Why Our Program?
- By intersecting design thinking with a specific area of focus, our program allows for in-depth exploration of major issues with a variety of industry and research partners.
- Our curriculum allows you to gain unique perspectives and project-based design experiences that lead to a competitive advantage upon graduation.
- As a member of the School of Design, you will interact with other students and faculty in our programs, which include industrial and interaction design, environmental and interior design, communications design, fashion design, and museum studies.
- You will engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting designers who come to The Warehouse to lecture and critique work.
- When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.
The design program is located in SU's Nancy Cantor Warehouse, home of the School of Design. The building, located in downtown Syracuse, features professional studio facilities for each design program; two shared computer labs; a printing lab; and Design Works, a fabrication lab.
Design students have the opportunity to take advantage of Syracuse University’s vast resources, including Bird Library and the Special Collections Research Center, which houses outstanding collections in the design field.
Throughout the year the design program and the School of Design welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting designers to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these guests, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth. Recent guests have included Glen Hougan, Patricia Moore H'12, Thom Filicia ’93, Massimo Vignelli, Alan Dye ’97, Garth Roberts, and Kyung-Won Chung G'80.