Undergraduate Degrees (BFA)
Environmental Design (Interior)
Illustration & Animation
Industrial Design
Photo Media
Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design)

Undergraduate Certificates
Certificate in Book Arts

Graduate Degree in Design
Design Management (MA)
Environmental Design (MA)(beginning Fall 2015)
Interaction Design (MA)
Photography (MFA) (beginning Fall 2015)

Center for Design Research




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.

Design Calendar
Apr 17
Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series
06:00 pm
Jun 22
KU Design Camp
All day
View events: Upcoming
The last Hallmark Symposium lecture of the semester is tonight! It will be held in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, NOT in Budig Hall. Not to be missed!

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
$275 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times