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First Year

Take your passion for design and turn it into a lifelong career. Majoring in design provides the tools, knowledge, and curiosity necessary to transform your ability to solve complex global problems that enhance the world and improves lives.

Studio Based Majors

Architecture (BEDA), Art+Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design

Admission in Fall semester ONLY

Important Dates

  • Nov 1: Application Due for Studio-Based Majors (Including Portfolio and Design Essay for Studio-Based Majors)
  • Late Feb: Decision Notification
  • May 1: Deadline to Accept Admissions to NC State

Steps to Complete Application:

  • Submit a completed Common Application or Coalition Application with a studio-based major as your first-choice major. We strongly suggest choosing a second choice major on your application, if applicable. Your second choice major cannot be another studio-based major.
  • Submit 10 portfolio images and a design essay through Slideroom (guidelines)
  • Activate your personal wolfPAW account and complete the university required checklist

Application Timeline:

  1. Undergraduate Admissions reviews applicants – for application essentials (SAT, ACT, credits, etc.) then sends a list of competitive students to the College of Design.
  2. The College of Design then reviews the student’s 10-piece portfolio and design essay.
  3. Applicants continuing in the review process will be invited to Admissions Review Day in January.
    • Admissions Review Day is a mandatory interview with faculty members or department heads. This part of the admission process is typically held on a Saturday in late January. Applicants will be notified in December if they have been selected and will receive detailed information at that time.
  4. Final admissions notifications will be sent in late February.

Non-Studio Based Majors

Design Studies

Admission in Fall and Spring semesters
No portfolio required.

  • Apply via the Common Application or Coalition Application by the Undergraduate Admissions deadlines.
    • We HIGHLY recommend that you put a second-choice major. If you are not selected for your first choice major, you could be under consideration for your second choice major. Your second choice major cannot be another studio-based major and should be something that interests you.
  • Activate your personal wolfPAW account and complete the University required checklist

Got Questions?

Sarah Brewer

Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator

Tameka Whitaker

Assistant Dean of Student and Academic Services

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