College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Design your future
The 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 work 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.
The College’s home was designed by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, and his design for DAAP has consistently earned national and international critical attention.
DAAP is organized into four schools, as reflected in its title: 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 Planning 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.
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, in which students alternate semesters in the classroom with periods of paid, professional work. Co-op was invented at the University of Cincinnati in 1906, and now, over 100 years later, UC co-op is ranked among the nation’s top 25 programs by U.S. News & World Report. Through 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, 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
The College’s competitive programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation—and even the world.
• Graphic Design USA magazine listed UC’s School of Design among its 2017 Top Graphic Design Schools.
• In 2017, Metropolis magazine recognized the School of Design as one of eight schools “going above and beyond” in terms of diversity and inclusion.
• In the most recent DesignIntelligence survey of the nation’s employers who hire Architecture and Design graduates, those employers rank DAAP’s undergraduate Industrial Design program #2 nationally. The graduate Industrial Design program is ranked #4 nationally.
• Surveyed employers also ranked the College’s Interior Design program #6 and the graduate Architecture program #14. In its survey of Interior Design deans, UC’s program was the #1 “most admired undergraduate interior design program.”
• In 2013, Business Insider ranked the 25 best design schools in the world. Art directors, product designers, and other design professionals rated DAAP #3 in the world as a school that “is best suited to get you the design job you want.” The College was the top-ranked public university in that category.
The University of Cincinnati: An urban public research campus world renowned for architectural diversity and beauty; ranked 35th among public universities by the National Science Foundation
Students: More than 44,000 total students from all 50 states and more than 110 countries
• Overall percentage of minority students: 21%
• Underrepresented minority students in first-year baccalaureate class: 18%
• First-generation students in first-year baccalaureate class: 20%
• Pell-eligible students among first-year, degree-seeking undergrads: 28%
Student-faculty ratio: 17:1
Programs: Over 350 degree offerings
Real-world experience and earnings (cooperative education): Last year UC 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 $60 million annually to undergraduates in merit-, talent-, and need-based aid and scholarships. Altogether, 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, undergraduate: $11,000
• Tuition, out of state, undergraduate: $26,334
• Tuition, Ohio resident, graduate: $14,468
• Tuition, out of state, graduate: $26,210
• Room and board: $11,082–$13,452 (depending on room type and occupancy)
Admission requirements: Vary by program
Undergraduate profile: Incoming first-year baccalaureate students have, on average, an ACT score of 25.7, SAT score of 1163, and a high school GPA of 3.63.
Retention: UC’s overall first-year, full-time baccalaureate retention rate stands at 87.5%.
International student services: Enrollment of international students has increased 75% since 2009 due to a focus on service, support, and retention. Retention is more than 90% for first-year, full-time international baccalaureate students. The 2015 independent International Student Barometer survey of students at 172 universities ranked 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 that deadline are guaranteed to be reviewed. After December 1, programs with space continue to review applications on a rolling basis through March 1.