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Mark Elison Hoversten

From the Dean

Find out what it means to live a life of design by exploring our website.

Your visit to this website is a first step in crafting your education and career. That education and career will have a big impact on your life. It will shape how you think, who you meet, how you spend your time, where you live. It will be deeply rewarding and equally challenging. It will require the best you have to offer and enrich your life and the lives of those you serve.

The college is here to help you begin your journey in the design life. Our highly ranked programs not only teach professional excellence, but also help you learn important life skills, such as teamwork, collaboration, creative inquiry, crafting and making, and research. In short, you will learn to balance intuition with evidence as you design solutions to the confounding challenges we face.

We offer degrees in ArchitectureGraphic & Experience DesignIndustrial DesignMedia Arts, Design and TechnologyLandscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and Design Studies and have focused applications in the built environment, product design, textile and fiber design, user experience, animation and multimedia, as well as creative practice through the exploration of mediums, composition, and storytelling. All ideas start with design thinking, which is a process that takes a human-centered approach to problem-solving.

Our Strategic Plan

The College of Design educates students to become innovators and thought leaders while creating a community for designers, researchers, scholars and practitioners. Our vision is to pursue excellence in design education, scholarship and engagement to empower a more just, healthy, resilient, flourishing and sustainable future.

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No matter what degree program you choose, our faculty and staff are here to support you and provide a safe place for you to experiment, learn from mistakes, and begin your life in design.

So once again, welcome and here’s to great design!

Mark Elison Hoversten, PhD, FASLA, FCELA, AICP, Assoc. AIA

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🗣 We have a *game-changing* announcement to make. 💻🎮🪡

The Art + Design Department in the NC State College of Design will now be known by a new name, the Department of Media Arts, Design and Technology, affectionately known as MADTech. 

This new departmental name change helps communicate the curricular offerings, faculty expertise, and careers that stem from the department. 

Students in the Department of Media Arts, Design and Technology can pursue tracks in gaming and interaction design, animation, and fiber arts. 

For several years, faculty have instructed students on the principles of media arts, design and technology and their relevant applications in society. 

Courses like ADN 311: Creative Coding introduce computer programming to students, allowing them to move beyond the development of purely aesthetic designs to projects that are technically and intellectually forward. 

Further, this shift highlights what those in the program have always known – this isn’t a fine-arts based program. 

This departmental name shift hopes to realign prospective students and faculty with programmatic offerings and prepare graduates for successful careers in the media industry. 

Read more about the name change, the department's goals and what it means for the college in our bio.
The College of Design is hosting a lecture with @notimpossible called "Tackling Food Insecurity: How designers take on big challenges and develop impact-driven solutions for society’s toughest questions."

This special lecture is part of the college's Duda Visiting Designer Program and will discuss how designers take on big challenges and develop impact-driven solutions for society’s toughest questions.

🗓  Thursday, January 26
⏰  5:00 pm
📍 Hunt Library Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public. Register in our bio.
Abby Scheer is a 2022 graduate of NC State’s Master of Industrial Design program, and is evangelizing women’s health.

Her final project as a student became the blueprint for her startup company, Cervu, which designs products for female cancer survivors who suffer from pelvic floor pain during intercourse – also known as dyspareunia.

Cervu is currently in development of Nozomi, a pelvic floor massager and app that provides exercise education, collaborative therapy customization with pelvic floor physical therapists, and progress tracking. Scheer has also been awarded Gold in the Student Category for the IDSA IDEA 2022 Awards.