Art and Design (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Department of Art + Design believes that there is an essential need for students in the broader university to engage in coursework that fosters creative thinking, problem-solving, and making. To meet this need, the department offers an undergraduate minor in Art + Design, available to university students in majors offered outside of the College of Design. The minor in Art + Design consists of 15 total credit hours of study, of which 6 hours must be satisfied at the basic course level. The remaining 9 hours of courses may be selected from the elective course list provided below. A grade of “B” or better will be required for credit in all courses in the minor. Although all efforts are made to accommodate minors, it is important for potential students to know and understand that access to Art + Design courses are based on a hierarchy where priority access goes to Art + Design majors.

Program Objectives

  • To discover basic art + design principles through hands-on activities
  • To apply art + design process and theory to solve problems creatively and efficiently
  • To increase awareness of one’s self and environment
  • To foster an appreciation and understanding of the disciplines of art and design


Admissions into this minor program requires that the student be in good academic standing at the university with a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.0. Students must also complete all Art + Design minor courses with a grade of ‘B’ or better. To officially add or drop the Art + Design Minor, students must complete the “Declare Minor Form” form that is available online here.

Contact Person

Dr. Derek Ham
Department Head and Associate Professor
North Carolina State University
Brooks Hall, Box 7701
Raleigh, NC 27695

SIS Code: 12DNM

Plan Requirements

Minor in Art + Design consists of 15 credit hours of study of the approved courses and has the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours for Art + Design minor designated courses.
  • A university grade of 2.0 or above.
  • A grade of ‘B’ or better in all courses required and credited to the minor
  • No course used for the minor can be taken for credit only (S/U)
  • Only courses offered from the department of Art + Design will count toward the minor degree.
Required Courses 1
ADN 111Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design3
ADN 112Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design3
Elective Courses 2
Select three of the following:9
Photography I
Digital Imaging I
Sequential Imaging
Drawing I
Animation I
Color and Light
Visualizing Narrative
The Business of Art and Design
Fibers Materials and Processes
Sculpture I
Total Hours15


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students must contact the Art + Design minor advisor to check that all minor degree requirements have been met. If they have met, the student can apply for their minor degree in the MyPack online portal at the same time that they apply for graduation their final semester at NC State.