Design Histories Overview

An introduction to the curriculum and a note on the subject of history

The Power of Language

An overview of the development of language systems from across the globe

The Printed Word

A look at the genesis of printing and typography

The Catalyst of Industry

The Industrial Revolution generates new innovations and creative perspectives

The Lens of Colonialism

European imperialism lays the groundwork for the avant‑garde

Capitalism and Globalization

In the wake of industrialization, marketing, media, and industry provide a new space for creative practice

The American Identity

The experiences that shape
a multicultural nation

Marketing, Media, and Modernism

Modernism becomes the face of global capitalism in the post‑war era

Propaganda & Protest

Design as a tool for social change

Postmodernism and Digital Culture

New technologies expand the field of visual communication