Design Experience Day

The School of Design Experience Day is an event that happens once during the fall semester and once in the spring semester. It provides you the opportunity to experience the culture, the work, and the people (faculty, staff, and students) that are the life of the School of Design. In the fall, the event coincides with a Carnegie Mellon Turn Tartan Overnight (TTO) and Celebration of Diversity (COD) event. The TTO and COD are weekend-long events that provide you further exposure and insight to the great opportunities for studying and socializing across the university. You will need to sign-up for the TTO and COD events separately from the School of Design Experience Day.

Register for the November Design Experience Day event by October 21st or the April Design Experience Day by March 15th using the form below.

For this academic year the School of Design Experience Days will be held on Sunday November 3, 2019 and Sunday April 5, 2020. The schedule of activities for these days is as follows:


  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM – Welcome + student and faculty panel and discussion
  • 10:30 - 11:30 PM - Studio Experience
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - Preparing a Portfolio - a community discussion on best practices. (Note: Individual portfolio evaluations are not provided.)
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - For parents/guardians – a Q&A session on interests specific to parents.
  • 12:30 - 1:00 - Closing Q&A

Visitors can attend the remaining University activities for this day, which includes a campus tour.

Monday morning you are invited to sit in on a design class.

Register here to attend one of our School of Design Experience Days and see whether the School of Design is the right fit for your education and future.

Schedule for Parents

Our event is designed to be informative to both students and parents. Throughout the day, parents follow the same schedule of activities as the students. There is, however, a session where parents can ask questions specific to their interests.

Parking, Travel and Accommodations

On campus parking is limited. Visit our Parking, Maps & Directions webpage for more information. We encourage you to utilize hotel shuttle buses, taxi services, rideshare services or the city bus system to get to campus. Please note that overnight parking isn't available on campus.

Visit our Travel & Accommodations webpage for local hotels recommendations and be sure to ask for Carnegie Mellon's special rates. Most of these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to and from campus. 

You can also find information about the 28X Airport Flyer Bus on the Travel & Accommodations webpage.

Please be advised that prospective and university students may be photographed randomly while in the university's common areas either by the university's photographer or third party individuals who may or may not be affiliated with the university. Photographs taken by the university's photographer may be published in marketing or other university materials. The university shall not be liable for any damages or costs whatsoever alleged by any student or third party relating to any photographs taken and/or published.

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