological studies begun in the earlier prerequisite studio classes. 


DSGN 4906 Intercultural Communication and Design 

3 credits (L)

Drawing on principles associated with design thinking, The New London Group’s A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, and the re-examination of English as a lingua franca, this course offers a studio-based approach tailored to developing the verbal, written, and multi-modal linguistic capacities of international design students alongside their Canadian counterparts, prompting all students to use English critically and intentionally in their interdisciplinary design practices.


DSGN 2505 Typography

3 credits (S) 

This course focuses on specialized technical and aesthetic issues in Communication Design, emphasizing the inventive use of type and typography for interpreting text. 


WINTER SEMESTER

DSGN 2500 Design Studio 2: Principles and Practices

6 credits (S) 

In this course, students will continue their studies in the strategic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary nature of design thinking. The course will focus on the use of images, form and space in the creation of design experiences. 


DSGN 3521 DESIGN STUDIO 4 

6 credits (S) 

Students will undertake a series of design projects that will expand their range of design experience and understanding. A focus of the course will be on the constraints imposed upon designers while seeking creative solutions. 


DSGN 2150 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Design

3 credits (L)

This course gives students a general introduction to the history, theory and methods of current design practice. Prerequisite: Writing Requirement, or permission of Division Chair.


DSGN 4905 Intercultural Issues & Interdisciplinary Design

3 credits (L)

This course looks at current issues in contemporary design through an intercultural lens. Student-led seminars, readings, essays, and projects in this course prompt students to leverage their disciplinary knowledge, interdisciplinary design experience and complex identities to critically explore the relationships between cultural translation and semiotics, technological innovation and creative process, and practice and research.


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