The first-year Core Design Program consists of 13 credits of design coursework – distributed across the fall and spring semesters – and offers a broad spectrum of foundational knowledge. This coursework creates a shared experience and community that introduce students to all majors within the College of Design.
All incoming undergraduate students interested in studio-based majors complete the Core Design Program before advancing into a degree program. Students interested in Community and Regional Planning or Art and Design programs can choose to direct-enroll in those majors.
There is no set sequence for completing the required Core courses. We recommend enrolling in two to three required design courses in each semester, fall and spring, of your first year at Iowa State.