Course of Study

The Doctor of Design (DDes) program serves an audience of interdisciplinary professionals by building on the strengths of faculty in the College of Art & Design as well as faculty from throughout the University. 

The 60-credit hour program encompasses six semesters of study: 45 hours of courses specific to the curriculum and its advanced nature, and 15 hours of coursework related to the student’s individual research, completed under the supervision of a DDes faculty. This course of study is based on multidisciplinary engagement with theoretical, applied, and technological topics in areas that have been encountered through work-related professional experience and real-world situations. Whether full-time or part-time, DDes students should be highly motivated, self-directed, and able to work individually as well as collaboratively with different disciplines.

Meet Our Faculty

Faculty in the DDes program have varied interests and professional expertise.  Prospective students are encouraged to read about DDes faculty by linking to individual faculty pages and to contact faculty directly to discuss potential courses of study under their supervision.