The I-Design program provides students with an up-to-date and adaptive design education. As the creative field continues to expand, the program will enable students to become leaders in multiple design-related industries and even their own communities. Employing the Design thinking methodology, the I-Design major is developed as an integrated design program that is localized for the WSU environment. It develops creative identity through interdisciplinary problem-solving skills, new media and technology, collaboration and global cultural experience. Students studying design enrich contemporary society and culture by creating unique expressive forms of communication and experiences through a broad range of design careers.
The I-Design major incorporates a concentration elective (mimicking the area of expertise) that allows students to individualize their program with an area of interest. Students may choose from Studio Practices, Conceptual Illustration, Technology & Interactivity, Business & Marketing, Sustainable Design, Community Development and Integrated Studies.
The “I” Stands For
Interdisciplinary Creative Studies
Students will expand the boundary of traditional academic scholarship. They will pursue outside subject areas and incorporate different types of creative problem-solving skills into their design studies and individual practice.
Students learn to collaborate with creative thinkers from other disciplines. This approach provides students with strategies, skills and concepts to establish and sustain creative thinking and collaboration that results in increased performance and resourcefulness.
The design program employs an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning to increase intellectual engagement and foster deeper understanding through the development of a hands-on, minds-on and research-based disposition towards teaching and learning. "How to Learn" vs "What to Learn" Inquiry honors the complex, interconnected nature of knowledge construction, striving to provide opportunities for both instructors and students to collaboratively build, test and reflect on their learning.
Students in the program will complete a one-credit independent study personal experience that is substantial and directly immerses the student in a different culture. Examples include most study abroad/travel study programs or a domestic multi-day immersion in the design, culture, art, history, architecture, traditions and lifestyle of a different culture or social group. This will strengthen student adaptation to the current global design industry. Advisor and Program approval is required prior to participating in the cross-culture experience.
Students develop a strong creative identity through a concentration of cross-disciplinary studies. It allows them to explore and combine their strengths and areas of interests in their design discipline (e.g., engineering, computer science, marketing and writing).