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Future Undergraduate

Undeclared Design Option

Not sure which design field most appeals to you or best suits your talents? The College of Design at Iowa State University is the perfect place to find out!

Iowa State’s College of Design is one of the most comprehensive design institutions in the nation where you can find a mix of disciplines housed in the same college, under the same roof. Even if you’re undecided right now, you’re likely to find something here that fits your interests here. In the meantime, the Design – Undeclared program is for students just like you.

The College of Design welcomes and encourages students to explore their options. In fact, as a new student in our college, you can wait a year to choose your major and it won’t affect your graduation date. How is this possible? Most of our freshmen enroll in the first-year Core Design Program, which means you share a set of classes during your first year that help prepare you to be a design major—any design major.

Maybe you’re interested in architecture, but until now you’ve never heard of landscape architecture and that sounds intriguing, too—and what exactly is community and regional planning? Or you’ve always been good at drawing and would like to find a way to incorporate that into your future career, but you’re not sure if you should study studio arts or if you could use those skills effectively in another design discipline.

The Core program gives you time to contemplate your choices before making a decision. At the end of your first year, you can apply to any or all of the college’s professional degree programs.

Now all you need are a few courses to inspire your creativity and enhance your innovative spirit. Join us to get started!