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School of Design

the Difference is Design

South Dakota State University established the School of Design July 1st, 2015 by bringing together art, design, and architecture studies formerly housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

Two of the departments were the Department of Architecture (CAS) and Department of Visual Arts (CAS). Visual Arts included degrees in art education, graphic design and studio art. Other programs included in the new School of Design are interior design (CEHS) and landscape architecture (CABS).

The School of Design combines all of SDSU’s design fields of study as the means for increasing collaboration and providing a comprehensive, robust design education for all students. First-year students will enroll in collaborative design studies that focus on design thinking, creativity and professional exploration that creates unique pathways for them to explore design interests before beginning their second year.

The School of Design curriculum includes a set of core first-year courses for all majors—a common introduction to the University, introduction to design theory and practice, a creativity course, and later an upper-level course to work on collaborative design projects. The courses build upon and share common design principles and outcomes.

The School of Design designation does not impact current general education requirements, advanced writing or globalization classes. Students not enrolled in one of the School of Design disciplines can continue to take those courses as approved in the 2016-2017 undergraduate catalog.

Programs and Majors


Provide an innovative professional design education that offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered learning, creative activities and research that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and beyond.


Establish a School of Design with nationally recognized and professionally accredited programs that are better coordinated, fiscally managed, and charged to serve the public good through engaged scholarship, creative activities, innovative research and stewardship within a global society.


Travel Abroad!

Learn more about a travel study to Scandinavia during the summer of 2016.

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