Mission Statement

The School of Design serves a diverse body of students in the areas of Product Design and Visual Communication Design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our curricula emphasize design process as a means of problem solving, and our classes help students to build the technical, conceptual, critical, and collaborative skills required in design professions.

Core Learning Outcomes:

Students are able to apply a structured design process to a variety of problems of different scope and complexity

Contextual design
Students understand how design is shaped by its contexts: community, social issues, culture, accessibility, environment, technology, etc.

Design Literacy
Students have an understanding of visual literacy, design history, design professions, and adjacent topics

Critical Thinking, Research and Writing
Students are able to apply critical thinking, research and writing to the design problem at various stages

Students have experience with and skills in the tools and technologies relevant to the design professions

Creative problem solving
Students can flexibly apply a variety of creative strategies to develop innovative solutions to design problems

Professional Preparedness
Students are familiar with the professional practices common to design: presentation, documentation, project management, etc.

Collaborative learning approaches are encouraged, both within and beyond the classroom. This may include collaborations with external partners such as community organizations and/or industry partners.

Quick Facts

The School of Design offers a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with concentration in Product Design and Development, and a Master of Arts in Design.

The school is housed in the Fine Arts building near the western edge of the campus. A wide range of technologies, such as wireless networking and laptop computers, large format printing, bookbinding, computer graphics, computer-integrated manufacturing, digital electronics, rapid prototyping, along with metals and wood shops are incorporated into the instructional/learning environment.

Our highly qualified faculty come from a variety of design and technology backgrounds, and play a central role in student advising and the formation of relevant design curricula. Faculty members participate in conferences, consult, attend workshops, and publish and exhibit internationally and are attuned to current trends in design and design education.

Impacted majors

All undergraduate majors in the School of Design are impacted. This means that there are more students interested in the program than can be accommodated. Therefore, entrance into the majors is a selective and competitive process. Applications must be received during the application filing period and no later than the November 30 deadline. Admissions decisions will be made in March or April of the following calendar year. Transfer applicants not admitted to the program, but who meet General Education and University admissions requirements, will be admitted to their alternate majors. Continuing SF State students not admitted to the program will remain in their current majors.

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