Bachelor of Arts in Design

Bachelor of Arts in Design

Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Design  is a unique programme that offers students  the opportunity to specialize in one of the four areas of Graphic, Interior, Product, Fashion and Textiles and Illustration design hence it is attractive to the youth seeking to create employment through application of creative skills. Graduates from the specializations offered have gone on to engage in self-employment, the public sector and private sectors. In the public sectors the graduates are engaged by the government, parastatals, media/broadcasting and publishing, others are teachers in secondary schools. In private sector, the graduates join advertising firms, publishing and media houses, corporate companies such as Bata Shoes and architectural firms.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Design, will be able to apply appropriate design principles including universal and inclusive design (WHO 2011) that seeks to mainstream products, services and interiors for the disabled persons, in their professional practice. They will be able to develop sustainable  spatial solutions that fulfill structural, functional, environmental, aesthetic and psychological needs.

The programme has a mix of  delivery strategies that includes lectures, professional interactions, technology supported learning and case studies. The students are provided with opportunities to compete with their peers both locally and internationally.

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  1. The Bachelor of Arts in Design programme is  offered under two modules; full time (Module I and Module II). The degree programme, is a four year programme that  runs for a minimum of eight (8)semesters and a maximum of sixteen (16) semesters from the date of registration.
  2. The student shall be required to attend at least 2/3 of lectures, undertake a research project and present a portfolio.
  3. To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Arts in Design, a candidate must take and pass all the 52 course units offered. These include the common undergraduate course
  4. The  course breakdown is as follows:

 

YEAR 1

FIRST SEMESTER

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

SEMESTER HRS

EXAM HRS

CCS 001

Communication Skills

45

1x2 hours

BDS 101

History of Art and Design I

45

1x2 hours

BDS 103

Design Theory

45

1x2 hours

BDS 105

Materials & Processes I

45

1x2 hours

BDS 107

Freehand Drawing I

60

Portfolio

BDS 109

Instrumental Drawing I

60

Portfolio

BDS 111

Two Dimensional Studies I

60

Portfolio

BDS 113

Colour Theory & Practice

60

Portfolio

Total

420

 

SECOND SEMESTER

CCS 010

HIV/AIDS

45

1x2 hours

CCS 002

Fundamentals of Dev. and their Application in Kenya

45

1x2 hours

BDS 102

African Art and Design I

45

1x2 hours

BDS 104

Computer Studies

60

Portfolio

BDS 106

Freehand Drawing II

60

Portfolio

BDS 108

Print Techniques I

60

Portfolio

BDS 110

Three Dimensional Studies I

60

Portfolio

Total

375

 

 

YEAR 2

FIRST SEMESTER

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

SEMESTER HRS

EXAM HRS

BDS 201

Social and Cultural Studies I

45

1x2 hours

BDS 203

Elements of Economics

45

1x2 hours

BDS 205

Basic Statistics

45

1x2 hours

BDS 207

Materials & Processes II

45

1x2 hours

BDS 209

Advanced Freehand Drawing

60

Portfolio

BDS 211

Photography

60

Portfolio

BDS 213

Two-Dimensional Studies II

60

Portfolio

BDS 215

Instrumental Drawing II

60

Portfolio

Total

420

 

SECOND SEMESTER

BDS 200

History of Art and Design II

45

1x2 hours

BDS 202

Ergonomics

45

1x2 hours

BDS 204

Form & Content Appreciation

45

1x2 hours

BDS 206

Structures

45

1x2 hours

BDS 208

Computer Aided Design

60

Portfolio

BDS 210

Typography

60

Portfolio

BDS 212

Three-Dimensional Studies II

60

Portfolio

Total

360

 

 

 

YEAR 3

 

FIRTS SEMESTER (Compulsory Theory)

 

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

SEMESTER HRS

EXAM HRS

 

BDS 301

African Art and Design II

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 303

Design Communication

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 305

Entrepreneurship

45

1x2 hours

 

BDS 307

Technology and Innovation

45

1x2 hours

 

Total

225

 

 

Graphics  Design Option

 

 

 

 

 

 

BDS 309

Advertising

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 311

Advanced Photography

90

Portfolio

 

Total

180

 

 

Illustration Option

 

BDS 311

Advanced Photography

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 313

Visual Rendering

90

Portfolio

 

Total

180

 

 

Product  Design Option

 

BDS 315

Jewellery Design

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 317

Leather Products

90

Portfolio

 

Total

180

 

