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Sep 26, 2022

Students showcase work in ASIFA-Hollywood Educators Forum

In spring 2022 the Department of Art+Design launched a Senior Capstone Animation Studio. In the studio, students worked individually and in groups on a year-long project to complete an animated film. The films ranged in form from hybrid 3D animation to traditional 2D animation and in length from 4 to 7 minutes. The films were screened as part of the ASIFA Hollywood-sponsored 2022 Student Animation Showcase with other animation programs from around the country. 

JMark Scearce composes music for Carolina Ballet

Sep 6, 2022

Designing for Dance

“Designing for dance is the ultimate act of design,” says Professor of Art + Design J. Mark Scearce, Ph.D. For the ballet’s 25th anniversary, four of Scearce’s ballets will be produced, giving design students a rare front row seat in the art of meeting client expectations. 

3D-printed ceramic items sit on a shelf in Shawn Protz's ceramics lab

Jun 27, 2022

2022 Designlife Magazine

Read about the people and activities featured in the 2022 issue of Designlife Magazine. 

Professor Derek Ham demonstrates how augmented reality can highlight the history of Negro League Baseball and the impact of players like Buck Leonard.

Jun 20, 2022

History and Augmented Reality Meet to Uplift a Black Icon from North Carolina

Students and faculty are bringing new life and awareness to icons like Negro League Baseball player Buck Leonard, using AR to enhance typical displays into interactive, mini-museums. Working with a grant from the NC State Foundation focused on “Mixed Reality for Social Impact,” Derek Ham, department head of Art + Design at NC State’s College of Design, is helping to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in the medium he knows best – Augmented Reality (AR). 

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May 18, 2022

Celebrating Another Successful Day of Giving

The College of Design celebrated another successful Day of Giving on March 23, 2022 thanks to the generous gifts of donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends, all of whom believe in the importance of design education. Thanks to your support, the college was able to raise $474,885 from 373 gifts, exceeding last year’s 309 gifts by 21%. 

Barnstormers: Determined to Win to be shown at CannesXR

May 12, 2022

Art + Design’s Derek Ham to be Featured at Cannes

Department Head of Art + Design, Derek Ham, will have his most recent completed VR title, “Barnstormers: Determined to Win” shown in one of the world’s most well-known and prestigious film festivals - the 2022 Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes.  

Molly Nunes

May 5, 2022

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

We asked our spring graduates for some thoughts on their time in the College of Design. Below, hear from them in their own words. 

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Apr 15, 2022

Art2Wear Takes the Stage in 2022

On April 27 in Talley Student Union’s Stewart Theatre, spotlights will once again shine on the runway following Art2Wear’s two-year hiatus from its widely anticipated in-person fashion show. The annual event is organized and hosted by the College of Design’s Art + Design department, and usually attracts about 1,000 attendees including NC State students, greater Raleigh community members and industry partners. 

Dean Mark Hoversten

Apr 14, 2022

An Update on the Allred Gallery Floor

The floor of the Allred Gallery in Kamphoefner Hall was inspired by the work of well-known architect Le Corbusier. As we learn more about the history of this designer from contemporary research, we are learning more about his unfortunate ties to groups that excluded and persecuted others. The values held by Le Corbusier, particularly those of homophobia, misogyny, and fascism, are not held by the College of Design. Our mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for any individual who enters our space to work and learn.  

Crabtree digital exhibit

Mar 22, 2022

Alumni and students create experimental immersive light experience at Crabtree

To help celebrate 50 years of community engagement, Crabtree partnered with award-winning team, Mike Cuales [MID ‘00] and Robin Vuchnich [MGD ‘14], to create an experimental immersive light experience for guests while supporting local artists, including students from NC State’s College of Design. The works were created using different techniques and technologies from virtual reality painting, procedurally generated art, artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and neural networks. 

Beasley and Scearce

Feb 22, 2022

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: World Risks and Design Philosophy

When professor Mark Beasley wanted to present a more innovative approach to risk management, he enlisted the help of JMark Scearce, professor of art and design in the College of Design. Scearce, a professional composer and a former chair of NC State’s Department of Music, teaches design thinking to his students, and he applied that perspective to risk management in his summit presentation. 

Designer's Critical Alphabet Cards

Jan 7, 2022

From A-to-Z: Lesley-Ann Noel and Decolonizing Design

Assistant Professor of Art + Design Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel aims to bring underrepresented voices into everyday design education through social innovation, inclusive community-led research and public health solutions. By creating tools such as the Designer’s Critical Alphabet and the “Who Am I” Positionality Wheel, she is making conversations around race and bias more common in classrooms and workplaces. 

Vy Hoang, Graphic Design, Belmont, NC

Dec 15, 2021

First Year Experience Paper Project is featured in Walter Magazine

NC State first-year design students study form, function, and movement through inventive garments made of paper. Republished from Walter Magazine 

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Nov 19, 2021

NC State Creatives: Meghan Tankersley

Meghan Tankersley's fascination with the natural world and how it can be pushed further began at an early age. Now, as a senior in Art + Design, she sees the world of gaming as a powerful space to explore fantastic worlds, interact with mythical creatures and share unique experiences. 

