All General Design

Many people use the phrase “combining form and function”, but few can put it into practice. Taking no more than a concept and using creativity, skill, and know-how to turn it into something that is both useful and beautiful is called design.​Most design degrees prepare a student for a specific subfield of design: fashion, graphic, advertising, interior, industrial, etc. Other universities allow several, more general courses, perhaps covering products, environments, and visual. A few, including in Europe, allow you far more latitude in crafting your syllabus, providing you with a true general design degree.​Such a bachelor’s in general design can be used as a basis for further study if you’re not yet sure of what kind of design you want to specialize in, as a way to concentrate on some area for which no major exists yet, or to position yourself as a jack of all trades with a broad skill set that will make you attractive to multiple employers.​If you choose to earn a general design degree rather than one focused on a more specific, defined field, it’s recommended that you strike a good balance between theoretical and functional courses. A subject like art history could be paired with another in 3D rendering software, for instance; one gives you intellectual credibility and enables you to think about design abstractly, the other teaches you practically valuable skills and techniques.