Design

ID: 
5
Abbreviation: 
C
Department Code: 
7

International Adventure

The International Adventure learning community provides a 100% virtual experience in which first-year international students can take courses in common, connect with one another, receive support from upper-division peer mentors, and explore career options from anywhere around the world.

Four options are available for this virtual experience:

  1. Business: course options for Pre-Business majors
  2. Computer Science: course options for computer science majors
  3. Engineering: course options for Engineering majors
  4. General: course options for all majors
     

Contact:

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Suzanne Härle at sharle@iastate.edu

 

Biological & Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI)

"Being in a Learning Community is something that's helped me grow as a student and make connections with people who have similar goals as me. The BPMI Learning Community has done a phenomenal job to help build a cohort of students who otherwise might not connect with each other during their first year. The group of students in my Learning Community grew to be some of my most understanding friends and favorite study buddies."

 

Majors eligible to join

First-year or transfer majors in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI)

 

Program Description

Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration (BPMI) is an interdisciplinary major at ISU. The curriculum spans both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Design. While the major is administered by LAS, there is a close working relationship with COD administration and faculty. 
The program is small, averaging 40-50 students. BPMI is a “destination major” meaning that many students come to ISU specifically because of the program and BPMI attracts many out of state students. Currently, out of state students comprise about 1/2 of the BPMI student count, including several international students. 

Our Learning Community allows students to meet others in their cohort from day one. 

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing up

Sign up will take place during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for details.

 

Contact

Elizabeth Zimmerman
515-294-4831
ezim@iastate.edu

 

Web Site
https://www.bpmi.iastate.edu/

  

 

 

 

Traveling Savanna Studio (sophomore)

"Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Landscape Architecture students in their first year in the professional program (sophomore year).

 

Program description

Students travel as a group with 2-3 faculty members exploring the savanna landscape region that extends from Canada to Texas. Student enroll in 15 credits of Landscape Architecture classes and spend 6-8 weeks during the semester on the road visiting urban areas, national parks, and landscape architecture firms. The travel experience allows students to learn, first-hand, many different aspects of the landscape architecture program and offer the opportunity to interact with their peers and faculty on a daily basis.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

When admitted into the professional program.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper 
297 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

 

 

Global Design Connection

Majors eligible to join

(New) International, international transfer students and domestic students are eligible to join.

 

Program description 

The Global Design Connection is a learning community within the College of Design with the intention of bringing together small groups or “families” of domestic and international students, faculty and staff to facilitate meaningful, cross-cultural relationships built on similar interests/backgrounds of the various design disciplines. Through the learning community experience, students will have the opportunity to:

Identify the complex elements important to members of a diverse cultural group or groups in relation to its/their history, values, politics, economy, or beliefs and practices

Describe the perceptions, viewpoints, or life experiences of people or culture outside of the United States or in non-dominant or marginalized groups within the United States

Analyze and interpret information about cultural differences, cultural rules, and cultural biases in their own society 

Integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge of other cultures in various design settings

Focus will also be placed on developing awareness of resources, integration into Iowa State’s campus and opportunities for growth and friendship through discussions and activities throughout the Dsn S xxx learning community seminar. Campus exploration will also occur through a variety of experiences including on and off campus events, various formal and informal social activities, as well as advice from peers who were new international students themselves.
 

Living Options

Nonresidential

 

Signing up

Students will sign up during orientation.

 

Contact

Marina Reasoner
515-294-8634
reasoner@iastate.edu

Jen Hogan
515-294-8275
jenhogan@iastate.edu

 

 

Design Exchange

"Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically." -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Open to all majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.

 

Program description

The Design Exchange Learning Community is a full year living and learning experience open to direct from high school first-year students enrolled in any major in the College of Design.  The residential component allows students to build a support network as they transition to ISU and the College of Design. All Design Exchange students are enrolled in a one credit seminar each semester (DSN S 110 in fall and DSN S 111 in spring) that encourages their personal, social and intellectual development. All students will take DSN S 131 and DSN S 183 in the fall together.  They will take DSN S 102 in the Spring.  Students also participate in academic and social activities arranged by a peer mentor. 

 

Living Options

The Design Exchange is a residential learning community housed in Friley and Linden halls.

 

Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper
288 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.design.iastate.edu/future-students/future-undergraduate/learning-community/

 

 

Design Collaborative

Living in a learning community allows you to form long-lasting connections over not just proximity, but shared interests. From taking similar classes, grabbing a bite at the dining center, or just hanging out, being part of a learning community gives you an advantage both socially and academically."  -Nick Raap

 

Majors eligible to join

Open to all freshmen and transfer students with majors in the College of Design: Art and Design, Integrated Studio Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning.

 

Program description

The Design Collaborative is a one-semester, non-residential learning community required for all first-year students enrolled in the College of Design, who are not enrolled in the Design Exchange. The Design Collaborative provides students with the opportunity to connect with both peers and faculty members during the semester. Participants expand their knowledge of the various disciplines offered by the College of Design as well as enhance their skills necessary to succeed as design students.

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing up

You will register for the learning community at summer orientation, if you are a freshman, and at transfer orientation if you are a transfer student.

 

Contact

Malinda Cooper
288 Design
515-294-3680
macooper@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.design.iastate.edu/future-students/future-undergraduate/learning-community/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUILD (Building Up In Leadership by Design)

Majors eligible to join

All first-year and transferring BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ are eligible to join.

 

Program description

BUILD is designed to support incoming multicultural students in the successful transition and completion of the Design Core program.  
First-year students are paired with an upper-class student (mentor) in their intended major. 
Students develop academic, co-curricular, social, and professional connections beyond the studio.

Benefits of B.U.I.L.D

  • Peer mentors working one-on-one to help you successfully complete the Design Core program.  
  • Fun monthly social events to build community and strong connections. 
  • Meet twice a month with your mentor to discuss academic and social connections. 
  • Learn the basic software and programs need for the various majors. 
  • Building a strong network of peers to support you through your academic journey.

 

Living Options

No residential options affiliated with the program.

 

Signing up

Contact Jordan Brooks at jwbrooks@iastate.edu to learn more about the program and how to get involved.

 

"Being able to come together as a community and create genuine, authentic connections with new faces that can easily become friends, and getting to freely explore new and impactful experiences as a young adult. A better question would be why shouldn’t a student join a learning community? It provides a plethora of opportunities that will advance and continue to open doors and foster personal growth and development for years to come." Mohamed

Contact

Jordan Brooks
515-294-9555
jwbrooks@iastate.edu

Marwa Elkahif 
515-294-9555
mssgrad@iastate.edu