Joe Dunaske - Collaborative Design
Christian Czernik - Collaborative Design
Matt VanSweden - Collaborative Design
Ian Culver - Collaborative Design
Rachel McDowell - Collaborative Design
Zoe Silver - Collaborative Design
Ian Culver - Collaborative Design
Emily Pinter - Collaborative Design
Hannah Sorensen - Collaborative Design
Maggie Henderson - Collaborative Design
The mission of KCAD’s Collaborative Design BFA is to develop “Specialized Generalists,” with an understanding of the range and purpose of the several design disciplines, strong communication skills, issues of sustainability and economic impact of design thinking. The students will strengthen core collaborative skills with design elements and principles gained from supportive studio courses and applied to collaborative design experiences. The program requires the student to minor in one of the offered design disciplines: Industrial, Interior, Graphic, Furniture or Digital Media.
The application of studio knowledge and skill is expected across the Collaborative Design curriculum. Students will be able to advocate, facilitate and coordinate design application in both public and private organizations. The primary focus is on the process of design. Students will demonstrate the understanding of the design process through physical and fabricated project outcomes. Additionally, students will develop the knowledge and skills for both generating and communicating good ideas collaboratively, to recognize and meet today and tomorrow’s economic needs, and to function both independently and as part of a team.
In the Collaborative Design program, you’ll engage in a design process that blends focused listening and observation with integrative thinking and insight to identify opportunities and solve problems. Using this process, you’ll uncover, facilitate, and communicate solutions to complex, systemic challenges across a broad range of professional applications, both independently and as part of a team. You’ll also cultivate an intimate awareness of how design impacts sustainability and the economy.
A blend of studio classes and a required minor in a specific design discipline that piques your interest will help you understand, implement, and advocate for good design wherever life leads you. You ll also round your education out with a wide range of general education courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and inspire new creative expressions. KCAD s flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.
The Collaborative Design program transforms curious individuals into “specialized generalists” who possess an acute understanding of the range and purpose of multiple design disciplines. You’ll develop strong collaborative communication and research skills and gain hands-on experience applying design thinking and systemic approaches to solve problems from a human-centered perspective that will allow you to facilitate the connection of design disciplines to business and nonprofit organizational needs. You’ll also come away with the ability to leverage a variety of media, from print to digital to interactive, to generate, communicate, and implement design solutions.
KCAD’s BFA in Collaborative Design continues the college’s rich legacy of preparing students for successful careers in art and design. Today, the skills we teach are in higher demand, and not just in creative fields, but outside of them as well. In collaborative environments all over the world, employers are looking for people who understand the design process, can apply it to real-life challenges, and know how to communicate their ideas to a larger team or audience. At KCAD, we’ve been helping students develop those same qualities for more than 80 years. Now, our experience can become your edge.
As a Collaborative Design graduate, you’ll be primed for a variety of careers in traditional design fields, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in addition to being able to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive job market. You’ll also emerge well prepared to undertake graduate level study in a specialized area.
As a student in the Collaborative Design program, you’ll benefit from KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more. You’ll also have access to The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; and the KCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly journals.
View the 2020-2021 KCAD College Catalog for a list of current courses.
In collaborative environments all over the world, employers are looking for people who understand the design process, can apply it to real-life challenges and know how to communicate their ideas to the team.
The Collaborative Design program will prepare you for a variety of careers in traditional design fields, business, and nonprofit organizations.
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