School of Design and Human Environment

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Graduates of the School of Design and Human Environment mesh creative confidence, technical skill, evidence-based knowledge, and socially responsible ethics to effectively approach the design and merchandising processes from innovation/design solutions to market/user acceptance. Students work with award-winning faculty on research, internships, international experiences, professional development, and community service. Knowledge base is grounded in consumer behavior and management theory, the arts, humanities, and the social and physical sciences.

SDHE News

The Science of Design

OSU's design program one of the best in the nation

The influential blog and web site Fashionista has named Oregon State University one of the top 20 best fashion programs in… Read full story.

SDHE Events

03Oct2014

OSU 2014-15 Executive Leadership MBA Welcome Reception

Get dressed up and enjoy an evening in celebration of the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.  Enjoy panoramic views of the Willamette Valley while you mix and mingle with classmates,…
08Oct2014

Suceeding in Succession: Assess Your Personal and Business Readiness

The most successful transfers of family business ownership from one generation to the next require careful planning, preparation and coordination among family members. This session will help you

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About SDHE

Undergraduate Degrees

Apparel Design (BS)

Interior Design (BS)

Merchandising Management (BS)

Graphic Design (BFA)

Graduate Degrees

Design and Human Environment (MS, MA, MAIS, PhD)

Research and Creative Activity

Research and creative activities in DHE address essential industry, community, and individual needs with a focus on sustainable design processes from innovation/design solution to market/user acceptance.

Signature areas of Research

Functional/Sustainable Design in Apparel, Interiors, & Housing

  • Environmentally responsible textiles
  • Thermal properties of textiles and apparel
  • Aging-in-place technologies
  • Interior design across the lifespan
  • Universal design
  • High performance sports apparel design

Consumer/User Behavior Related to Designed Products/Environments

  • Internet shopping
  • Design and learning environments
  • Corporate/social responsibility
  • Consumer decision making
  • User behavior in commercial and residential interior design

Program Learning Outcomes