Remote Instruction in The School of Design

All classes at San Francisco State are being conducted remotely for the entire Summer term. During this time, the School of Design office staff will be available and working remotely. Business will continue. If you need assistance, please contact design@sfsu.edu. The office itself is closed until further notice.

All classes in Visual Communication Design are being conducted remotely in Fall. Most of the classes in Industrial Design will be remote as well. As soon as we know, we will post which ID classes will have some in-person component.

Our shops are also closed. Please contact your professor or design@sfsu.edu with any questions about the shops.

Welcome to the School of Design at San Francisco State University!

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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 curriculum 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.

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The School of Design has lifted Impaction. We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2020 Cohort now! Contact The School of Design with any questions.

School of Design 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.