UC Davis Design alumni follow a variety of exciting paths upon graduation. Some go directly into further graduate study. Others obtain design positions in different fields including visual communications (digital, environmental and print), interiors, fashion, textiles, exhibition, and product (lighting and furniture) and sustainable design. In recent years our alumni have been employed as designers by companies including:
In addition, alumni have become entrepreneurs through freelance and commissioned work in many related design areas. Check out our Alumni pages to see what Design grads are doing now.
In your senior year, if not before, you will probably want to approach your professors for letters of recommendation. Professors get lots of these requests, so it is in your interest to follow these guidelines:
Design students are strongly encouraged to supplement their Design coursework with internships in design firms, museums, and design-related businesses. Visit our Student Internships and Jobs board to see current postings for Design majors at the ICC. Students who have junior or senior standing may be eligible to receive DES 192 internship units.
UC Davis provides opportunities for employers to recruit summer interns and recent graduates, through job postings and on-campus recruiting. Employers may participate in campus career fairs or set up campus visits to recruit students at other times. Please see the UC Davis Internship and Career Center Employers link for complete details.
The ICC’s Liberal Arts student advisers are available to help you with general questions about resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, etc. There are drop-in hours on the 2nd Floor of South Hall.