Creating an environment where everyone can thrive

Iowa State’s College of Design is committed to offering a safe and welcoming campus, and to providing a learning environment that encourages, empowers, and supports all students in their unique goals. Every office, department, and classroom actively works to provide services, events, and financial and academic resources to see our students succeed.

When you come to the College of Design, we want you to feel included. We want you to know that our faculty and staff will advocate for you.

You belong here.

Our goal is to continuously engage in creating, encouraging, and supporting an inclusive community: one that challenges the creative minds of our students, faculty, and staff; one which allows us to reach new places in design; and one that provides safe and restorative spaces for you to be your authentic self.

College of Design BUILD Brunch - Feb. 15, 2023

Multicultural Student Success Team

The Multicultural Student Success team, part of Design Student Services and Programs, acts as a resource to help all College of Design students access opportunities and achieve their personal and academic best.

The MSS team regularly hosts programming and events, including academic summer programs, receptions, workshops, and more to support students both in and outside of the classroom. Many events also engage faculty, staff, and the broader community in meaningful dialog around the topics of identity, culture, and inclusion.

View the College of Design’s event calendar

Academic tutoring at Iowa State

If you think you could benefit from additional academic help, it’s time to take action and request a tutor. Group tutoring is available to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University for a small fee per session, charged to your U-Bill. Funding support is available from a wide range of Iowa State sources.

Click here for more information and to request a tutor

Student organizations are a great way for students to continue learning, form meaningful relationships, and develop leadership skills. They can serve as a place for community, growth, and intercultural exchange. You can find a list of all Design-related academic student organizations and hundreds of other opportunities to get involved on Iowa State’s Student Organizations webpage.

The MSS team serves as a resource to help College of Design students, faculty, and staff create a welcoming educational environment where all can succeed.

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Design Closet: Making art supplies accessible

The Design Closet is one way our college is working to mitigate financial barriers to being a design student and reduce and reuse materials within the college.

The Design Closet provides new and gently used materials to students with financial need. It’s all made possible through generous donations of funds and materials from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college.

  • BUILD Learning Community

    BUILD learning community

    The Building Up Inclusive Leadership in Design (BUILD) learning community is designed to help first-year and transferring students successfully transition to college and complete the Core Design Program by pairing each new student with an upper-class student mentor in their intended major.

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    Career Services

    Design Career Services offers programs and services to help students develop life-long skills in career development. The office also facilitates connections with employers through career fairs focusing on College of Design programs, employer presentations, and job and internship postings for Iowa State students and alumni.

  • Uplift Fund for professional development opportunities

    The Uplift Fund provides financial assistance for students to take advantage of opportunities like exhibitions, competitions, conferences, and workshops that expand their knowledge, gain recognition for their work, and help make them more marketable for jobs and internships. Funding is available for all College of Design students, with an emphasis on supporting those with financial need.

    Students can apply for up to $300 from this fund for participation in conferences, internships, career fairs, and other activities to support their professional development.

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A Cyclone in the Making

Find your place at Iowa State University’s College of Design, where we like to ask questions, poke and prod, create something new, and make a difference through design.