About the College of Design

Located in the vibrant Twin Cities design community, and as part of one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the College of Design encompasses the full range of design disciplines. With eight undergraduate majors, 23 graduate degree options, and 10 research and outreach centers, we value a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience.

Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, our mission is to lead, innovate, and educate in the full range of design fields. We research ongoing and emerging issues, explore new knowledge, and address and solve real-world problems; all while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking.

Defining the future of our fields

As one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, we prepare our students to confront the grand challenges of our time. Every College of Design graduate will be equipped to:

  • Apply design thinking to issues big and small confronting the local and international community.
  • Anticipate the social, environmental, and economic ramifications of each problem they tackle and every decision they make at work.
  • Demonstrate the capability to implement unique ideas through actionable plans, projects, or strategies.

Our Community

The College of Design is uniquely situated in one of the largest universities in the country and is part of a vibrant and diverse metropolitan region that ranks as one of the country’s leading communities for arts, culture, and the creative economy. Nestled around the scenic Mississippi River, the Minneapolis campus sits under the shadow of a sparkling downtown skyline. The nearby St. Paul campus is home to rolling green space and historic architecture. Our metropolitan location offers access to a thriving business community, a multitude of housing options, a diverse arts and design scene, and an array of nationally renowned restaurants, parks, lakes, and green spaces.