Core Design Program

Most undergraduate curricula in the College of Design are divided into two phases:

  • One-year, preprofessional Core Design Program
  • Three- or four-year professional or general degree program

Students entering the College of Design attend a common set of studio and lecture classes, the Design Core. Classes in the Core Design Program create a shared language, experience and community that expose students to all disciplines within the College of Design and prepare you to enter any of our degree programs, including:

  • Architecture
  • Art and design
  • Community and regional planning
  • Graphic design
  • Industrial design
  • Integrated studio arts
  • Interdisciplinary design
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture

Our Core program allows you to:

  • make informed degree choices;
  • apply to multiple programs at the end of your first year; and
  • experiment with interdisciplinary work at the earliest stage of your college education.

All incoming freshmen (except pre-BPMI and pre-CRP majors) and transfer students (except pre-CRP majors) complete the Core Design Program to advance into any of the professional degree programs. Learn more about our application process.