Applying to Design Discovery

To apply for the Design Discovery program, please submit the following required materials:

  • An essay (500 words max) that describes a particularly satisfying project you have undertaken. This project need not be related to design or planning, although this is preferable. You might, for example, write about participating in a political campaign, mastering a musical instrument, doing research on a special topic, or organizing a social event.
  • A resume or CV which includes the following information: employment; education; extra-curricular collegiate and community activities (note whether an office held was elected or appointed); honors; awards; professional registration; professional societies; publications; avocations; hobbies; travel. If you served in the military, indicate rank on entry and rank on separation.
  • Transcripts should be submitted online by the applicant and are required from all colleges and universities from which the applicant has received credit. When uploading a transcript, please make sure the scanned version is legible. Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If the university or college does not issue transcripts, a certified letter and certified English translation must be provided. It should list courses and examinations taken, grades, and degrees and dates of degrees received. Admitted students who have attended a school outside of the U.S. may be asked to submit a WES (World Education Service) certified transcript, at the applicant’s expense.
  • A non-refundable $80 application fee is due upon application submission.
  • International students have additional requirements, including an English Proficiency Test.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 1.  Applications will continue to be reviewed until all spots are filled.  Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Deadline Date
Online Application Opens Monday, December 4, 2017
Online Application Deadline for
Domestic and Current Student Visa Holders
Extended to Friday, May 18, 2018
International Applicant Deadline Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Financial Aid Application Deadline Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Registration/Payment Deadline Within two weeks following admission
Immunization Form Deadline Friday, June 1, 2018
Cancellation Deadline for Full (100%) Refund* Friday, June 15, 2018
Program Begins Monday, June 18, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline for Partial Refund** Friday, June 22, 2018
Program Ends Friday, July 27, 2018

*Contact Design Discovery to cancel your enrollment by this date to receive a full (100%) refund of the $3,700 program fee and housing charge of $1,900 (if applicable).

**Contact Design Discovery to cancel your enrollment by this date to receive a partial (50%) refund of the program fee (amounting to $1,850). However, the housing charge of $1,900 (if applicable) will not be refunded.

Refund appeals will not be processed once the program has begun.


Frequently asked:

Q: How will I be notified of the admissions decision?

A: Once decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you of an update to your application.

Q: Is it possible to defer?

A: No, the Design Discovery program does not grant deferrals. If you are admitted but unable to attend, you would need to reapply.

Q: I’ve applied before. Can you reactivate my previous application?

A: No. Any former applicant wishing to reapply to the GSD Design Discovery Program must resubmit all forms and documentation.