Core Design Program
Students with junior, senior or graduate standing may apply. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. In some rare cases, sophomore students are considered.
Peer mentors are required to spend at least 2 hours per week in their assigned studio section and participate in 1–2 additional weekend workshops. Being available to first-year students outside regularly scheduled studio time is preferable, but not a requirement.
Students who are accepted into the program are automatically enrolled in the Design Leadership Seminar, DSN S 302. The seminar is structured differently for DSN S 102 and DSN S 131 to reflect the learning objectives and course content for each studio. Make sure to review the syllabi for both the studio in which you want to be a mentor (DSN S 102 or DSN S 131) and its related seminar before submitting your application to the program.
- Peer Mentor Application for DSN S 102: Design Studio I
- Peer Mentor Application for DSN S 131: Design Representation
Application deadlines: April 15 for Fall, Nov. 1 for Spring
Notification deadlines: May 15 for Fall, Dec. 1 for Spring
They are also responsible for linking residents to appropriate academic support resources and conducting monthly interviews with design students. The peer mentor and the CA are key staff members who work together to develop a community conducive to student success by encouraging positive behaviors and addressing behaviors that are detrimental to the individual and/or community.
Design Collaborative peer mentors provide information and advice as well as plan, promote and facilitate programs in areas of personal and academic development for first-year students in this one-semester, nonresidential learning community.
Applications (either the completed PDF file or Word doc) must be returned via email to Malinda Cooper, learning community coordinator, by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Due to COVID-19 protocols, all interviews will occur virtually via Webex. Contact Malinda Cooper with any questions.