Department of Art and Art History Design

Student Design Exhibition

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works.

— Steve Jobs

Design is a pervasive practice that shapes almost every aspect of human experience in our physical and virtual environment. Students in the Design program learn to critically assess current conditions and situate their work so as to enhance future cultural, socio-economic, material, and environmental circumstances. These are the thoughtful, ethical designers of the future, who will imbue our environments with depth, texture and meaning.

In the Design program, students develop a personal design process that can be applied across industries in four categories:

  1. Symbolic and visual communications
  2. Material objects
  3. Activities and organized services
  4. Complex systems or environments

The Design program teaches students how to realize a design in a variety of ways—sketches, written proposals, prototypes, and finished objects—and to move from the design of an object to designing parts of systems as members of an interdisciplinary team.