- Undergrad and graduate degree transcripts (min 3.0 GPA)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE)*
- TOEFL or IELTS (exceed min. NCSU Grad School standards)
- Curriculum vitae (cv)
- Statement of purpose, topic/focus, and description of proposed research questions
- Applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio of creative work and/or professional practice activities within the online application.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one from applicant’s current employer)
*Contact Program Director for waiving considerations and options.
The Doctor of Design degree focuses on applied design research relevant to professional practice in design. We seek applicants who are self-directed, focused, and resilient—capable of independent inquiry and critical thinking. Successful applicants will have a track record showing a high level of achievement:
- Successful applicants hold a Master’s degree from an accredited design, fine arts, or equivalent program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate mastery over their respective practices in the submission of a digital portfolio. The portfolio should highlight relevant professional experience and/or current accomplishments in a design firm or studio, public or private museum, or governmental agency involved in design/planning.
- A short statement of purpose for graduate study (not to exceed 400 words or 1-2 pages overall) will convince the reader that the applicant is motivated and prepared.
- Successful applicants possess the capacity to articulate a clear topic with specific research questions. Applicants submit an abstract proposal for a clear and compelling research topic (statement not to exceed 750 words or 2-3 pages overall).
Applicants submit transcripts of previous academic work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (undergraduate and graduate studies) along with standardized graduate test scores such as the GRE* (Graduate Record Exam), and international students further provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.