What even is design?
Click on some alumni work to see what they say
so at Carnegie Mellon University you can study
3 types of design —
Communication design students create visuals that aid the communication of information through printed and digital materials like websites, animations or magazines.
Using an understanding of typography, color, composition, and other communication design principles, students bring these skills into a variety of professions, including UI/UX, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Publishing and Illustration.
Environment design students create unique, interactive environments through a hybrid design approach that often blend physical and digital media in spaces like websites or museum exhibits.
Using design principles found in AR/VR, architecture, graphic and interaction design, students bring these skills into a wide range of professions, like Motion Design, Installation Art, Exhibit Design, UX, and Interaction Design
Product design students create functional and beautiful objects, devices, and services designed for mass manufacturing like cell-phones, cars, or sneakers.
Using a combination of hands-on approaches like machining, model making, woodworking, and 3D modeling, product designers translate their skills into professions like Furniture Design, Engineering, Toy Design, Fashion, and Automotive Design.
but if you’re just looking for information about
Submitting your online portfolio is done by visiting Carnegie Mellon’s SlideRoom portal. You must first register/create an account in order to upload your portfolio. More info about this on the Apply page.
Many institutions use SlideRoom as their applicant portfolio management system, so if you’ve already created an account, you don’t need to create another one to submit your portfolio to Carnegie Mellon. You can use the email and password that you’ve already created on SlideRoom. Please note that SlideRoom only allows applicants to have one email account.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll see a Help tab on the online portal. From this section of the website you’ll be able to submit your technical questions and a representative from SlideRoom will contact you. Questions regarding technical issues regarding submitting portfolio online shouldn't be sent to Carnegie Mellon.
Yes. Architecture, Art and Design at Carnegie Mellon are individual schools, with separate majors, faculty and admission processes, and therefore different portfolio requirements. Portfolios submitted to only one area won't be viewed for other programs.
We realize that many applicants have works that cannot be shown in their entirety. It’s up to each applicant to edit and present their work in the way that best shows what they’re doing within the limited frame of a portfolio. For videos and films this means selecting the most essential portions of the films for reviewers to view.
What you choose to include and exclude can show reviewers something about what you consider to be important about your own work. For a project with multiple portions, perhaps a compromise approach would work well -- one image that gives an overview of multiple pages, followed by one or two detail shots of individual pages. SlideRoom provides you with space to describe each work submitted, so you may certainly reference each item as a portion of the whole.
No. The portfolio reviewers are not accepting any mail-in portfolios or supplements and will only review work submitted electronically through SlideRoom.