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


At the Design Gallery - Revolution Times: Underground Press of the 60s and 70s, November 20 – December 1


LCA Next Stop: Design

In the second episode of an LCA video series, recent graduate Ricardo Baltazar discusses his senior thesis.

School of Design Student honored with Hirabayashi Scholarship

Jex Nguyen was awarded the James Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship.

THREE (3)School of Design (DAI) Students and Recent Graduates Win DMI Student Essay Competition

*Three San Francisco State University, Design and Industry/School of Design Students and recent Graduates were selected as WINNERS

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 Industrial Arts

The 30-unit Master of Arts in Industrial Arts 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.

Student Groups and Professional Societies

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.