Prospective Students

College of Design Studios

The design studio is a place where creativity, risk taking and spontaneity guide exploration and serve as a foundation for learning. Students are exposed to collaborative projects, real clients, community interaction, economic issues, and the realities of designing within constraints.

Small Classes

College of Design studio classes range in size from 15 to 20 students, providing:

  • Close contact with your instructors and fellow students
  • Personal attention and creative input
  • A sense of community

Studios meet for long, concentrated periods of time, combining lecture and discussion with hands-on participation. This allows you to develop your own designs within class assignments.


Design is a collaborative act that involves a wealth of knowledge and individuals. Studio learning promotes collaboration and interdisciplinary connections beyond the walls of the studio classroom, and across campus.


Design studio grades are not based solely on the accumulation of points; work is assessed through a sequence of critiques. These occur through frequent discussions with the instructor and classmates, and during interim and final reviews.