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Nov 11, 2021

Nothing is Perfect: Meditation, Virtual Reality and Juvenile Justice

Most students detained at San Francisco's Juvenile Hall have faced extreme hardships beginning at a very young age. So how can we aid the healing process through design? In Derek Ham's ADN 560 studio, students were tasked with developing virtual worlds tailored to the specific needs and issues faced by incarcerated youth. 

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Oct 26, 2021

Two Students Bring Home AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

First year Art + Design student Olivia Santangelo and Art + Design sophomore Ajane "AJ" Lawrence each won awards for their bodies of work in the fields of graphic design and illustration, respectively. 

Charles Harbison Visual by Mark Harris

Oct 1, 2021

Always the Gold Sandal

My mom, Dana, built tool sets at a tool factory; on the weekends she became a sexy Donna Karan power woman. My Grandma Hattie was a factory knitter, but she moonlighted as a feline Patrick Kelly–esque dame, particularly on Sundays. Read the full story by Charles Harbison for The Atlantic. 

Adrienne McKenzie entry for the Hand & Lock competition

Sep 20, 2021

Adrienne McKenzie’s finalist entry shown in London

Adrienne McKenzie was in the finalist round for the Hand & Lock exhibition of Fiberart International 2022. Presented by the Fiberarts Guild and recognized around the world as a benchmark documenting trends and innovations in the field, the goal of the exhibition is to include work rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes and history, as well as art that explores unexpected relationships between fiber and other disciplines. Adrienne’s work will be displayed in the Bargehouse Oxo Tower in London.  

Justin Johnson Siggraph 2021

Sep 2, 2021

Exploring Nature as a Resource in Virtual Reality

GGRAPH 2021 Groovy Graphics Assignment, “Photogrammetry for a Virtual Reality Nature Scene.” As part of their on-demand talk, the two discussed capturing nature using photogrammetry and building a virtual reality nature scene. 

Angela Medlin Working

Jul 15, 2021

Angela Medlin: Doing the Long Math

Until she was in a position to hire talent while working for brands like Levi Strauss & Co, The North Face, Eddie Bauer, Nike and Adidas, Angela could not help but notice that she was the only Black designer in the room. After 30 years in the industry she made a life-changing decision – she was going to design for herself again. 

Derek Ham Portrait

Jun 16, 2021

Entertainment with Impact: Derek Ham Brings Art + Design’s Direction into Focus

It’s no secret that the Art + Design program is a leading force in training the next generation for careers in animation, game design and virtual reality.  However, according to Department Head Derek Ham, the world of academia has developed a stigma around one of the program’s most lucrative opportunities: the entertainment industry. In his… 

Charles Harbison

Feb 15, 2021

Design Identities: Charles Harbison

“I walked into this university thinking I would be an architect, and then I got in my first semester and fell in love with fabric manipulation,” says Charles Harbison, Art + Design graduate and founder and creative director of HARBISON. From there, he fell in love with fiber arts, tapestry, weaving, and textiles from around the world, and decided to switch to Art + Design and Textiles with the intent of pursuing fashion design in New York. 

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Dec 22, 2020

Masters of Art + Design Program Recognized for Excellence in Assessment

The Masters of Art + Design program has been recognized by the NC State Graduate School as a 2019-2020 Excellence in Assessment Honoree. 

Fall 2020 Commencement Web

Dec 3, 2020

Congratulations, Graduates!

For our 2020 graduates, this year's commencement ceremony was like no other. It began with a video of Dean Hoversten searching the campus for our students. Then, the department heads shared words of encouragement with the students, commending them for their outstanding work this year. 

Susan Toplikar

Oct 14, 2020

Remembering Susan Toplikar

Susan taught, trained, and mentored rising artists, designers, and architects for over 30 years at the College of Design at NC State University. In addition to teaching, Susan maintained a rigorous studio presence. She was very prolific, creating works in the studio when she wasn’t in the classroom, and completed an astonishing body of work. 

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Sep 13, 2020

NC State Creatives: Sara Fisher

To Sara, the gaming world is more than just a space for entertainment - it's a space for empathy and connection. Using VR and motion-sensing software, Sara's work aims to bring feelings of curiosity, exploration and compassion to interactive design. 

Chandra Cox 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy

Aug 14, 2020

Chandra Cox Contributes Illustrations to ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy’

Chandra Cox's illustration appears in Tony Medina’s book, 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, in which Medina’s poems are illustrated by depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, growing up to be teachers, and much more. 

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Aug 12, 2020

DDes Student Researching How to Design VR That Heals

Justin Johnson is researching how VR can be used to treat PTSD and promote cognitive restoration. 

Susan Toplikar

Jul 28, 2020

Susan Toplikar, Former Art + Design Faculty, Dies

Susan Margaret Toplikar, passionate teacher, gifted artist, and dedicated community-arts activist, passed away July 20, 2020, from complications associated with Parkinson's disease. 

Morgan Cardwell Art2Wear collection 2020

Jun 16, 2020

Strange, Unfamiliar, Marvelous: Explore the Art2Wear Digital Showcase

COVID-19 may have shut down the catwalk, but student designers are still unveiling their dazzling creations from home. 

