The Design School houses degree programs in architecture, environmental design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communication (graphic) design. We offer an integrated curriculum of professional courses and focus on the design laboratory. The programs seek through scholarship, teaching, research, design and community service to develop the discipline and the knowledge necessary to address the important environmental and design issues faced by society. The synergy created by the comprehensive array of academic programs in the Herberger Institute creates a rich learning experience for our students.
Admission to the professional programs is highly competitive. Students interested in pursuing the BSD in Architectural Studies, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design or the BSLA in Landscape Architecture are admitted directly into the major, but they are required to pass a portfolio milestone at the end of their freshman year to be eligible to continue in the degree program. With the exception of the architectural studies program, these degrees prepare students to move into the professions as designers. The architecture program requires the master’s degree as preparation for professional practice.
Students interested in a broad-based liberal arts program may pursue the BA in Design Studies which involves limited studio coursework. No additional application is required to pursue this degree program.
Graduate studies in The Design School are organized with a studio or a research focus. There also are several opportunities for students to pursue concurrent graduate degrees with the school.
Studio based programs provide students with the ability to move from a general understanding of architecture toward advanced knowledge and skills, emphasizing a deep awareness of theoretical foundations and contemporary issues in architecture. Emphasis is also given to questions of tectonics and the need to integrate theories of making into the conception of architecture.
For students who desire advanced study in design, the focus of the Master of Science in Design program is on transdisciplinary research within a specific field. The master’s degree provides opportunities for students to collaborate and contribute to the design professions in creative new ways, making new connections in design both within the university and in the larger global community. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Design, Environment and the Arts is an individualized institute-wide interdisciplinary degree that integrates graduate courses and faculty research expertise. The program offers concentrations in design; history, theory and criticism; and healthcare and healing environments.