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Renowned graphic designer Michael Beirut once wrote, “Not everything is design. But design is about everything. So do yourself a favor and be ready for anything.” This is essentially what the Department of Design at SJSU strives to achieve. Our program prepares students for design in the real world, not just in the abstract environment of the classrooms. The curriculum aspires to give students both conceptual and practical experience, so that once they graduate, they are armed with skills that could be adapted for the unpredictability of everyday life.

The department offers five areas of focus: Design Studies; Animation/Illustration; Graphic Design; Industrial Design; Interior Design. Each program is led by accomplished faculty members with years of professional achievements; most of whom, in addition to teaching, are currently working in their respective fields which equips them to provide students with the most updated information from the professional world.