The Specialization in Design complements the depth of knowledge students acquire in their respective majors with a multidisciplinary understanding across a range of design areas. Students learn the foundations of design, develop core competencies in their primary area of study, broaden their understanding of how design is incorporated into human communication and the products humans make, learn to use specialized tools, and work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment.


The Design Specialization is available to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University. Students in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing; the Department of Art, Art History, and Design; the School of Journalism; and the Department of Media and Informationmay find this specialization of particular interest.

Students are eligible to apply if they have completed the prerequisite courses or have completed one of the prerequisite courses and are enrolled in the second prerequisite course. Students must be in their second semester or later, or equivalent, at Michigan State University.

Prerequisite Courses

STA 110 Drawing I (3)
STA 113 Color and Design (3)

Application process

To apply, students must submit an application consistent with the process outlined by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design** OR the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Applications are due by the end of the fifth week of the spring semester and will be reviewed prior to annual enrollment. Academic performance will also be considered and oral interviews may be requested.

The next round of applications will be due on February 13th 2015 by 5pm

**Majors outside of CAS must apply through the Department of Art, Art History and Design

Program Requirements

Once accepted to the specialization, students will meet with the Design Specialization advisor to plan future enrollment. With the approval of the department that administers the student's degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree. The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor for the specialization.


Lauren J. McKenzie

Design Specialization Advisor

Darcy Greene

Design Program Coordinator

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