UC Davis Today: Students find their way in design

Students holding a number of street signs

Students find their way in design

Mixing technology with creativity, students in UC Davis’ design major develop imaginative ways of looking at the things people use everyday — from clothes to signs to lighting, and more.  

In their studies, undergraduates choose from four areas of emphasis: exhibition design (exhibitions, signage and environmental graphic design); interior design (furniture and lighting design); textiles technology and fashion design; and visual communication (including multimedia).

The Design Program stands unique in the UC system for its professional orientation and acclaimed resources — a lighting center, design museum and design collection. Guided by accomplished faculty, students hone their artistic and perceptive abilities to pursue advanced studies or work one day as designers.

(Students work in groups during a wayfinding exercise in design professor Tim McNeil’s environmental graphic design class. Photo by Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

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