School of Design
School Mission Statement: Prepare students to be creative problem solvers, decision makers and intelligent participants in the design community.
As design disciplines continue to grow, design students need an environment in which they can develop their skills, knowledge and identities as designers. With that in mind, the Department of Design was created in 2001 as a part of the College of Fine Arts and Design. UCO is the first university in the region to house its design programs, Graphic Design and Interior Design, in their own School of Design. UCO Design is a NASAD-accredited design school.
The interior design program leading to the BFA in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BFA in Interior Design granted by the University of Central Oklahoma meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements
We are the University of Central Oklahoma's School of Design. We are professionals. We are masters. We live and breathe the trade we teach. Each one of us comes from a different background; we strive to provide you with a well-rounded and versatile experience in design school so you can one day be masters of the trade, like us.
UCO Design students have successfully won more ADDY awards than any other design school in the nation. Since 2011, our students have won more than 1,045 awards! Not only do our students enter the American Advertising Awards, but they also enter competitions such as Graphex and AIGA Flux. Students also submit work (not only have they submitted, but many have been published) into publications such as Print, How, GDUSA, and CA.
The School of Design requires all incoming sophomore or 2nd year undergraduate design students to have a laptop computer.
Classroom instruction, course assignments and research during and outside of class hours will require the use of a personal computer.
Graphic Design uses Apple hardware and the most current software in its labs and digital facilities. To ensure compatibility between the school’s/faculty’s digital infrastructure and student assignments, it is highly recommended that undergraduate students purchase an Apple laptop running the latest operating system. Additionally, we recommend no less than 16GB of RAM to ensure ease when running Adobe Creative Cloud. 32 or 62 GB of RAM (if you can afford it) is preferred but not required. More RAM will help your machine maintain speed as programs update.
Interior Design uses PC hardware and the most current software in its labs and digital facilities. To ensure compatibility between the school’s/faculty’s digital infrastructure and student assignments, it is highly recommended that undergraduate students purchase an PC laptop running the latest operating system. Additionally, we recommend no less than 16GB of RAM to ensure ease when running Revit and other Autocad products. 32 or 62 GB of RAM (if you can afford it) is preferred but not required. More RAM will help your machine maintain speed as programs update.
The School also recommends (but does not require) that all undergraduate students purchase an external hard drive for additional portable storage and file back-up (1TB is optimal).
The Central Tech Store carries a full line of laptops, desktops, and tablets. They can get you a system matched to your studies. They aggressively discount technology devices, services, and accessories meaning you'll save by getting affordable academic pricing. The Central Tech Store is the one-stop-shop for all of your technology needs.
UCO Design thanks our Generous supporters
A grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation funds equipment and projects for our students.
Paymo donates the use of their software to teach our students how to project-manage, estimate time, and create invoices.