Mission and Overview

Mission and Overview

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 NC State University College of Design prepares designers who, in the broadest sense, shape the world. Our curriculum 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 is a proven leader of design cognition and education, design innovation, and healthy and sustainable communities. Our faculty’s expertise reflects and extends this mission through diverse and creative approaches to research, interdisciplinary collaborations, innovative teaching methods and community outreach.

Through consolidated collaboration, the curating of contemporary culture, and the focused application of business, design and technological solutions, the College provides an exceptional degree of educational capital that prepares students for a highly competitive and evolutionary world.

The environment – including the spaces in which we live and work, the products we consume, and the messages we receive – has a powerful impact on how we function in society. Good design requires attention and sensitivity to social, economic, political, cultural and behavioral issues. The aim of all curricula at the College of Design is to develop the designer’s perception, knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities in order to prepare students for a successful career – and life.