The Department of Design at UC Davis

video by Randall Hom (B.A. Design '12) and Christian Bergstrom (B.A. Design '12)

From the clothes we wear and the furniture we use, to the myriad forms of communication that help us find our way, design is central to how we express our values, define ourselves and live our lives. Design is cultural, enriching our lives with form, shape, and meaning. Design is powerful, creating new environmental solutions that are sustainable and socially responsible. And design is vital to the array of innovative products that have become the economic engine of the world's marketplace. Design is at the nexus of culture, science, technology and creativity. At the center of this dynamic field of study and transformation is the Design Program at UC Davis.

The program focuses on four key areas of design: exhibition design; interior architecture including lighting and furniture design; textile and fashion design; and visual communication including graphic and multimedia design. The Design major at UC Davis is the only professionally-oriented, design driven undergraduate and graduate program in the UC system.

News & Announcements

Carol Wells Talk
Carol Wells, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics will present a lecture, La Lucha Sigue–The Chicano Silkscreen in the Struggle for Justice, from 4:10-6 pm on Nov. 1, 2012 in the TCS building (Art Annex).

Design MFA @ UCD
Recently graduated students Randall Hom (B.A. Design '12) and Christian Bergstrom (B.A. Design '12) have created a fantastic video that showcases the Graduate Design program. Now recruiting students!

Mapping Liberty Plaza
Newly hired Department of Design Professor Brett Snyder has co-authored an article with Jonathan Massey in the Design Observer.

Food For Thought
Department of Design Professor Glenda Drew has an exhibit "Food for Thought" displaying a series of visual works exploring the topic of labor in the US food system.

New Policy for Declaring Major
Click Here to see Preparatory Requirements (effective Fall 2012).

Sierra Club's Top School
UC Davis is the Sierra Club's number one school in the nation for campus sustainability.

New Policy for Declaring Major
Click Here to see Preparatory Requirements (effective Fall 2012).

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Graduate Studies in Design UC Davis offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in Design. Apply by December 15!

UC Davis Department of Design Want to learn more about the UC Davis Department of Design, what we do, and our accomplishments? Check out the video on our about page!