DDes Program FAQs

I live in Europe/Asia/Australia/Canada and would like to apply to the DDes program. Is that possible?
Unfortunately no. Due to the distance learning component of our program, it is only available to US citizens at the present time.

I am a photographer/illustrator/interior designer/advertising professional but would like to apply to the DDes to learn more about design. Is that possible?
No. The DDes degree is for professional designers already working in one of the areas of the School’s design focus. If you are interested in gaining a foundation or deeper understanding of design in these areas, then our MA, MPS or MDes degrees provide that. However these are full time, resident degrees.

I am a design educator interested in obtaining a doctorate degree. Can I do that part time through the DDes program?
No. The DDes degree is for professional designers already working in one of the areas of the School’s design focus. If you are interested in gaining a foundation or deeper understanding of design in these areas, then our MA, MPS or MDes degrees provide that. However these are full time, resident degrees.

Do you offer financial support or scholarships for the DDes program?
No, not at this time.

I am not a native English speaker, but my verbal and writing skills are very good. Can the language requirements be waived?
Unfortunately, the language requirements cannot be waived. Please review them thoroughly.

I have been working as a professional product designer for 3 years, but I have a masters degree in the subject. Do I meet the qualifications for the DDes program?
If your masters degree is in one of the areas of research focus for the School of Design, then your application may be considered. 

I have talked to my employer about the possibility of the company sponsoring my enrollment into the DDes program. Is that possible?
Yes. We encourage the support of employers in sponsoring applicants in the DDes program.