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

Hirsch Publishing + Presenting

Interaction Design Professor Tad Hirsch has had an article and book chapter published recently. He also traveled to two conferences — CHI 2016 and DIS 2016 — to give presentations co-authored with graduating MDes students. Read more

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

The exhibition is now closed, but you may view images of the show on the website we created. It also has information about all the graduate students who completed degrees this year, including those from the Division of Art History.

2016 Graduation + Teaching Awards

We have a Dean’s Medalist — Tzyy Yi (Amy ) Young — as well as nine other students who received Graduating with Excellence or Teaching with Excellence Awards. Read more.

Alumni News – May 2016

A listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during May. Read more.

2016 Graduation Exhibitions

June 8 – 18 | Design Show | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Professional + Alumni Night: Thursday, June 9, 5-8pm RSVP
Friends + Family (and Public) Night: Friday, June 10, 5-8pm RSVP

Faculty Hires in 2016

The School of Art + Art History + Design is pleased to announce that we have hired two tenure-track faculty who will begin their teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year. These positions represent the continuation of a long-term legacy in our Division of Art History and the expansion of an important area in our Division of Design. Read more.

Alumni News – April 2016

A listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during April. Read more.

Graduation Celebration 2016

Saturday, June 11, 9-11am
Meany Hall
Tickets required; read more

Design Beyond the Classroom

UPDATE: The Royalty Research Fund project led by Professors Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews has progressed well. UW News published an article about the project, with links to video and an image gallery, on April 20, 2016.