 

Interior Design Option

 

BDS 323

Furniture

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 325

Interior Architecture

90

Portfolio

 

Total

180

 

 

Fashion  and Textile Design Option

 

BDS 319

Fashion Design and Development

90

Portfolio

 

BDS 321

Printing and Weaving

90

Portfolio

 

Total

180

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER (Compulsory Theory)

 

BDS 300

Design Management

45

1x2 hours

 

 

BDS 302

Social and Cultural Studies II

45

1x2 hours

 

 

BDS 304

Design Marketing

45

1x2 hours

 

 

BDS 306

Design Research Methodology

45

1x2 hours

 

 

Total

225

 

 

 

Graphics Design Option

 

 

BDS 308

Corporate Identity

90

Portfolio

 

 

BDS 310

Packaging

90

Portfolio

 

 

Total

180

 

 

 

Illustration Options

 

 

BDS 312

Digital Illustration

90

Portfolio

 

 

BDS 314

Painting

90

Portfolio

 

 

Total

180

 

 

 

Product Design Option

 

 

BDS 316

Sculpture

90

Portfolio

 

 

BDS 318

Pottery and Ceramics

90

Portfolio

 

 

Total

180

 

 

 

Interior Design Option

 

 

BDS 324

Landscaping

90

Portfolio

 

 

BDS 326

Exhibition and Display

90

Portfolio

 

 

Total

180

 

 

 

Fashion and Textile Design Option

 

 

BDS 320

Pattern Drafting

90

Portfolio

 

 

BDS 322

Garment Construction

90

Portfolio

 

 

Total

180

 

 

 

BDS 328

Industrial Attachment

360

 

 

 

 

Note: In the third year of study, students will select their specialization and shall also proceed on  industrial attachment for a total of 8 weeks in Design-related companies and organizations in the public and private sector.

 

YEAR 4

FIRST SEMESTER

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

SEMESTER  HRS

EXAM HRS

BDS 401

Design Practice

45

1x2 hours

BDS 403

Design Project Management

45

1x2 hours

BDS 405

Design Research Project Paper

180

 

Total

270

 

BDS 400

Design Seminar I

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

BDS 402

Design Seminar II

90

1x20 minutes oral examination

BDS 404

Portfolio I

90

Portfolio

BDS 406

Portfolio II

90

Portfolio

Total

360

 

 

Note: In the fourth year of study, students shall undertake a research project that will form the basis for the final design project portfolio.

Admission to Bachelor of Arts in Design degree programme will be based on any one of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. KCSE mean grade C+ or equivalent and an overall mean grade of C+ in each of the 3 clusters below:
  • Mathematics /Business Studies
  • English/Swahili
  • Any cluster III (Art & Design, Home-science, Woodwork, Metalwork, Building and Construction, Drawing and Design, Agriculture) OR
  • Any cluster IV (History & Govt., Geography, C.R.E., Social Education & Ethics, Music, and French).
  1. KCSE mean grade C- or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma in a relevant discipline.
  2. O Level Division III or equivalent plus a Certificate and Diploma in a relevant discipline
  3. Diploma from University of Nairobi or other recognized institutions and an aggregate of C in KCSE or equivalent.
  4. A Level with two principal passes, IB or equivalent in relevant subjects.

Degree from a recognized University.

 

 

2.2.9 CREDIT TRANSFERS

 

  1. A candidate shall be required to send a formal application to the Academic Registrar, using prescribed forms and attaching evidence of the credentials, which would support the request.
  2. A candidate may be required to sit the University ordinary examinations set and administered by the department under the authority of the School of The Arts and Design and the results approved by senate.
  3. No credit transfer or exemption shall be allowed in studio courses.
  4. The courses in which transfer of credit is sought shall not exceed one-third (1/3) of the total units for the relevant degree programme.

