Visiting Designers

Throughout the School of Design welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting designers to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these designers give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth.

Among these visiting professionals are VPA and School of Design alumni. Recent guests have included Keith Cartwright ’97, executive creative director, 72andSunny; Alan Dye ’97, vice president of human interface design, Apple; Emme ’85, supermodel, entrepreneur, and women’s advocate; David Gray ’90, filmmaker; Paul Leibowitz ’84, president and CEO, Leibowitz Branding and Design; Lawrence Murphy ’80, chief of global design, GE Healthcare; and Heather Reavey ’99, head of practice innovation, EPAM Continuum.

Study Abroad

Students majoring in communications design, environmental and interior design, and industrial and interaction design are invited to apply to participate in the SU London design program through SU Abroad. A direct placement program with the London College of Fashion offers students majoring in fashion design a professional semester in London during their junior year.

Museums and Contemporary Practices is a one-week intensive course offered every year during the MAYmester session. Drawing upon the rich resources of New York City or Washington, D.C., this course presents an overview of current museum practice. The course has been designed for highly motivated college and university undergraduates and graduate students who have a significant interest in museums.

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As a student in the School of Design and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, you are part of a creative, innovative, and collaborative community within a university of endless possibilities.

Your fellow VPA students and faculty are visual and performing artists and communication scholars who present exhibitions, theatrical performances, concerts, recitals, presentations, and lectures. You will enrich your personal and professional life with classes from VPA and SU’s other schools and colleges. You can listen to visiting speakers who come to campus for University Lectures or explore the galleries and exhibition spaces of the University’s Coalition of Museum and Art Centers, among many other opportunities.

The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the home of the School of Design, is located in downtown Syracuse, which affords easy access to local design firms and downtown attractions. The city of Syracuse offers numerous cultural attractions linked to the University by the Connective Corridor, a three-mile urban design project. Venues along the Corridor include the Everson Museum of Art, the Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse Technology Garden, and the Onondaga Historical Association Museum. The Connective Corridor also offers a free loop bus service between the University Hill and downtown Syracuse; stops include the Warehouse.