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About Ohio State Design


The Ohio State University Department of Design seeks to:

  • achieve national and international distinction for educating the future generations to design experiences, environments, objects, services, and systems that impact society in positive and sustainable ways; 
  • advance the field of design research;
  • align with the university’s land-grant mission and its motto of “education for citizenship”;
  • ensure the academic and personal success of our students;
  • support the well-being and professional growth of our faculty and staff. 

Commitment to Shared Values

The department of design embraces the university’s commitment to an ethical culture that affirms our shared values

  • excellence and impact;
  • diversity and innovation;
  • inclusion and equity;
  • care and compassion;
  • integrity and respect.


The Ohio State University Department of Design:

  • Prepares students to play key roles in the future of design practice and research;
  • Creates critical design-related knowledge;
  • Advances interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Embraces an ecological perspective;
  • Promotes diversity;
  • Serves the social good.


The Department of Design is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, USA. 


The Department's degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the Interior Design major program is accredited separately by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Land Acknowledgment 

A commission was recently created to draft a new, university-wide land acknowledgment.  In the meantime, we will use the Newark Earthworks discussion of land acknowledgments.