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

Department Head

Art Rice, FCELA

Associate Dean of the College of Design

T: (919) 515-8347  E: art_rice@ncsu.edu

Program Information

In 2018, the first class of Doctor of Design students will be admitted to the NCState College of Design.

The NC State Professional Doctor of Design Program is structured to allow practicing design professionals to complete the program through distance education with the ability to work remotely while attending one week-long workshop each semester.   

The Doctor of Design program complements the existing PhD in Design and professional masters programs in the College of Design. The Doctor of Design is intended to serve practicing designers in the areas of architecture, art + design, graphic design, industrial design, and landscape architecture and whose focus is to develop a high level of expertise to support their existing and future design activities. The degree focuses on applied case study research directly related to the practice of professional design.

The goal is to create new knowledge and promote its application in the professional design community and society at large. The research conducted by participants in the program supports the efforts of professional designers in creating the environments and artifacts of the future. The program provides a forum for connecting design research to the needs of society.