BA in Design Arts & Practices Student Experience

Student in Foundation studio

Welcome to your community of like-minded design thinkers and change makers.

The BA Design Arts and Practices program is home to a diverse and creative group of students who share a passion for design thinking and design making as a tool to creating a more environmentally and socially just world.

Whether it’s the tight-knit community you’ll form with your cohort, the variety of student organizations or the interactive activities offered through HeadSPACE, you’ll find the student experience at CAPLA is rewarding in a way that only rigorous programs can be.

Our interdisciplinary faculty are approachable and eager to help you succeed.

Quotation marks

Over the past three years I have been able to create amazing relationships with my professors and peers. The size has allowed me to create an open-ended dialogue with many of my professors in and out of the classroom.

Suzanne Ries '21 BS SBE

The Design Review Process

Reviews and critiques are an essential component of the studio-based design thinking and learning process for CAPLA students. Learn more about the importance of critiques for students, as well as what critiques can look like:



Meet CAPLA Students

Students come to the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture from across the country and around the world. Their interests and passions are broad. Meet a few of our students:

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Tucson, the Coolest Desert City in the World

Tucson's historic 4th Avenue

We hate to give away our best-kept secret, but Tucson is one of the best places to live in the country (and Outside magazine agrees).

Located in the lush Sonoran desert, the metropolitan area of a million people is nestled between five mountain ranges, has a world-renowned multicultural food scene and eclectic neighborhoods and offers year-round outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, rock climbing and astronomy. You’ll fit right in.

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Ready to design a changing world?

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts and Practices by contacting us at, or review the admissions process and begin your application now:


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