The School of Design is an inquisitive community of students and faculty that addresses firsthand the issues of the world around it.

We take pride in our professionally oriented programs, many of which have a long history at Syracuse University. We offer undergraduate degree programs in communications design, design studies, environmental and interior design, fashion design, and industrial and interaction design and graduate degree programs in design and museum studies. Concern for sustainable design practices, social issues, and excellence in professional practice forms the core of our programs.


Years of design at Syracuse University


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Design learning community

Bringing first-year students together in a supportive environment

Learn from Industry Experts

Our faculty are active professionals who practice in their fields while they teach. They are dedicated to ensuring that you reach your potential and give you one-on-one instruction in your studio classes. Our school maintains a special relationship with the Syracuse community through the activities of our various student groups (including chapters of professional design organizations) that continually work on projects with not-for-profit agencies as well as funded research design collaborations.

Eight Floors Dedicated to Design

Our programs are housed in the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the University’s building in downtown Syracuse, which allows our students and faculty to benefit from a city atmosphere and interactions with local design firms. First-year design students may choose to live in our Design Learning Community, an academically and socially supportive residential environment on Main Campus.

We also encourage our students to reach beyond the local community and study abroad at one of the University’s many international centers, including Florence, Italy, and London, England.

Professionally Oriented Programs

Integral to our curricula are opportunities to acquire career development skills critical for professional designers. Professional practices are addressed in many of our courses, while visiting and resident designers provide unique insight into their respective disciplines. Internships provide invaluable experience in a real-world setting. Undergraduate students may choose to minor in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, which includes coursework in essential business tools.

Design students present their portfolios each spring at events in New York City. Fashion design majors present their senior collections at the annual on-campus fashion show and may have their collections selected for the annual New York City fashion show.

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Graduate Degree Programs

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Recent School of Design News

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    Faculty News

    Don Carr, professor of industrial and interaction design and the M.F.A. in design in the School of Design, gave a lecture at the 2020 International Forum of Digital Creative Design, which was held December 11– 15 in Guangzhou, China. The theme for the conference was "New Business, New Education" with a focus on the integration of industry and education. Read More...

  • Featured News

    Twelve VPA Undergraduates Awarded Research Funding from the SOURCE

    Twelve College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)  students were among the 74 Syracuse University undergraduates who received 2020-21 funding from the University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (the SOURCE) in the form of SOURCE Academic Year Grants (up to $5,000) and Renée Crown University Honors Program Awards (up to $5,000). Read More...

  • Alumni News

    Call for Entries: Industrial and Interaction Design Alumni Exhibition

    Following up on the November virtual panel discussion "Action Reaction: Design responds to our changing world," the School of Design’s industrial and interaction design (IID) program has issued a call for entries for an upcoming IID alumni exhibition on campus. Read More...

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