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

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 in autumn quarter 2016. 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.

2016 Graduation Exhibitions

May 25 – June 4 | Painting + Drawing | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Opening: Tuesday, May 24, 5-8pm RSVP
Next exhibition: Design Show, public reception on June 10

Graduation Celebration 2016

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

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

May 28 – June 26, 2016
free public reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9pm; RSVP here
Henry Art Gallery

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.

New Faculty Activities

Our four newest tenure-track faculty—Jason O. Germany, Aaron Flint Jamison, Adair Rounthwaite, and Michael Swaine—have been busy with developing their courses along with activities outside the classroom. Read more.

Tad Hirsch and the AR-15

Jonathan Hiskes of the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities has written an essay about recent work by Interaction Design Professor Tad Hirsch. Read more.

Apr 2016 – Director’s Notes

April is upon us, mid-terms are around the corner, and we are now well into the final quarter of the year with spring break fading in our memories. Window shades filter the welcome sunshine as I glance up to view the Quad that is abuzz with activity now that the leaves on the cherry trees have overtaken another spectacular bloom… Read more.