“There are very few universities that have the unique mix of programs that we have. We truly are a program that emphasizes thinking on one hand and making and doing on the other.” — Dean Mark Hoversten

College of Design

We are among the most influential colleges of design in the nation. Donor support enhances design education as we prepare designers who, in the broadest sense, will shape the future.

Support the College

Thank you for your gift to the College of Design. Every gift is important to the future of design education and has an impact on the college’s most important mission: teaching students to design for life. The most common way to support the College of Design is by making a gift to the Designlife Fund.

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College Overview

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 — which is a proven leader of design cognition and education, design innovation, and healthy and sustainable communities — prepares designers who think beyond boundaries to shape the world. The design education experience is enhanced by our renowned faculty from around the world, with backgrounds in industry and academia. Our diverse student population from across the U.S. and more than 25 foreign countries provides a broad perspective on design and how to address global challenges.

Our Priorities

Extraordinary Opportunity

Our commitment is that every keen and curious mind has access to a superior education that transforms learning into contribution and lasting results for a global society. Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships provide financial assistance to deserving students and frequently serve as a deciding factor for potential students when choosing the College of Design over competing programs.

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Extraordinary Experience

The practice of design requires broad thinking and an open, informed perspective on the world. An ever-increasing global marketplace demands that students gain international exposure. Our undergraduate students are required to participate in a study-abroad experience, and there is a great need to provide financial support to enable this. Unique hands-on opportunities such as Art2Wear, Fishmarket Gallery and design/build studios inspire our students and provide extraordinary experiences beyond the classroom.

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Extraordinary Purpose

Our world-class faculty’s diverse and creative approach to research, interdisciplinary collaborations, innovative teaching methods and community outreach forms the foundation of the college’s excellence. These passionate teachers, researchers and mentors prepare our students to be the bold leaders of tomorrow. Support for endowed professorships and faculty awards will help recruit and support outstanding faculty.

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Extraordinary Leadership

Support for the Designlife Fund is key to propelling the college forward. This provides discretionary funds for the dean to distribute to all areas of the college, including student projects, student organizations, programmatic support for external outreach, communications and alumni engagement.

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Global Engagement

More than 75 percent of College of Design undergraduate students prepare for their future through a study-abroad experience.