Cultural resources are one of the state’s—and the nation’s—top engines of economic development.

The LSU College of Art & Design’s Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation highlights the many ways in which the study, preservation, and enhancement of cultural initiatives and resources benefit the economy of communities and the quality of life for their residents. The multidisciplinary degree was created to meet increasing demands for advanced training and experimentation in the management and preservation of cultural heritage.

Areas of Specialization

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Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies

Offered in partnership with the LSU School of Library & Information Science.


As an advanced academic degree, the DDes will generate graduates prepared to fill leadership positions in numerous professional and academic fields related to the cultural economy and thereby make significant contributions to the advancement of cultural preservation in Louisiana and throughout the country.


Visit the College of Art & Design

The best way to figure out if the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation is right for you is to see for yourself. We encourage interested students to visit the college to learn more about the program. Tours can be arranged by contacting Professor Michael Desmond, Director of Graduate Studies at the LSU College of Art & Design, who will put you in touch with the faculty related to the specialization of your interest.