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

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Program Director

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

Director, Doctor of Design

E: medeming@ncsu.edu  P: 919-515-3876

Doctor of Design Program at NC State College of Design

Established in 2016-17, the professional Doctor of Design (DDes) program is an advanced degree program for established design practitioners, which complements the existing PhD in Design. This is the only DDes program in the country that offers blended learning (online + on campus) in design research aimed at applications in practice. This unique program offers DDes students the flexibility to continue working while completing program requirements.

Applications are now being accepted for DDes students to be admitted for Fall 2019.

Learn more about the Doctor of Design program. Review of applications will begin January 15th and remain open until the class is filled.

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 through design-based practices, cases, and methods. The program provides a forum for connecting design research to the needs of society, by promoting the application of new knowledge in design and addressing design impacts on larger systems.

Note: While most of the program is completed online, physical attendance at one week-long workshop held each semester is mandatory. 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 clear dotmedeming@ncsu.edu.