College of Arts and Sciences

The Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + 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. The Design Division offers three Bachelor of Design degrees. Industrial Design is a professional program aimed primarily at industrial design practice in the corporate and institutional innovation sector, where new technologies lead to the development of new forms of products, processes and service from a human-centered design perspective. Interaction Designers define the structure and behavior of interactive products and services, creating compelling relationships between people and the interactive systems they use. In the Visual Communication Design program, emphasis is placed on the conception, creation, planning and realization of visual solutions to complex problems in contemporary culture through the development of strategies and responses that give form to print, screen and the built environment.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: B.D. Industrial Design , B.D. Interaction Design , B.D. Visual Communication Design

Topic: Arts, Computing

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

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Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

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Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Consult Department
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Career outcomes