The Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel is a unique, multidisciplinary department that addresses complex issues related to humans and their designed environments.
Apparel Design undergraduates use a problem-solving, research-based approach to develop clothing designs for a variety of target markets and user groups, addressing both function and aesthetics.
Graphic Design undergraduates explore visual communication and learn theoretical and applied aspects of design methods, design theory, creative problem solving, and visual and verbal literacy.
Housing Studies students explore the applied and theoretical study of housing policy, residential environmental health, residential technology, and social and economic analyses and their interactions with and effects on individuals, families, and communities in rural, suburban, and urban settings.
Interior Design students in the CIDA-accredited undergraduate program identify, research, and solve design problems of the immediate physical environment through an understanding of human behavior and design.
Product Design students study a unique interdisciplinary hybrid of Industrial Design, Engineering, Business, and Humanities courses. The Product Design courses are hands-on, playful and involve a community of practice in which industry is highly involved.
Retail Merchandising undergraduate program students study store and corporate environments including merchandising, marketing, store management, visual merchandising, buying and sales promotion.
The Design Graduate Program (formerly the DHA graduate program) focuses on the study of relationships between humans and their designed environments.