Welcome to the College of Design

Welcome to the College of Design

The College of Design brings together some of the most creative minds from around the world whose interests and expertise span a variety of disciplines. This inspiring and elite group of faculty who provide the experience of academia and professional practice—prepare designers to go out and shape the world.

Good design is needed. Now more than ever, design plays a major role in the development of everything from branding to product development and even business practices and procedures. The size and shape of mobile devices; the animation we see on the big screen; the materials used in the buildings we enter – design touches everything around us.

In response to an ever-expanding global interest in all disciplines of design, the College’s curriculum is customized to incorporate relevant practices that prepare our students for a career in design. Effective design requires attention and sensitivity to the social, economic, political, cultural, and behavioral understanding of the environment and people. Each program within the College of Design is intended to develop the designer's perception, knowledge, skills and problem-solving abilities to develop design solutions for public interest and to serve the needs of users.

Our students are smart, talented, inspired and innovative – and it shows.

The College of Design offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, art + design, graphic design, industrial design, and a graduate degree in landscape architecture.In addition, we offer Ph.D. in Design. Our selective admissions process ensures a highly motivated and diverse design community. As a result, our design students consistently rank at the top of academic achievement at the university. In fact, our graduation rate is the highest at NC State. Our unique interdisciplinary learning environment ensures our students learn to collaborate with others and see things from new and diverse perspectives.