An innovative, exciting, interdisciplinary learning experience, the Design Specialization brings together students and faculty from across the university to study the principles of design while allowing students to explore real-world design problems in a collaborative environment.

The specialization 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, and learn to use specialized tools.

Offered By: The specialization is administered jointly by the Department of Art & Art History and College of Communication Arts and Sciences.  The College of Arts and Letters is the lead administrative unit.

Who is the Specialization for?

Students enrolled in bachelor's programs at Michigan State University are eligible to apply for the specialization if they are sophomores in good standing.

The primary pool of students that the specialization will draw from will be in Media Arts and Technology in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media; the Department of Art & Art History; and School of Journalism. However, students in other academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility & Applying 

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For additional information on applying, eligibility, and academic requirements for the Design Specialization, please visit the ComArtSci Academic and Student Affairs website.

Students are eligible to apply for admittance into the program if they: (1) are in their second semester or later as an undergraduate student at MSU and (2) have completed the required prerequisite courses. Find out more about eligibility and program requirements on the ComArtSci Academic and Student Affairs website.

You must apply and get accepted into this program in order to complete the specialization. Students wishing to apply for the program must submit an application that includes a portfolio of artwork and statement of intent. The application is available on the ComArtSci Academic and Student Affairs website, A committee comprised of Department of Art & Art History studio art faculty members will review applications and determine acceptance into the program. This program has limited enrollment capacity. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the available capacity, it may be necessary to conduct oral interviews to assure eligible students have an equal opportunity for admission.

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