Explore the School of Art + Design for Nonmajors

Undecided About Your Major?

Nearly one third of incoming students are undecided about a major, so you are not alone. You can find ways to explore the School of Art + Design here.

Study with us and experience the range of disciplines in the School of Art + Design. Several of our programs have rolling admissions and welcome students each term, while others require students to apply specifically to the program. Visit the department or program's website for more information. 


Take a General Education or Open Elective Course for Nonmajors

These are just a few of the School of Art + Design courses you can take as a nonmajor. For additional courses, follow the links to each discipline.

Art and Art & Technology

  • ART 101. Understanding Contemporary Media (4 Credits): Critical exploration of concepts surrounding and defining the experience of understanding contemporary art. A&L*

Product Design

  • PD 101. Introduction to Product Design (4 Credits): Examines how designers invent things that help people through interviews with design superstars, drawing techniques, photo documentation, computer-aided design, and design portfolio creation. Current UO students interested in applying to the major are encouraged to take this course during fall term.

* Abbreviations after course descriptions indicate which general education or elective requirement a course meets.

General Education/Elective Categories

AbbreviationDescription
A&LGroup-satisfying course, arts and letters
SSCGroup-satisfying course, social sciences
ACMulticultural course, American cultures
IPMulticultural course, identity, pluralism, and tolerance
ICMulticultural course, international cultures