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 before or during the appliction process. Plan your visit to the School of Design to meet members of our community, talk to current students, and tour our facilities. A visit serves as an excellent opportunity for you to experience the School of Design firsthand, which can help you determine whether the School of Design is a good fit for your academic and career goals.

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. Therefore it's far more likely that we can answer your questions fully if you email us well in advance of your visit so that we can set and confirm plans.


We host visitor days for prospective graduate students two to three times each year. These dates are scheduled according to the best opportunities for you learn more about the work taking place here, and to interact with our core faculty and current students.

During the 2019/2020 academic year, our Visitors' Days are Monday, November 11, 2019 and Monday, March 23, 2020. A typical Visitors' Day is designed to shed light on a typical day in the life of a master's student. It includes attending an information session with our director, visiting a graduate seminar course, having lunch and talking with current graduate students, and sitting in on a graduate studio course.

Tthe March 23rd, 2020 Visitors' Day has been cancelled.

Please email Stacie Rohrbach, our Director of Graduate Studies, for more information or to reserve your place at Visitors' Day.

Additional Information

Before you arrive, please check out CMU’s Student Experience for more information about life on campus, and check out 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.

You may find it helpful to learn about Oakland (the neighborhood where campus is located), and see if our local AIGA chapter might be hosting a design-related event. You may also want to leave time in your schedule to visit nearby design attractions like The Warhol, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Fallingwater, Phipps Conservatory, and the Mattress Factory.