Students collaborating on central campus.

Your path starts here

From the moment you step into the College of Design, you’ll be inspired to create change, learn by making, and expand the boundaries of art, planning, and design. You’ll build connections and work side by side with faculty and staff who are dedicated to teaching, student achievement, research, and community outreach.

We’re one of the most comprehensive design educational institutions in the United States. Everything you see around you, every minute of the day, is likely to be a product of disciplines that live and work together within the College of Design. So what are you waiting for? You’re a Cyclone in the Making.

  • Undergraduate admission

    Entering college as a first-year student or continuing your undergraduate journey as a transfer student? Anything is possible at Iowa State University’s College of Design with innovative academic programs, hands-on research opportunities, and globally recognized scholars to support you every step of the way.

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  • Graduate admission

    Further your education to achieve your professional and personal goals. With an advanced degree, you’ll be able to take part in world-changing research and career-advancing programs.

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  • Nondegree admission

    If you’re not looking for a degree but still want to challenge yourself and learn something new, our nondegree program allows you to take classes on a part-time or full-time basis without pursuing a degree. Nondegree students generally don’t qualify for financial aid. 

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Why the College of Design

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    Hands-on learning in art and design

    The interdisciplinary nature of our coursework not only develops students’ expertise in design thinking – the foundation that inspires unique solutions – but also trains future professionals to communicate across disciplines and work with others in creative ways.

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    Changing the world through design

    After building expertise and confidence in a specific discipline, students throughout the college team up on campus and around the globe to solve complex, real-world problems through design.

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    Student life at the College of Design

    A key contribution of designers – and the spark of innovation – is the ability to view the world differently from others. That’s why the College of Design offers diverse and unique learning experiences that develop this essential skill, and ensures every student can participate.

Architecture student and professor collaborating in the Student Innovation Center atrium.

Affording college

A college degree is a major financial investment, and research shows it’s still one of the best investments a person can make. The best way to fast-track your scholarship, financial aid, and work-study opportunities is by applying early. Helping you succeed is our sole purpose at Iowa State. Once you apply, we can help identify all the financial resources that are available to you.

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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.