At Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, we believe design to be a humanistic discipline: the art of conceiving, planning and shaping products that are made to serve people in answer to their individual and collective needs and desires.
The Bachelor of Design degree (BDes) prepares designers for a world that places high value on the quality of human interactions. We develop and design products, artifacts, environments, systems, and services that support and enhance these exchanges.
Bachelor of Design (BDes)
Our design education focuses on learning by doing, on a balance of theory and practice, and developing a student’s individual voice when solving problems for people.
By choosing among studio courses, you can specialize in one of the three tracks: Communications, Products, or Environments. If you would like to expand your range, you can choose two of the three.
History of the Arts
Color and Communication
How People Work: Human Factors
About the First Year Class
SAT Middle 50 PercentEvidence-Based Reading & Writing: 670-740Math: 710-780
Average ACTEnglish: 33Math: 30Composite: 32
Where's the Class of 2017?
Design has never been in greater demand than it is now. Businesses, government, and local communities are turning to designers for innovation and problem solving which has created new roles for designers in every sector of the marketplace. The demand for our graduates is increasing, and each year during Confluence, our career fair, many students receive offers of employment prior to graduation.