College of Design

Requirements and preferred qualifications to transfer (as a current NC State student) into specific College of Design majors are listed below. This includes students who desire to change their major, as well as those who want to add a College of Design major.

Students must meet the listed “Minimum Requirements” in order to submit an online CODA application to transfer (see CODA Application). These requirements must be complete at the time the application is submitted. Candidates who meet the preferred qualifications outlined below have a higher probability of being approved for transfer. All admission is competitive and based on space availability in the specific program. Meeting the preferred qualifications does not guarantee admission to the desired major.

If you have questions about transferring to programs in the College of Design, contact the Student and Academic Services Office at 919-515-8306, or stop by the office – Brooks Hall Room 225.

Design Studies (BS) – Non-Studio Based

Application Deadlines:

September 15

February 15

May 15

July 1

Minimum to apply and be considered:

  • Completion of 15 or more NC State graded credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA must be > or = 2.0
  • Completion of ENG 101 (B- or better)

Preference will be given to students who meet the following:

  • Cumulative GPA of > or = 3.0, and
  • Completion of one HI course (B- or better)
  • Completion of COM 110 (B- or better)

Architecture (BEDA), Art + Design, Graphic Design and Industrial Design – Studio Based

Students interested in transferring to College of Design “studio” majors (Architecture, Art + Design, Graphic Design and Industrial Design) must submit an electronic application (CODA) and the required portfolio and essay by November 1 (application is available beginning September 16). Applicants are reviewed annually for admission for the following fall semester. Students will be notified regarding decisions from this first “phase” of the admissions process by the end of December. Approval at this phase will get students invited to the “interview phase” which occurs in January.  Final decisions for admission will be reported by early March.

Application Timeline:

Nov 1: Application Due for Studio-Based Majors (Including Portfolio and Design Essay for Studio-Based Majors)

Late Feb: Decision Notification

May 1: Deadline to Accept Admissions to College of Design

Minimum to apply and be considered:

  • Submission of portfolio – Enter the URL to your portfolio website in the CODA Application – in the box along with the required essay
  • Submission of required essay – Enter the essay in the box on the CODA application. The essay should respond to the appropriate question listed below for the department to which you are applying:

Answer each of the following questions and limit your statements to 250 words per question:

  1. In a creative voice, describe a room or space that has greatly influenced your life. If that space could speak, what would it express?
  2. Select one project from your portfolio and tell us (1) why you made it and (2) why it is a good example of your understanding of design.
  1. Please describe how and why you made one piece or work in your portfolio. (Maximum 250 words)
  2. Imagine you have a toolbox in which you keep all that you need to be creative. How would you use what is in the toolbox to create a world in which you hope to live? (Maximum 350 words)

Please limit your responses to 250-350 words for each prompt below.

  1. Discuss one project in your portfolio that best reflects your current understanding of graphic design. Consider how it might be received or used by somebody other than yourself.
  2. Discuss how design might be used to empower high school students to manage and/or save money.
  1. You are required to assemble a team of 4 (including yourself) to develop/investigate a solution for ______ (fill in the blank).
  2. You may recruit one person (living), one animal, and one inanimate object (that subsequently becomes living). Who do you assemble as part of your team? What are the roles of the team members? What are you solving for?

Preference will be given to students who meet the following:

  • Completion or current enrollment in 15 or more NC State graded credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA of > or = 3.0, and
  • Competitive essay review
    • An essay will be included as part of your electronic CODA Application. The essay should respond to the appropriate questions for the department to which you are applying. See departmental essay questions in the “Submission of Required Essay” section above.
    • Enter the essay response in the same box as the URL to your portfolio
  • Competitive portfolio review
    • Enter the URL to your portfolio website in the CODA Application – in the box along with the required essay
    • For details about the required portfolio click here.