Core Design Program

Transferring to Design

The Core classes (DSN S 102, DSN S 115, DSN S 131 and DSN S 183) provide a comprehensive introduction to design. The material covered in these courses is reflected in the essay and portfolio required for entrance to our enrollment-managed professional programs at the end of the first year in the College of Design.

Iowa State's unique Core courses must be completed at the ISU College of Design. These classes are required for all degree programs in the College of Design, except Community and Regional Planning and Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration, and provide a shared experience introduces students to a variety disciplines.

Many Options for Transfer Students
After completing the Core classes, transfer students who want to enroll in one of our professional degree programs will have the opportunity to apply to these programs in May and June each year. The enrollment-managed programs are architecture, graphic design, industrial design, integrated studio arts, interior design and landscape architecture.

The College of Design offers three transfer-friendly degrees that are not enrollment-managed:

​​Transfer Credits
All programs in the College of Design accept transfer credits for general education requirements. Students may be able to transfer additional credits to meet some program requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design and the Bachelor of Design, subject to review.

Please consult our Course Equivalency Guides on the Iowa State University Admissions website for guidance on transfer elibility.

Contact Us
Ready to speak to academic adviser about transferring to the College of Design for one of our professional degree programs or for the Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design? Please contact Allison Ringholz.

For information about the Bachelor of Design, please contact Audrey Kennis.

Students interested in the Biological/Pre-medical Illustration (BPMI) Program should contact Jennifer Owens in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.