The Department of Design is an award-winning tour-de-force in the design arena today. We embrace new and emerging design concepts while building on classic design foundations. The Department has a long history of engaging its students in the practice of design thinking and visualization to create beautiful, innovative, and responsible solutions (products, spaces, systems, messages and services) that respond to human needs and enhance the quality of everyday life. Students gain insights from lectures and workshops with world-renowned designers, collaborations with industry partners, internships, and opportunities to participate in short-term or semester-long study abroad programs.
The University of Kansas Department of Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.