DEA Undergrad Degree Overview

DEA offers an integrative, flexible undergraduate cur­riculum that is student-centric. Students complete a common core of foundation courses then choose to build expertise within a focus area utilizing electives from the broad course offerings within Human Ecology and at Cornell to sup­port their individual goals. Students can also elect to complete a minor, honor's thesis, or pursue an off-campus study experience. The curriculum is organized around the following three primary research themes:

Design Strategy focuses on:

  • Brand identity & positioning
  • Creative design process and methods
  • Design with digital media
  • Human-centered design
  • Interactive and adaptable environments
  • Strategic business planning
  • User experience design
  • Workplace strategy

Sustainable Futures focuses on:

  • Green ergonomics
  • Life-cycle evaluation and LEED
  • Regenerative and resilient design
  • Sustainable building
  • Sustainable materials and processes
  • Triple bottom line: E3

Health and Well-Being focuses on:

  • Assistive technologies
  • Design across the life-course
  • Design for human potential
  • Environmental justice
  • Human health and wellness
  • Healing and healthcare design
  • Inclusive design
  • Understanding environmental stressors

Students will develop expertise in their chosen area and interface with students and faculty who have expertise in the other two areas through collaborative studios and interdisciplinary project teams. Working with faculty from a broad range of disciplines, they combine academic course work, field experience and applied research to solve problems. Strengths of the program include studio-based training in creative process and innovation, research-based training for understanding human-centered design and university foundation courses for intellectual breadth to inform design process, thinking and decision-making.

DEA Undergraduate Curriculum Overview

Students should refer to the college curriculum sheets for corresponding entry year concerning all graduation requirements. DEA provides a Curriculum Overview and a Suggested Schedule to aid students with curriculum planning.

DEA students also take advantage of multiple international study opportunities. Outstanding students may also have the opportunity to earn a Masters degree with 4+1 Program.

To apply for undergraduate study in DEA, please visit the College of Human Ecology Admissions page. One component of the application process includes submission of the DEA Challenge.

DEA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and Facility Management Accreditation Commission (FMAC) as a first professional degree program. Please see DEA's Curriculum Overview for the requirements to achieve eligibility toward taking the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination, the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) examination to fulfill IFMA accreditation competencies requirements, and to prepare for Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).

 

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