Creativity and academics.

The academic curriculum offered by Baltimore Design School is a challenging model designed to build a strong scholarly foundation for success in college and careers.

Learn more about our philosophies and programs.


Design Driven

One of the only 6-12 public design schools in the country

Baltimore Design School aims to bring professional exposure, experiential learning, and hands-on creativity to aspiring designers in Baltimore City. A Career and Technology Education school, BDS students are provided with comprehensive academics paired with a focus in the design pathway of their choice.

Students graduate with industry certification and real experience in their chosen career path. With quality education always at the center of our mission, BDS provides Baltimore youth with direct access and the proper tools to become active participants in the field of design.

Baltimore Design School Graphic Design Teacher with Students
Parent Story
Parent Story

"We found BDS when my son was in 6th grade. We thought he'd go into Architecture, but he fell in love with Graphic Design. He's now a senior with the tech and design skills for college and a career."

Christine Frederick, parent of a 12th Grader


Grades 9-12 select one of three pathways for their design focus

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Fashion Design
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Graphic Design
Baltimore Design School - Programs - Architecture

Grades 6-8 learn from curriculum that integrates design learning from all career pathways.


As a unique and distinguished design school, BDS places a strong emphasis on academics. Faculty and community stakeholders focus on integrating design throughout all subject areas. This focus on design integration ensures that instruction is design-based and learning is delivered through multi-disciplinary design-led projects. Middle school includes all requirements of BCPS plus one period of design or art classes each day. High school curriculum follows the state requirements for Career and Technology Education.

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