Bachelor of Design

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree is a four-year degree that offers three tracks for specialization: Products (industrial design), Communications (graphic design), and Environments (both physical and digital). Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of designing for interactions between people, the built world, and the natural world. (Learn more about our program framework.)

Working in collaborative, dedicated studio spaces, students cultivate skills and learn design theories, methods, and processes that help develop and refine their ideas. They craft objects, communicate concepts, and develop complex systems that facilitate meaningful interactions.

Customize your degree.

Carnegie Mellon has one of the only undergraduate programs in design that enables students to customize their degree. You can choose to keep a fairly narrow focus in order to develop deep expertise, or take a broad approach that results in a more interdisciplinary concentration. The diagram below shows just two example pathways that students might chart through the curriculum.

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About the School

The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is among the oldest and most respected programs in North America. We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first ... Read More

The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is among the oldest and most respected programs in North America. We have a rich history in the design of products and communications, and were one of the first programs to offer a master’s degree in interaction design. Our programs enroll approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds, inspired by a wide range of motivations and career ambitions. Read less