The School of Design's first-year experience is a prerequisite for all of the undergraduate degrees in the school. It provides a focused, design-studio-based education in the first year that is critical to the development of a solid understanding of the fundamental elements of the design disciplines.
Equally important during this first year is the introduction and critical investigation of the commonalities and variances between the design disciplines housed within the School of Design. Students learn basic visualization and making skills as well as an ability to apply iterative thought and action processes to a given problem. In addition, students receive a focused introduction to the ethical and philosophical grounding of the various design professions.