What will I learn?

The B.S. in Comprehensive Design is a unique interdisciplinary program, where students explore the links between many different areas of art and design, including objects, furniture, interiors, architecture, public art, and the urban environment. The curriculum focuses on the concept of design thinking—a fundamental process of problem-solving that addresses social challenges and the tangible needs of users. While other majors emphasize specialization, the Comprehensive Design major fosters a multifaceted understanding of the design process and equips students with valuable skills to reach across disciplines and collaborate with individuals from varied backgrounds.

Students cultivate their ability to define a design problem, study precedents from history, ideate many solutions to the problem, devise and construct a variety of prototypes, and refine and implement the most effective design solution. They develop their curiosity, empathy, and observational skills as they engage in research and employ creative applications of technology. They learn how to thoroughly test a design solution and draw conclusions from their findings. There is emphasis on process over product.

Which department am I in?

School of Art, Architecture, and Design

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$37,297.00 (27,68,836) per year
Tuition and fees: USD $7,400 for summer; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Start date

Expected August 2021


School of Art, Architecture, and Design

100 Kirkwood Hall,

130 S. Woodlawn Avenue,



47405, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL with a minimum score of 550(paper-based).

For international students

Applicant must have completed a diploma from an accredited high school (or must have completed the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma)

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based test, 550 on paper-based test, IELTS score of 6.5 and PTE score of 53.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.