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Segal Design Certificate Resources


Important Deadlines

Junior Year

During their junior year, interested students should submit the Intent to Pursue form, indicating their desire to enroll in the Segal Design Certificate program.

Senior Year

At least two weeks before their final quarter at Northwestern, certificate students must submit a completed Petition to Receive form.

Portfolio presentations are typically scheduled as part of students’ final deliverable for the DSGN 370 course at a Segal Design Expo.

Certificate Program Curriculum and Requirements

Learn about the Segal Design Certificate candidate requirements including curriculum, electives, portfolio, and more.


Advising is completed by appointment. Students within McCormick may contact Stacy Benjamin, director of the Segal Design Certificate, at
Students outside McCormick may contact John Anderson at

The certificate is highly customizable, and we advise students on an individual basis.

It is generally recommended that students take the portfolio class during fall quarter of their senior year, so they can use their portfolio for job interviews later that year.


Every DSGN course is applicable to the Segal Design Certificate, plus approved electives from other departments. View Segal's courses listed by quarter.


View and download the required forms to complete the Segal Design Certificate.

Prototyping and Fabrication Lab Training Sign Up

Sign up for equipment and skills training in the Prototyping and Fabrication Lab.

Learn more about lab resources and training