WSU's I-Design major is a design program that develops the creative identity. This happens through problem-solving skills from various study areas, new media and technology. The identity is also helped through group effort and global cultural experience.

Students studying design add to modern society and culture by creating unique, expressive forms of contact. They also create experiences through a broad range of design careers.

The I-Design major developed as a varied design program localized for the WSU environment. The program also requires a Faculty-led Travel Study to allow students to experience other cultures.

The creative field will continue to thrive. WSU's Design students will learn to become leaders in various design-related industries and their communities.


Beginning Your I-Design Journey

I-Design builds on a foundation of studio and digital art. The next level contains basic graphic design theory and design history studies.

Students will use classic studio skills along with modern tools, such as professional design software, to gain and improve skills.

Once accepted into the program as sophomores, students start learning advanced modern design theory and practices. 


Coursework & Curriculum

Design students expand their knowledge and skills and build a professional portfolio. This happens through varied courses which include design history, critical theory, new approaches and engaging practices and techniques.

Inquiry, research, group effort, analysis and assessment are core components of the design curriculum. Our students become critical, artistic thinkers responding to modern socio-cultural topics through presentations, videos and more.

Using knowledge from various study areas, students learn to use design thinking to solve challenges in new ways. 



WSU's I-Design major brings in a focus elective (mimicking the area of expertise), allowing students to customize the program with an area of interest.

Students may choose from Studio Practices, Conceptual Illustration, Sustainable Applications and more. 

I-Design Program Objectives

WSU's I-Design program has five main objectives. Each objective begins with the letter "I."


Interdisciplinary Creative Studies

Students will be expected to move above and beyond traditional academic scholarship.

They will seek outside subject areas and use various types of problem-solving skills in their design studies and personal practice. 


Integrative Skills

Students learn to collaborate with thinkers from other disciplines.

The program provides students with strategies, skills and concepts to create and sustain group effort and new ways of thinking. This results in increased performance. 


Inquiry Learning

The design program employs an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. This increases academic engagement and fosters a deeper insight through the development of a hands-on, minds-on and ‘research-based disposition’ toward teaching and learning.

“How to Learn” vs. “What to Learn” Inquiry honors the complex, linked nature of knowledge construction. It strives to provide chances for both instructors and students to build, test and reflect together on their learning. 


International Exposure

Students in the program must complete a one-credit independent study personal experience. The study needs to be substantial and directly immerse the student in a new culture.

Examples include many of the study abroad/travel study programs. Other examples include domestic multi-day involvement in the design, culture, art, history, architecture, traditions and lifestyle of a new culture or social group. This strengthens student adaptation to the current global design industry.

Advisor and program approval are required before the cross-culture experience.


Identity Formation

Students develop a strong creative identity with a focus on various study areas. This allows for exploring and combining their strengths and areas of interest with their design discipline.