Goals and Objectives


Develop all degree programs that together are rigorous and provide the intellectual and practical skills, that are linked pedagogically and structurally to enhance practice and research.

Foster team-building through collaborative coursework.

Maintain and further develop additional experiences and venues that provide students with practical knowledge relevant to real-world settings.

Expand engagement and service learning opportunities for faculty and students including strong community and industry-based relationships.

Encourage an entrepreneurial attitude toward design practice.


Enhance and develop research opportunities to further the impact of design.

Foster a cross-department, cross-school pedagogy that furthers collaboration and cross-disciplinary opportunities.

Support student and faculty scholarship by creating research incentives and support through internal and external funding sources

Continue to develop research-driven projects at the Center for Design Research to engage multidisciplinary teams

Encourage the growth and development of masters programs in Design

Enhance global awareness to prepare student and faulty understanding of the large and increasingly complex problems.


Encourage faculty to develop meaningful study abroad experiences; encourage students to prepare and study abroad during their time at the university

Support faculty to continue to build collaborative programs with design practitioners and others abroad

Continue to seek to place our students in foreign design firms or exchanges with other design educational programs.


Who We Are

We are a center of design thinking and making.

We make things that didn’t exist. We visualize messages that move people.

We solve problems that nobody imagines or sees coming – in our state, in the Region, in the Country, in the World

We are in the middle of design practice, research and education. We are in the middle of brainstorms, conversations, and dialogues.

We give ideas life.

We are a diverse group of artists, professionals, drawers, problem solvers, craftspeople, ideators, image makers, leaders, innovators, conceptualizers and change agents

We are bold. We move fast. We sketch, prototype, evaluate and iterate.Then we make some more.

We are the point that connects empathy and action. We make products and services better.

We are a source for creativity
for businesses
for organizations
for governments
for schools
for communities

We change lives. We spark a discussion. We make it tangible.

We are a dynamic network of students, faculty, alumni, clients, partners, dreamers and doers.

We are a place for collaboration. Playing with Concepts. Playing with form.

We are the place that makes it real, so audiences can see it, feel it, look at it and know it.

We are designing designing.

We are designing in the middle. We are design in the middle.

In the middle of industries, markets, museums, and galleries.

Through in-depth instruction and critique with our award-winning faculty, students become masters of visual literacy, graduating with the ability to critically read and unpack our visual world.  Our alumni enter the world as respondents, as makers, as the creators of tangible remedies for problems presented by our ever-changing social, environmental and political climate.

We are in the middle of design thinking, doing and making the next big thing.

Join us.
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