The Design Living-Learning Community gives freshman students majoring in art, design, and architecture to participate in discussions, gallery showcases, and field trips to meet with professionals in the field and live with others exploring the design world. Faculty members will assist freshmen in connecting with upper-level students, learning professional skills, and participation in unique experiences within the community.

Location: The Design Living-Learning Community is located in Schmidt/Wilson.residence hall building


  • Build a support network with your peers in both the classroom and the community
  • Engage in activities that promote academic achievement such as discussions with faculty who will offer you extra support and guidance
  • Participate in community events while living among other dedicated students with similar academic interests and ambitions
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills through involvement in student organizations and activities (both within and outside of the living-learning community)
  • Develop networks with faculty, upper-level students, advisers, staff, and alumni in the design world
  • Learn how to manage your time within a time intensive major
  • Use drafting space and collaborate with Theatre and Dance Living-Learning Community


  • Art majors
  • Visual Arts Teaching
  • Apparel Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Interior Design
  • CAP Majors

Programming: Students may choose to participate in tours of design companies, visits to art museums, student gallery showcases, in-hall advising nights, learning about internship opportunities, and more. This past year students visited the Sauder Manufacturing Company.

Partners: To accomplish our goals, the Design Living-Learning Community works very closely with the interior design program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and College of Architecture, and partners with campus offices including the Career Center and Academic Advising.