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VAS Design Studio - Spring 2009

VAS Design Studio - Spring 2009

The Multi-Disciplinary Design Minor

Buckminster Fuller noted, the designer "is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist." A designer bridges the gap between Art and Science through the intentional creation of items that are aesthetically pleasing and function for a specific purpose. However, in that last few years, Design has emerged as a discipline that has moved beyond form making with products and into the area of altering business practice, decision making and strategic planning.

The students in the Multi-disciplinary Design Minor program learn the processes, techniques and tools of Design in general and are exposed to different specific areas of Design such as architecture, industrial design, interface design, and print media. Using "design thinking" as a model, the curriculum and course projects are constructed to present the conceptual ideas such as emotion, desire and aesthetics in the context of the rational, systematic and scientific.

The students are introduced to the 'studio' concept that serves as a pedagogical model that fosters critical thinking, collaborative engagement and clear communication. The students are required to critique theirs and others work within the context of an interdisciplinary team. The students learn through doing and making rather than passively absorbing.

The minor program focuses on preparing students for flexible careers that use "design thinking" to solve multi-disciplinary applied problems in different areas.

For more information contact:
Director of Design Program
Jim Agutter
375 South 1530 East, Suite 332
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: (801) 581-8779
Fax: (801) 581-8217
Email: agutterja@arch.utah.edu