Black Lives Matter Black Square

Jun 9, 2020

Black Lives Matter

The College of Design continues to be saddened and angered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others who are unjustly murdered based on the color of their skin. We cannot let this continue to happen. Furthermore, we cannot let our profession, one which is predominately white, remain silent on… 

student working on Story Go Round project

May 27, 2020

Berreth, Fitzgerald and Polyak to Present at Prestigious SIGGRAPH 2020

It all started with some wooden spools. Brooks Hall was being rewired for internet, and a faculty member stumbled across 20 wooden spools lying in the breezeway between two buildings. 

Derek Ham

May 20, 2020

Derek Ham Appointed Department Head of Art + Design

Ham has been at the College of Design since June 2015 and was recently promoted from assistant professor. 

Animation Rankings

May 18, 2020

Animation Program Ranked in the Top 20 Nationally by Animation Career Review

The College of Design has again ranked in the top public schools in the nation for its animation program. #2 in North Carolina for Animation Schools #20 for Animation Schools offering a BA Nationally #35 among the Top 40 Animation Public Schools and Colleges Over 200 schools across the country were ranked. To see the full list of… 

Rj Javier

May 11, 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

The College of Design is excited to celebrate the graduating class of 2020. 

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Feb 24, 2020

NC State Creatives: Darrien Bailey

Design is about telling great stories. Darrien is using his passion for history to bring people into those stories through graphic novels and exhibit design. 

Virtual MLK Presentation on Saturday, February 15

Feb 12, 2020

Virtual MLK Speech created by Derek Ham and Victoria Gallagher Comes to Hunt Library on Feb. 15

Be a part of Civil Rights history at the Hunt Library on Saturday, Feb. 15. with a full day of free, public events featuring a virtual reality experience of one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most iconic speeches. Other events include a choral performance, family activities, guided tours, and a community discussion on advocacy. 

Katie Brooks Ginkgo Leaf Painting

Dec 13, 2019

Katie Brooks Transforms Fallen Leaves into Breathtaking Artwork

The world is your canvas. Meet Katie Brooks, a senior in the Art + Design program at the NC State College of Design with a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship from the NC State Department of Music. Katie regularly uses all kinds of leaves as her canvas — but it was actually a tree on campus by Park Shops that first inspired her to pick up a leaf to paint. 

Hal Meeks

Oct 22, 2019

Hal Meeks Leads Students to Explore Animation Through Design Camp

By Stuart Hall For as long as Hal Meeks can recall, he’s had a passion to tinker. “I was doing a lot of things that you’re supposed to do as a designer,” said Meeks, 60, whose father was an engineer and mother was an avid painter. “I got it from them and I always making… 

Liora Manne

Sep 24, 2019

Designer Liora Manné To Be Honored As A Distinguished Alumnus

The NC State College of Design has selected Liora Manné ('77 MPD) as the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. 

NC State Belltower

May 8, 2019

Six NC State Students Selected for the Miller Fellowship

NC State Entrepreneurship announces the 2019 Miller Fellows, a group of six representing three colleges and five startups. 

Tea Blumer at the Lulu eGames

May 7, 2019

Success by Design

May 2019 graduate Téa Blumer reflects on her time at NC State and how it's equipped her for success as an entrepreneur. 

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Apr 29, 2019

A Message Regarding the Department of Art + Design

The College of Design has announced that Associate Professor Kathleen Rieder has been named Interim Department Head of the Department of Art + Design 

Employee Awards for Excellence 2019

Apr 25, 2019

2019 Design Employee Excellence Awards

The College of Design proudly honored faculty and staff on April 23, 2019. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for all that you do to make the NC State College of Design a place of innovation and excellence. 

Darren Woodland with project

Apr 12, 2019

Designing for Social Awareness

Darren Woodland, a graduate student in Art + Design, is pushing interactive innovation to develop an experience that tells the story of the Catawba Indian and their loss of land rights. 

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Apr 4, 2019

A Winding Road to Design

Stephen Waddell [BAD '19] has taken a non-traditional path to design from computer science to innovative technologies. He made the best of his time at NC State and shares his successful journey to design. 

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Mar 25, 2019

Designing for Activism and Advocacy

Art + Design graduate student Saige Martin is exploring design activism and advocacy to challenge people's perceptions and to push beyond their comfort zones. 

Old Concord Road fencing CAT LYNX

Mar 7, 2019

The Nature of Public Art: Talent, Teamwork, and Time

Professor of Art + Design Chandra Cox spent 10-years designing and creating two light rail stations as part of Charlotte's CATS LYNX Blue Line (completed March 2018). 

Animation from Shelterin Sky

Feb 21, 2019

What Design Can Teach

Associate Professor of Art + Design Marc Russo is an innovative animator and storyteller. Learn about his current collaboration with 3-D animation to accompany a musical piece. 

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Nov 16, 2018

Seeing Possibilities

Losing her vision hasn't stopped Alyssa Padmos from creating her art - it has merely given her a new perspective on design.