Doctor of Design Program

Doctor of Design Program

Doctor of Design Program

The goal of the Doctor of Design to create new knowledge and promote its application in the professional design community and society at large.

Program Director

M. Elen Deming, D.Des, FASLA, FCELA

Director, Doctor of Design

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Established in 2016-17, the professional Doctor of Design (DDes) program is an advanced degree program within the College of Design at North Carolina State University. The new program complements the existing PhD in Design as well as several professional Masters degrees offered by the College.

Applications are now invited for the first class of Doctor of Design students to be admitted for Fall 2018.

The DDes program is open to established practitioners who wish to develop high-level, transformative expertise in applied design and innovation. The purpose of the program is to pursue design research in support of those professions creating the artifacts, communications, environments, organizing structures and systems of the future.

DDes students conduct original investigations and advance new knowledge specifically through design-based practices, cases and methods. These investigations may be grounded in a single design field or, alternatively, may cross boundaries and translate principles from other relevant disciplines.

The program thus provides a forum for connecting design research to the needs of society, by creating new knowledge, promoting its applications by the professional design community, and addressing design impacts on larger systems.

Note: Physical attendance at attending one week-long workshops held each semester is mandatory for all DDes students. At the time of admission, DDes students are expected to demonstrate mastery over their respective practices and to articulate a clear, compelling topic along with specific research questions.

Questions? Please contact Elen Deming at 919-515-3876 or