2.2.10 EXEMPTION

Students may be exempted from some courses by Senate on recommendation of the School Board provided that:

 

  1. Such candidates had successfully taken these courses in recognized University or equivalent institution.
  2. Such candidates apply for exemption in writing to the Director, School of The Arts and Design specifying for which first year course exemption is desired and attaching evidence that these courses or their equivalents were taken.
  3. A non-refundable course exemption fee as may be determined by the University be paid with each application for exemption.
  4. Candidates shall seek exemption for only first year courses. Candidates seeking exemption from first year courses shall be required to sit for examinations in such courses during the ordinary examinations preceding the year or semester of exemption. They shall be required to attain a pass mark in order to qualify for exemption. 
  5. Such course shall not exceed one-third of the courses in the entire programme.
  1. Product Design Option: Furniture Designer, Set Designer, Interior Designer, User Experience, Interactive Designer, Prototyper, ModelMaker,Production Manager, Ideation Lead, etc
  2. Graphic Design Option: Freelance Designers, Advertising Agencies, Design Studios, etc
  3. Fashion and Textile Option: Fashion Designers, Fashion Stylist, Illustrator, Patterncutter, Machinist, Textile Surface Designer, Costume Designer, Samplemaker etc.
  4. Illustration Design Option: Freelance Illustrators, Art Director, Illustration for Development, Animation, Art Tutors, Artists, Experiential Design, Publishers, Art Curators, Editorial Illustration, Web&Content Design, etc.
  5. Interior Design Option: Interior Design Firms, Architecture Firms Freelance Designers, Interior Designers in Residential and Commercial Space, Indoor and Outdoor Landscape Designers, Exhibits and Display Designers for Expos, Furniture Designers , Marketer and Suppliers, Construction Project Managers, etc
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           120,000             120,000                 240,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)               5,000                      -                       5,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               8,000                 8,000                   16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           156,750             130,250                 287,000
       
       
BA Design-Year 2 (TOTAL of 17 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           120,000             120,000                 240,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               9,000                 8,000                   17,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           152,750             130,250                 283,000
       
BA Design-Year 3 (TOTAL of 14 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           120,000             120,000                 240,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               7,000                 7,000                   14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           150,750             129,250                 280,000
       
BA Design-Year 4 (TOTAL of 9 units)      
   Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           120,000             120,000                 240,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               4,000                      -                       4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               5,000                 4,000                     9,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
TOTAL           148,750             126,250                 275,000
       
Grand TOTAL: BA Design (TOTAL of 60 Units)                  1,125,000

 

 

Exam Regulations

Examinations for the Bachelor of Arts in Design programme has TWO components, theory and portfolio examinations.

The examination will be governed by the general examinations regulations of the University of Nairobi.

 

  1. No candidate shall be admitted to an examination unless he/she has satisfactorily attended a minimum of 2/3rds of the prescribed contact hours for the course of study.
  2. A candidate who fails supplementary examinations in not more than two (2) units shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval of the Senate be allowed to proceed to the next year of study and take the examination in the failed course units at the next ordinary University Examinations.
  3. A Candidate who:

a) Obtains an aggregate mark of less than 40% in Examinations, Shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be required to sit for a supplementary examination in the failed units(s).

b)  Fails Supplementary Examinations, shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be required to repeat the year of study and attend classes for the failed units(s) and examinations at the next ordinary university examinations.

  1. Portfolio examinations:
  2. All portfolio examinations shall be conducted at the end of the semester in which they are taken and shall in each case be equivalent to ONE course unit.
  3. The pass mark for each portfolio course unit shall be 40.
  4. Design Research project for the fourth year shall constitute TWO course units. 
  5. A candidate who fails in any studio course may, on the recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, shall be allowed to re-submit the failed course units within three months of the examination.  
  6. Supplementary exams shall be offered at the end of each academic year, within three months after the release of examination results.
  7. A pass obtained in supplementary examination shall be 40% in the student's  academic record
  8. A pass obtained in a supplementary examination shall be 40% in the student´s academic record.
  9. Course units for written examinations, projects and portfolio shall be considered equal, except for the fourth year project report which shall be marked out of 200.
  10. Compensation may be allowed in a maximum of two failed course units for any year of study, provided the mark for the failed subject is between 35 and 39 inclusive and the average mark for the candidate is 50% or above and shall be applied by taking two marks from the highest scores to make up for each mark failed.  The compensation shall not apply to portfolio and fourth year research projects examinations.  Compensation shall not apply to any supplementary examinations.
  11. In order to be allowed to proceed to the next year of study a candidate shall have obtained an aggregate of not less than 40% and passed all examination units.  
  12. A Candidate who:
  13. Has failed between 1 and 4 course units for the 1st, 2nd 3rd or 4th year shall sit for Supplementary Examinations for the failed course units(s).
  14. Has failed between 5 and 7 course units in any year of study shall repeat the year in the failed course units.
  15.  A Candidate who:
  16. Has failed in more than (8) course units
  17. Has failed a course unit after three attempts

Shall on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate be DISCONTINUED.