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.

Communications Design B.F.A.

Translate ideas and information through a variety of visual mediums.

A student creates a pattern with Photoshop.

Design Studies B.S.

Gain the skills to become an innovative leader of cultural change in our global community.

A student gets assistance from a faculty member.

Environmental and Interior Design B.F.A.

Solve problems in a broad range of built environments.

A student at a sewing machine working.

Fashion Design B.F.A.

Become a highly skilled fashion design professional.

A student tries a holo lens in class.

Industrial and Interaction Design B.I.D.

Take a strong, process-oriented approach to design development.


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

Students work on an adaptive design challenge.

Design M.F.A.

Engage in collaborative practice within a dynamic, multidisciplinary studio environment.

A rowing exhibition in the boathouse put together by museum studies students.

Museum Studies M.A.

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