Core Design Program

the Core design program

Undergraduate curricula in the College of Design are divided into two phases:

  • One-year, preprofessional Core Design Program
  • Three- or four-year professional degree program 

Students entering the College of Design attend a common set of studio and lecture classes—the design Core—which prepare you to apply to any of our professional degree curricula.

Classes in the Core Design Program create a shared language, experience and community that expose students to all disciplines within the College of Design, including:

  • Architecture
  • Art and design
  • Community and regional planning
  • Design (interdisciplinary)
  • Graphic design
  • Industrial design
  • Integrated studio arts
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture

Our Core program will allow you to:

  • make informed degree choices
  • apply to multiple programs at the end of your first year
  • experiment with interdisciplinary work at the earliest stage of your college education.

All incoming freshmen (except pre-BPMI and pre-CRP majors) and transfer students (except pre-CRP majors) complete the Core Design Program to advance into any of the professional degree programs. Learn more about the application process.