The Design School is multi-disciplinary unit within Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University which explores issues in the built-environment related to every scale of design and human interaction. The school's cross-disciplinary curricula and research is grounded in its commitment to prepare the next generation of designers to utilize hybrid models of design practice.
The school supports accredited undergraduate, graduate professional and graduate research degree programs in architecture, industrial design, interior architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual communication design. Undergraduate programs introduce students to the design disciplines, critical design thinking, representation and applied technology in order to prepare them for graduate study or as applicable professional practice. Graduate professional degree programs allow students to pursue advanced study providing the experience, skills and expertise required to work in and ultimately lead multi-disciplinary design teams, and as applicable to acquire professional licensure. Graduate research degree programs provide opportunities for advanced experienced students to conduct supervised research with the goal of building new bodies of knowledge in design theory, practice and applications. All of the school's programs encourage students to collaborate with peers through the school to gain disciplinary expertise while acquiring working knowledge of the methods and practices of allied design disciplines. Our faculty, recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly and critical creative practice have developed curricula which emphasizes the necessity of embedding critical design practice within the challenge of creating sustainable and equitable global environments.
Located in Phoenix, one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States, The Design School offers opportunities to engage the particular design challenges facing a city set in a complex landscape like the Sonoran desert.