About the College of Design

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Located in the vibrant Twin Cities design community, and as part of one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the College of Design encompasses a full range of design disciplines. With eight undergraduate degrees, 24 graduate degree options, and nine research, creative scholarship, and engagement centers, we value a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience.

Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, our mission is to lead, innovate, and educate in a full range of design fields. We research ongoing and emerging issues, explore new knowledge, and address and solve real-world problems—all while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable principles and collaborative design thinking. Our dedication to pushing boundaries reflects that of the University of Minnesota as a whole, which ranked 22 in the Reuters' Top 100 list of The World's Most Innovative Universities 2019.

Defining the future of our fields

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As one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, we prepare our students to confront the grand challenges of our time. Every College of Design graduate will be equipped to:

  • Apply design thinking to issues big and small confronting the local and international community.
  • Anticipate the social, environmental, and economic ramifications of each problem they tackle and every decision they make at work.
  • Demonstrate the capability to implement unique ideas through actionable plans, projects, or strategies.

Our Community

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The College of Design is uniquely situated in one of the largest universities in the country and is part of a vibrant and diverse metropolitan region that ranks as one of the country’s leading communities for arts, culture, and the creative economy. Nestled around the scenic Mississippi River, the Twin Cities campus is built within the traditional homelands of the Daḳota people. In fact, the word Minnesota comes from the Daḳota word, Mni Sota Maḳoce—the land where the waters reflect the skies.

Our metropolitan location offers access to a thriving business community, a multitude of housing options, a diverse arts and design scene, and an array of nationally renowned restaurants, parks, lakes, and green spaces.