Art + Design

Design and English, BA

Integrate the study of literature and writing with the design of messages, interactions and experiences.

Students develop capacities for reading, analysis, and expression combined with visual design—complementary abilities in demand in the workplace. They learn to interpret and evaluate a variety of texts, to produce arguments, and to engage diverse audiences with well-honed writing skills. Studying the historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of Anglophone literatures, they analyze writing practices and related media from the quill pen to code. Acquiring a broad understanding of the principles and systems of perception, students explore the interrelationships of text and image to construct narratives and create meaning. Students engage visual composition, form, and pattern to enhance written language, either subjectively or objectively. They visualize concepts and data to facilitate human understanding of complex and vital knowledge.

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Co-op Opportunities

design and media sectors

Ronik Design + Development, Sametz Blackstone Associates Inc, Rue Gilt Groupe, BounceX, Ifactory Inc., JCDecaux North America, Mullen Advertising Inc, NBC Universal, Unispaceb Smartwebs, Inc., AutoDesk, Hubspot, Ogilvy, IDEO

news and publishing sectors

The Boston Globe LLC, Patriot Ledger, Harvard Business Publishing, HMH Books and Media

arts sectors

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boch Center

food and beverage sectors

America's Test Kitchen, Kind LLC, Best Bees Company, BevSpot Inc., The Boston Beer Company, Inc

fashion and travel sectors

New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc, Reebok International Ltd., Wayfair, The TJX Companies, Inc., Trip Advisor LLC

government and civic sectors

City of Boston, City of Cambridge, Boston Neighborhood Network, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, MassDOT/MBTA

health care and pharmaceutical sectors

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Massachusetts General Hospital, Imprivata, Inc., Vertex Pharmaceuticals

educational sector

NU Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, edX, EF Education First, WGBH Educational Foundation

financial and business sector

Commonwealth Financial Network, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, MFS Investment Management, State Street Corporation, Thomson Reuters, The Boston Consulting Group International Inc, Talent Acquisition Group

Career Opportunities

Design Consultant

Design Lead

Design Researcher

Design Strategist



Exhibition Designer

Experience Designer

Futurist Product Designer

Product Manager

Strategist Service Designer

User Experience Designer

User Experience Manager

UX Designer

Multidisciplinary Skills
  • collaboration
  • creative problem-solving
  • critical thinking
  • data analysis
  • design research
  • design software
  • graphic representation
  • fabrication
  • facilitation
  • human factors
  • information design
  • interviews
  • leadership
  • listening
  • observation
  • personas
  • programming
  • project management
  • problem framing
  • rapid prototyping
  • semiotics
  • sketching
  • technical skills
  • typography
  • experience mapping
  • user stories
  • user testing
  • verbal and written communication
  • visual synthesis
  • visualization
Learning Outcomes

English Learning Outcomes

Development of abilities and strategies for analytical reading and critical thinking across a broad range of texts

Students completing the major should be able to recognize the generic conventions, rhetorical strategies, and linguistic features of different kinds of texts. They should be able interpret and take pleasure in these features, including ethical or discursive ambiguity, specialized vocabulary, and rhetorical constructions. Majors should also be able to locate texts in relation to ideological context, interpretive community, and representations of group or individual identity.

Development of confidence, clarity, and distinctive voice in written and oral expression

Students completing the major should be able to relate generic conventions and rhetorical strategies to different writing contexts and to use them in writing; construct arguments about texts and ideas, including comparative, critical, and persuasive arguments; and take an active role in dialogue and formation of intellectual community.

Development of historical understanding of English, American, and other Anglophone literary and expository traditions and their antecedents

Students completing the major should be able to identify larger historical and cultural contexts in which individual texts or groups of texts may be situated, and they should be able to narrate the relationship of texts or groups of texts to each other and to important historical and cultural developments.


Design Learning Outcomes

Apply iterative design processes to create, revise, evaluate, and develop effective prototypes and innovative solutions.

Engage human-centered design research methods and systems thinking to identify and understand values, goals, motivations of intended audiences as a mode of inquiry, question framing and guide to action.

Develop a high level of craft and technical skills in a relevant range of media and tools and effectively weigh applicability for intended audiences and outcomes.

Develop and realize intent, concept and content with awareness of context and consequence.

Implement visual patterns incorporating text, image, diagram including temporal and spatial representations to recognize, categorize, and articulate significant form and meaning

Employ and embody ethical practices, team and cross-disciplinary collaboration, and effective communication and presentation skills.

Apply relevant communication theories and principles and appreciate the pervasive and long-term impact of design decisions on people and societies.