Top 10 Reasons We’re for You What makes us different?

What makes us different?  Why do our students create deep bonds here then boldly enter professional design careers out there?  We think we are unique, and once you visit, we think you’ll agree:

1. Cross-collaboration

No matter what major you choose, you’ll have many opportunities to work with all design disciplines in the college.


2. Small + Large

We’re small enough to grow lifelong friendships but large enough to give you a diverse experience.


3. Studio Experience

Our faculty-to-student ratio in studio is 1:15, giving you personal attention and great diversity of ideas.


4. Amazing Faculty

You’ll learn from award-winning educators, including published authors, Fulbright Scholars, AIA Fellows and other amazing professors.


5. Make a Difference

Through experience-learning opportunities, you’ll use design to make a difference in the world.


6. Your Own Space

Our open-space studios encourage collaboration, and from Day 1, you get your own desk, chair and monitor.


7. Techno-Wow

The technology at your fingertips is stellar: Advanced robotics, laser cutters, CNC routers, a vacuum former, water-jet cutter and more.  Employers will take note of your advanced fabrication skills.


8. Space to Explore

Our main hub, the Art + Architecture Building, and our 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab and wood and metal shops provide the space you need to explore.


9. Affordability

We offer ways to make your education affordable, including graduate assistantships and an ever-growing number of scholarships, including the Vol Scholarship.


10. Cost of Living…and Living Well

Living in Knoxville is cheap, plus you’re surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a vibrant Southern city.


Bonus! Two More Reasons We’re Right for You.


11. Be Involved

You’ll find a student organization (or two or three) right here in the college and across UT that are perfect for you.


12. Well-rounded Experience

Our curriculum is [very] demanding, but you still have time for activities and fun.


And of course, we’re the University of Tennessee, Big Orange Country and home of the Volunteers.


Rocky Top will always be home sweet home…to you!