Environmental Design Architectural Studies - BED
The four-year Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED) degree prepares students for challenging careers in industries that support the built environment. The program fosters creativity and problem-solving skills, provides access to extensive knowledge, and cultivates high levels of capability, interweaving the academic areas of design; architectural history, theory, and criticism; representation; building technology; as well as social, professional, and community engagement. Coursework encourages multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives that allow opportunities for communication and team-oriented methods of production. Global perspectives through mandatory semester-long study abroad and study away experiences and internships at national and international offices encourage students to bring the knowledge from the classroom out into the world and back to the university and their home communities to deepen lessons learned in a variety of contexts.
Students develop skills and acquire knowledge through a studio-based experience with a variety of theoretical, experimental, and practical design projects. Design studio projects place a shared emphasis on the technical and expressive content of design work; the processes by which students research, synthesize and document their design ideas; and create tangible products that achieve a high quality of graphic and physical craft.
The BED program encompasses a variety of design subjects that will enable students to pursue careers in graphic design, industrial design, interior design, robotics, and architecture design. Students interested in professional architecture registration must complete a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited Master of Architecture program after completing the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree. Often, students earning the BED supplement their studies with Minors offered through the Department of Architecture. Those options include the Art and Architectural History, the Sustainable Architecture and Planning, Architectural Fabrication and Product Design, and Architectural Heritage Conservation.