About the College of Design

Exterior of the College of Design from the south entrance.

One of the most comprehensive design institutions in the U.S.

The Iowa State University College of Design is home to approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 160 graduate students. We offer 10 undergraduate majors; 8 undergraduate minors; 1 post-baccalaureate certificate; 13 graduate majors; 2 graduate certificates; and 3 graduate minors.

We’re accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and our programs are accredited individually by their professional accrediting organizations.

Our mission

At the College of Design, it is our mission to educate students to become successful designers, planners, artists, and scholars who improve the quality of life, enhance human experience, and advance environmental sustainability; and to serve as a resource for Iowa and beyond through research, creative endeavors, extension, and outreach.

Upcoming events

Student worker at the College of Design Cafe.

Facilities and shops

Visit the Design Cafe for a coffee, a snack, or lunch. Purchase materials at the Design Store on the second floor. Build in the college Model Shop. Celebrate art in Gallery 181. The College of Design’s facilities offer countless opportunities for students, faculty and staff, and the general public.

Image of Iowa State University student, Jeev Sodhi, Community and Regional Planning, Class of 2023

The College of Design has provided me with the basic tool kit I need; it has fueled independent thinking while also teaching me how to work within a system to contribute to the larger good of society.

Jeev Sodhi – Community and Regional Planning, Class of 2023

Take a virtual tour

A prospective student and their family talk with an Iowa State University admissions representative.

A Cyclone in the Making

The best way to picture yourself on Iowa State’s campus is to visit and experience it yourself! Meet with Iowa State University students, tour the entire campus, and see our College of Design students creating and designing first-hand.