College of Design
Department website: http://design.ncsu.edu
NCSU Box 7701
Raleigh, NC 27695-7701
The College of Design teaches design thinking in an interdisciplinary environment that makes sense of the world for the benefit of the public. The College integrates practical, ethical, and aesthetic thought and action to enhance the meaning and quality of life through the creation of knowledge informing the critical study of artifacts and places.
The College of Design gathers creative minds from around the world whose interests and expertise span a variety of disciplines. An inspiring and elite group of faculty prepare our designers to go out and shape the world.
The world needs good design. It plays a major role in the development of branding, product development, business practices and procedures, and more. The size and shape of mobile devices, the animation we see on the big screen, the materials used in the buildings we enter—design touches everything around us.
Curricula and Degrees
In response to an ever-expanding global interest in all disciplines of design, the College’s curriculum incorporates relevant practices that prepare our students for a career in design. Effective design requires attention and sensitivity to the social, economic, political, cultural, and behavioral understanding of the environment and people. Our graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture, Art + Design, Design Studies, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture are intended to develop a designer’s perception, knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities to develop design solutions for public interest and to serve the needs of users.
The General Education component of each curriculum consists of courses in mathematical and natural sciences, physical education, science/technology/society, and communication and information technology. In addition to 6-credit hour design studios (not applicable to Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies, a non-studio based major) where students apply their expanding knowledge and skills to theoretical and practical design problems, majors in the College of Design take support courses dealing with design knowledge and skills, such as communication and presentation, human behavior, environment, history, philosophy, physical elements and systems, methods and management. The curriculum path has some flexibility, affording students the opportunity to concentrate in one area, while making contact with the other design disciplines. In addition to their faculty mentors, students are exposed to a broad range of design professionals through guest lecturers, juries, projects, and workshops.
Graduate studies are designed for students who want to build on undergraduate education and professional experience, as well as for those who come from non-design backgrounds and want to pursue advanced design degrees. The college offers graduate study leading to the Master of Architecture, Master of Art + Design (Animation or Fibers), Master of Graphic Design, Master of Industrial Design, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Ph.D. in Design. Please refer to the NC State University Graduate Catalog for specific curriculum information on master’s and doctoral programs in the College of Design.