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Carnegie Mellon University  School of Design Bachelor of Design
Carnegie Mellon University School of Design

Bachelor of Design

Pittsburgh, USA

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Sep 2023

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Introduction

The Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree is a four-year degree that offers three tracks for specialization: Products (industrial design), Communications (graphic design), and Environments (both physical and digital). Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of designing for interactions between people, the built world, and the natural world. (Learn more about our program framework.)

Working in collaborative, dedicated studio spaces, students cultivate skills and learn design theories, methods, and processes that help develop and refine their ideas. They craft objects, communicate concepts, and develop complex systems that facilitate meaningful interactions.

Customize your degree.

Carnegie Mellon has one of the only undergraduate programs in design that enables students to customize their degree. You can choose to keep a fairly narrow focus in order to develop deep expertise, or take a broad approach that results in a more interdisciplinary concentration. The diagram below shows just two example pathways that students might chart through the curriculum.

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