Welcome to the School of Design

The School of Design is an inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity and scholarship, and mirrors the wide range of cultural, artistic and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area.

NOTE: All Design undergraduate programs are impacted at the first-time freshman level and for upper-division transfer programs. Currently enrolled SFSU applicants must submit a supplementary application to the School of Design. Upper division transfer applicants, in addition to applying to the University, must also submit a supplementary application to the School of Design. See details under the BSID and BSVCD majors below.


Feature Stories

Guitar pedals art exhibition

DesignSpace Exhibition Considers Guitar Pedals as Fine Art

Opening Thursday, Nov. 2, the show will feature more than 50 effects pedals from around the world.

Portfolio Night Flyer

23rd DES Alumni Portfolio Nite

The 23rd DES (DAI) Alumni Portfolio Nite will take place from 6:00 - 9:00 PM in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, SF S

Prof. Hsiao-Yun Chu speaks at LASER

Prof. Hsiao-Yun Chu will be an invited speaker at a LASER talk at USF for Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts...

Study with Us

Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design

The 58-unit Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Design encompasses and integrates graphic design and digital media topics.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design

The 59-unit Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design addresses the creation of industrial goods and services and concentrates on process, people and product.

Master of Arts in Design

The 30-unit Master of Arts in Design prepares students for personal achievement and career success.

Get Involved

Academic Advising

Stay on track to graduation. Meet with a faculty adviser at least once a semester.

Design Center for Global Needs

DCGN promotes and fosters community, national and international curricular and research activities.

Study Abroad

Study abroad for a year or semester while earning resident credit towards your major, minor or general education requirements.

Industrial Design Outreach (iDo)

iDo was founded in 2003 as a direct response to the lack of design course offerings in public high school curriculum in San Francisco.


Network and build connections with peers, industry professionals and local design communities and organizations.

Furniture Institute of Technology and Sustainability

FITS creates valuable industry experience and opportunities for students and faculty while providing research and design services to industry partners.

Nathan Shapira Design Archive

The design archive collection contains over 2,000 contemporary and collectible design books and reference materials.

Contact Us

professor and student reviewing project details


Profiles, office hours and contact information.

Academic Office

Hours of operation, directions and parking.