Directory   |   Workday   |   Access+   |   CyBox   |   Privacy Policy

Applying to a Degree Program

Application Process

Follow this process to apply for admission to our enrollment-managed majors after completion of the Core Design Program. Students with a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA who have passed DSN S 110/115 are eligible to apply.

Please note: 

  • The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art and Design is a four-year degree program with two options: Art and Culture or Visual Culture Studies. The Art and Culture option requires successful completion of the Core Design Program. The Visual Culture Studies option does not require the Core.
  • The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community and Regional Planning is also an open-enrollment major and does not require completion of the Core Design Program.

Students in any Iowa State college may enroll directly in the BA in Art and Design (either option) or the BS in Community and Regional Planning as a primary or secondary major at any time.

Information about applying to the other College of Design majors is below.

Application Form

The application process begins with completion of the online application form. You will need your Iowa State NetID and password to log into the secure website and access the form.

You may choose to apply to more than one program and may do so all on the same form. Please be prepared to rank the majors you are applying to (first choice, second choice, etc.) on the application form; priority will be given to first choices.

Academic Integrity

By completing the online application form, you are entering into an agreement with the College of Design regarding the integrity of your application materials. Submitting this form verifies that all work included in the application materials is your own.

Iowa State University and the College of Design have zero tolerance for plagiarism and cheating. Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Violators will be disqualified from the admission review and will be reported to the university.

Please refer to the “Academic Dishonesty” section under “Academic Conduct” in the university catalog for a description of what constitutes academic dishonesty and possible university actions against violators.

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Pre-Majors

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 pre-majors who earn a 3.20 out of a possible 4.00 GPA or above in their graded Design Studies (DSN S) Core courses will be admitted to their first choice of major/degree program in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. You must also pass DSN S 110/115.

If you don’t achieve a 3.20 or higher Core GPA, you’re still likely to be admitted into your top choice of these five enrollment-managed degree programs. After students with a 3.20 or higher GPA are admitted, remaining seats in each program will be filled in descending order of DSN S Core GPA students who have selected the major as their first choice. (Remember that a minimum of 2.00 cumulative GPA is required for admission.)

Architecture applicants will need to earn a 3.30 out of a possible 4.00 Core GPA or above for a guaranteed seat in the program. We may be unable to admit first-choice students who earn below a 3.30 Core GPA due to the high number of applicants. You must also pass DSN S 110/115.

Students with the same Core GPA may be asked to submit visual work from Core courses to assist a department in its decision.

Application Deadline

The online application form will be open from 8 a.m. CT Monday, April 3, through 5 p.m. CT Friday, May 19. The deadline to submit your online application is 5 p.m. CT Friday, May 19.

Notification of Admission

If you apply to the programs in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Interior Design and/or Landscape Architecture and meet the 3.20 Core GPA, you will be invited to enroll in the program that ranks highest on your list. If you apply to the program in Architecture, meet the 3.30 Core GPA and rank it as your first choice, you will be invited to enroll in that major.

For those students who do not achieve a 3.20 GPA in the graded Core courses (or a 3.30 Core GPA for Architecture), you may still be admitted to your first choice based on descending order of Core GPA.

NOTE: We try to honor all students’ first choice of major in the application and review process. Please consider carefully how you rank your choices when you apply.

Admission decisions and notification will be completed by June 1. Notifications will be sent via email. Following receipt of the notification letter, you will have two weeks to accept or reject the offer.

Once you enroll in a major, you may not switch majors during Fall 2023 or Spring 2024. If you decide not to continue in a major, you should discuss options with your advisor.

If you decide you would like to move to another enrollment-managed major in the College of Design, you may re-submit your materials during the next enrollment-management cycle (Spring 2024 application for consideration for Fall 2024 admission). Note that if you choose to reapply, you must meet the criteria for the admission cycle you are participating in at that time.

Key Dates

Friday, May 19: Deadline to submit online application
Thursday, June 1: Admission offers emailed to applicants
Friday, June 16: Deadline to accept your admission offer


Please contact your academic advisor.