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. A visit is an excellent opportunity for you to better understand what you can expect from the programs, and to decide 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, and it's far more likely that we can answer your questions fully if you email us to confirm your 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 2017/2018 academic year, our Visitors' Days are Monday, November 13, 2017 and Monday, March 26, 2018. A typical Visitors' Day is designed to give you a day in the life of a master's student. It includes an information session with our director, a graduate seminar course, lunch and conversation with current graduate students, and a graduate studio course.
Please email Anita Kulina Smith, our Graduate Program Coordinator, for more information or to reserve your place on Visitors' Day.
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.