Sustainable Design

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Sustainable Design?

Sustainable Design focuses on creating sustainable communities through intentional design. You'll learn how to build objects, places, systems, and policies to solve problems of sustainability in a constantly evolving society. Challenges you’ll take on include:

  • climate change
  • sprawl
  • transportation
  • energy efficiency
  • pollution
  • biodiversity protection
  • waste reduction

The future of sustainable design requires ideas from many disciplines to solve complex problems. You’ll take courses in architecture, industrial and graphic design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and more. Having a background in these concrete skills will prepare you for all sorts of career paths.

Career Options

  • Environmental management
  • Graphic design
  • Industrial design
  • Landscape design
  • Sustainability policy
  • Urban design
  • Urban planning

Post-Graduation Success1

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong social science coursework and performance

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Transfer Criteria

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Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898