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University of Kentucky College of Design

The power of place. It’s more than our tagline; it’s a way to think about how design can impact the world — the place you live and your place within it. But it’s also about building community and finding your role in it. It’s about how our faculty encourage you to dig deep and explore all of the possibilities through the lens of design.

With approximately 430 students in the University of Kentucky College of Design, you can enjoy all the benefits of a small classroom experience but all the opportunities of a large university setting. 49% of our students choose to participate in study abroad, mostly through College of Design faculty led summer programs. We also offer a unique short-term internship program each spring, where students work in hand selected firms across the country and even some internationally.

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Programs & Degrees


The College of Design School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. This degree combines a broad liberal arts education with a foundation in the theory and practice of architecture. The Graduate School of Architecture offers an accredited Master of Architecture, a two-year or three-year professional degree program, which qualifies graduates to pursue licensure in architecture.

Interiors: Planning/Strategy/Design

The College of Design School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interiors: Planning/Strategy/Design, as well as a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Interiors: Planning/Strategy/Design.

Product Design

Students will obtain the Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design upon completion of the four-year curriculum, which includes a diverse array of special topics courses from contemporary technology, healthcare, professional development to furniture design and more.

Undergraduate Certificate in Historic Preservation

This 12-credit-hour program introduces the history and theory of historic preservation while allowing students to explore specialized areas of practice. Students will explore how culture influences human connections to place and the role revitalization plays in community planning and economic development. A wide range of electives allows students to connect basic preservation principles with studies in their major and minor fields.

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Outside the Classroom

Education Abroad

During the summer, you can study abroad or build your portfolio with an internship. Nearly half of all CoD students choose an Education Abroad experience while in the program, including trips to Berlin, Thailand, Venice and Barcelona.

Off Campus and Internship Opportunities

Architecture’s Practice Preview and Interiors Spring Break Externship programs let you gain hands-on experience at leading firms during Spring Break.

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Admissions Process

Applying to UK College of Design is a two-step process. All programs are selective admissions.

  1. Apply to the University of Kentucky
  2. Apply to your chosen program in the College of Design

December 1st is the early action track deadline. To be considered for College of Design or program scholarship, applications must be submitted by December 1st.

February 15th is the Regular Decision Track Deadline.