The Division of Design educates and trains designers to create and develop concepts that optimize the function, value, and appearance of communications, products and systems for the benefit of both industry and society. Within the Division of Design, there are three majors: Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design.

Current News

Design Beyond the Classroom

Professors Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews have received a UW Royalty Research Fund Grant, and they have each been involved in several other projects.

Exhibit – Toward a Democracy of Making

Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Art Bldg
November 19 – December 19, 2015
An exhibition organized by Division of Design Lecturer Dominic Muren.

Faculty Hires in 2015

The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design is exceedingly pleased to announce the hiring of six new faculty positions: four tenure track positions and two competitive lecturer positions spread among our three divisions.

New SAM Partnership

We are pleased to announce a new agreement between the school and the Seattle Art Museum: current students (registered majors), faculty, and staff of the SoA+AH+D will now receive free admission to both SAM and the Asian Art Museum, and select SAM curators and conservators have joined SoA+AH+D as affiliate faculty.

Faculty Searches

The School of Art + Art History + Design is welcoming applications for three faculty appointments with start dates in September 2016. Please see this post for more information.

2015 AIGA (Re)design Awards

AIGA presented its (Re)design Awards on October 15 at The Bullitt Center in Seattle. Several 2015 graduates from the Division of Design were winners.

Socially Engaged Art in Japan

The School is one of the sponsors for this interdisciplinary symposium, which takes place November 12-14, 2015. Three faculty—one from each of our divisions—are participating in sessions, and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery is hosting a speaker.

Sappi Ideas that Matter Grant Winners

Archivo—developed by Catherine Lim, Jennifer Cheng, and Tyler Sinclair Monteferrante—won an $18k grant from Sappi.

Design: 1 Exhibition + 2 Lectures

Tad Hirsch has an exhibition in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery (Sep 22 – Oct 17) and gives a lecture on Oct 1. Dominic Muren does his presentation on Oct 16. Click the header for more info and to reserve seats.