About the College

Welcome to the College of Design

The College of Design teaches design thinking in an interdisciplinary environment that makes sense of the world for the benefit of the public. The College integrates practical, ethical, and aesthetic thought and action to enhance the meaning and quality of life through the creation of knowledge informing the critical study of artifacts and places.

The College of Design brings together some of the most creative minds from around the world whose interests and expertise span a variety of disciplines. An inspiring and elite group of faculty who provide the experience of academia and professional practice prepare our designers to go out and shape the world.

Good design is needed. Now more than ever, design plays a major role in the development of everything from branding to product development and even business practices and procedures. The size and shape of mobile devices, the animation we see on the big screen, the materials used in the buildings we enter—design touches everything around us.

In response to an ever-expanding global interest in all disciplines of design, the College’s curriculum is customized to incorporate relevant practices that prepare our students for a career in design. Effective design requires attention and sensitivity to the social, economic, political, cultural, and behavioral understanding of the environment and people. Our graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture, Art + Design, Design Studies, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture are intended to develop a designer’s perception, knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities to develop design solutions for public interest and to serve the needs of users.

Our students are smart, talented, inspired, and innovative – and it shows.