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College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Design your future... 
By designing the future. University of Cincinnati’s internationally recognized College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning gives students the opportunity to impact quality of life through innovation. 

Through excellence in educational programs, research, creative works, and service to the community, the faculty, students, and staff of DAAP are dedicated to achieve this mission with works and studies that are academically rigorous, technically sound, socially responsible, and aesthetically superior. DAAP is committed to educating future leaders in their respective fields, enhancing an understanding of the arts, contributing to cultural understanding in a global society, and effective utilization of technology in academic and professional endeavors.

DAAP is organized into four schools, as reflected in its title: the School of Design, School of Architecture and Interior Design, School of Art, and School of Planning. Its programs are, year after year, ranked among the very best in the nation and world.
The School of Design offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Fashion Design, Communication Design, and Industrial Design; a master’s degree; and a Fashion Studies minor.
The School of Architecture and Interior Design offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture
and Interior Design; master’s degrees in Architecture and Interior Design; and a doctoral degree in Architecture.
The School of Art offers bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Art History—to which a PreK-12 Visual Arts Teacher licensure can be added—
as well as master’s degrees in Fine Arts, Art History, and Visual Arts Education.
The School of Planning offers bachelor’s degrees in Urban Plan
ning and Urban Studies; master’s degrees in Community Planning and Landscape Architecture; a doctoral degree in Regional Development Planning; and certificates in Geographic Information Systems, Historical Preservation, Planning, and Urban Design.

DAAP also offers a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and certificates in Green Roofs, Sustainable Landscape Design, Urban Agriculture, and Urban Landscapes.

The College is housed in the Aronoff Center for Design and Art, a 164,000-sq. ft. facility that opened in 1996. Designed by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, the Aronoff Center has generated much national and international critical attention. And DAAP Galleries serve a broad and diverse audience drawn from students, faculty, and staff of the University as well as from the wider Cincinnati community.

Many DAAP programs include cooperative education, where students alternate semesters in the classroom with semesters of paid, professional work. Co-op was invented at the University of Cincinnati in 1906, and now, over 100 years later, UC’s co-op program is ranked among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Via co-op, DAAP students literally work around the globe to expand their educational options while building impressive résumés and professional networks.

Famous faculty and alumni of DAAP include architect Michael Graves, interior designers Kevin Roche and Eva Maddox, artist Shane Wolf, toy designers Jim Swearingen and Mark Boudreaux, fashion designer and Project Runway runner-up Althea Harper, and Douglas Dayton, who helped design Apple’s original mouse.

Create your passion
DAAP’s arts programs are consistently ranked high—UC is the top-ranked public university on Business Insider’s list of best schools for design.
●Four schools within DAAP offer 10 undergraduate programs, nine graduate programs, five minors, and seven certificates.
●First-year Architecture students enter with an average GPA of 3.58–3.93, ACT score of 26–30, SAT score of 1160–1310, and rank in the top 14.8% of their class.
●Every two years, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine ranks the interna
tional elite of design programs, the top 30 design schools on the planet. UC routinely makes that world-class list.
I.D. (International Design) magazine listed UC among the globe’s top 10 design schools, the only public institution to make that list.
●DesignIntelligence 2016 rankings place DAAP’s undergraduate Industrial Design program among the top five in the nation.
●Also for 2016, DesignIntelligence ranked our undergraduate Interior Design program fourth nationally, our Master of Design program fourth
nationally, and our Master of Architecture program #17 in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC’s graduate program in Design sixth in the nation.

An industry publication, Planetizen, ranks our Planning graduate programs among the best—fourth in the Midwest and 16th in the nation. And GDUSA magazine rated DAAP as a Top Design School.




TYPE OF SCHOOL: Urban public research campus world renowned for architectural diversity and beauty; ranked 35th among public universities by the National Science Foundation

STUDENTS: 44,000+ total students from 50 states and more than 110 countries
• Overall percentage of minority students: 21%
• Percentage of students of color in first-year baccalaureate class: 17%
• Percentage of first-generation students in first-year baccalaureate class: 21%
• Percentage of Pell-eligible students among first-year, degree-seeking undergrads: 28%


350+ degree offerings


EARNINGS (Cooperative Education): Last year students earned a collective $65 million by alternating semesters spent in school with paid, professional work experiences related directly to their majors. 

FINANCIAL AID: Multiple scholarships and other forms of support; the University provides close to $50 million annually to undergraduates in merit-, talent-, and need-based aid and scholarships. All told, the University administers close to $500 million in aid to all students in the form of federal, state, institutional, and private support.

COSTS Per academic year:
• Tuition, Ohio resident, undergrad: $11,000
• Tuition, out of state, undergrad: $26,334
• Tuition, Ohio resident, graduate: $14,468
• Tuition, out of state, graduate: $26,210
• Room and board: $10,964–$13,311 (depending on room type and occupancy)


UNDERGRADUATE PROFILE: Incoming first-year students on Uptown Campus boast, on average, an ACT score of 25.7, SAT score of 1163, and high school GPA of 3.58.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Enrollment of international students is up 63% since 2009, due to focus on service, support, and retention. Retention of first-year, full-time international baccalaureate students is 93.5%. Independent International Student Barometer survey of students at 172 universities ranks UC in the top five “most welcoming” in the US.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1 is the Early Action deadline for admission to selective programs the subsequent fall. All applications received before the Early Action deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed. After December 1, programs with space continue to review applications on a rolling basis through March 1.