The Art & Design Community, launching in fall 2017, is an academic residential community (ARC) for students excited about sharing creative ideas, making art, and exploring design. Community members will live and work together in a brand-new building that features a maker space studio.
Above: Rendering of New Residence Hall, opening fall 2017
- take classes and live with three dozen other creative thinkers and makers
- share creative works with the wider campus community through exhibitions and events
- connect with working artists and designers from the university and beyond
- use art and design to transform your own life and the lives of others
Become a part of the Art and Design Community
This community is open to undergraduate students interested in making art; viewing art; or exploring a range of design practices. You will be introduced to studio-based learning and foundational concepts of art and design. As part of our creative community, you will connect with like-minded peers, faculty, professional artists and designers through special events and activities. No previous experience is required, although priority will be given to students majoring in Art, Art & Technology, Design Create Change, or in any School of Architecture & Allied Arts (A&AA) department.
Community members will generate and support activities and events including:
- drawing marathons
- making zines
- attending potluck dinners with visiting artists
- taking behind-the-scenes museum tours
- organizing art and design exhibitions to spark conversation across campus
If you have a vision for an event, your community is the resource that can help you make it happen.
Take classes with your community
ART115: Surface, Space, and Time is a fast paced and immersive introduction to visual literacy and artistic production
Art 115: This course consists of a weekly lecture and a twice-weekly studio section dedicated to the interdisciplinary exploration of concepts and foundational skills through a series of hands-on projects. Two-dimensional design fundamentals, color theory, painting, collage, print media, stop-motion animation, and film and video production will be covered during the course.
AAA199: Design Create Change examines issues of social justice and sustainability through the lens of design practice
AAA 199: Design Create Change provides a contextualization for understanding identity, social justice, and sustainability as the fertile ground for transformation. Project-based learning, design thinking, and creating visual impact are central experiences of this course.
- A 1-credit sketchbook course encourages ongoing visual exploration in the portable sketchbook format
- A 1-credit exhibition course presents your creative work to the broader campus community
Find out more
Interested? Please contact Jessica Swanson, the community’s director, or Christopher Michlig, the co-director. We are looking for a wide range of students from different backgrounds, so all are encouraged to participate. To live here, apply to the Art and Design Community when you fill out your application to live on campus.