Opportunities to Visit

The School of Design is a special place and is best experienced in person. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and encourage you to visit us as part of your application. Plan your visit to the School of Design to meet members of our community, talk to current students, and tour our facilities.

While we love visitors, we do not encourage drop-in visits—even for regularly scheduled tours and sessions. Our staff and faculty maintain very full calendars, and it's far more likely that we can answer your questions fully if you email us to confirm your plans.

Guided Design Studio Tours

We offer tours of our studio spaces during the academic year (September–May) every weekday from 12:30pm–1:15pm. Tours are not offered during exam periods, school breaks, and holidays, so be sure to contact us in advance confirm availability and reserve your space on the tour.

Summer tours are available on Mondays and Fridays at 12:00pm by appointment only on these dates:

  • June 5-16 (Mondays and Fridays)
  • June 30
  • July 3 - August 11 (Mondays and Fridays)

Please email us to request a tour, and we will do our best to accommodate you. All tours are led by a current Design student

Q&A Sessions

During the academic year, we offer Q&A sessions for prospective undergraduate students and their families. These sessions are hosted by Melissa Cicozi (the Assistant Head of the School of Design) or Stephen Stadelmeier (our Associate Head), and last about 45 minutes.

Dates for Spring 2017 Q&A Sessions are listed below. Each session begins at 10am.

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Friday, April 9, 2018
  • Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Monday, April 23, 2018
  • Friday, April 27, 2018

Classroom Visits

For those who are interested in a particular course or aspect of our programs, we can arrange classroom visits hosted by current students. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate drop-in visitors, so please plan ahead! Reserve your place in a tour of the School or Q&A session by emailing us.

Additional Information

Before you come, check out CMU’s Student Experience for more information about life on campus, and this overview of what’s happening in Pittsburgh to get a sense of where the city is headed. While you’re here, you can also take a general campus tour or attend an information session offered by the Office of Admission. You can even learn firsthand what life on campus is like by participating in an overnight weekend stay.

Get to know Oakland (the neighborhood where campus is located), and see if our local AIGA chapter or Pittsburgh Filmmakers might be hosting a design-related event. And be sure to leave time in your schedule to visit nearby design attractions like The Warhol, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Fallingwater, and the Mattress Factory.