Sustainable Design

College of Fine and Applied Arts


As of July 2023, this major has limited space available for inter-college transfer students.

  • Brief application with personal statement (500 words total)
    • Why do you think sustainability issues are important?
    • Describe a personal experience that highlights why society needs to include design in its efforts toward sustainability.
  • Demonstrated progress toward campus General Education requirements
  • No portfolio requirement

Sophomore-level transfer:

  • 2.0 GPA minimum (Illinois and cumulative)
  • Strong applicants will have completed at least one of the following: ARCH 171, FAA 230, LA 101, UP 136, ARTH 211, a drawing course.

Junior-level transfer:

  • 2.25 GPA minimum (Illinois and cumulative)
  • Must have completed ARCH 171
  • Must have completed a drawing course (ARTD 225, LA 280, or other).
  • Recommend completion of ARCH 172, LA 101, UP 136, ARTH 211
  • No second semester junior transfers

Application Periods

  • Fall 23: Limited space available.
  • Spring term: Applications accepted May 1 to October 1 for the upcoming spring
  • FA 24 and later fall terms: Applications accepted December 1 to March 1 for the upcoming fall
  • Admissions decisions provided two weeks after deadline

Important Links


Admitted students will be contacted for advising upon acceptance into the major. The student will be responsible for setting up the initial appointment.  Students may schedule appointments online.