The School of Design offers three majors that lead to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree, one major leading to the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, and one major leading to a bachelor of industrial design (B.I.D.) degree.

The school’s first-year experience is a prerequisite for all of the undergraduate degrees. 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. For full details, design supply lists, and computing recommendations, see First Year Design Student Resources.


The School of Design offers graduate degree programs in design and museum studies. Select a program from below to learn more.

  • Design M.F.A.

    This program is not currently accepting applications. We will update this page when applications re-open.

  • Museum Studies M.A.

    Combine hands-on training, research, scholarship, and design.