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Iowa State University

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The Iowa State University College of Design is home to about 1,800 undergraduate and 150 graduate students. We’re a small college at a big university, and you can enjoy the best that both have to offer.

You will be able to connect right away with others who have similar interests when you sign up for one of our two design learning communities. The Design Exchange and Design Collaborative are open to all first-year students enrolled in the Core Design Program. They help you make friends and meet faculty members, and they provide a support network that will help you make the best of your first year in college.

The studio method is our primary form of instruction. This provides a powerful way to develop and refine your creative abilities through inquiry, critical thinking, synthesis and application of knowledge. Most classes in the College of Design are studios ranging in size from 15 to 20 students. Because of these small class sizes and the structure of the working environment, the studio also helps foster close relationships with other students and faculty. Studios meet for long, concentrated periods of time, combining lecture and discussion with hands-on participation.