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Creating New Identities in Design Education

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An international education opportunity has been created for design students at West Virginia University. This experience is unique because it takes an interdisciplinary approach to design that exposes students to the idea of a larger design methodology common to design professions. Students take core courses with students from a variety of design fields, including interior design, fashion design, fashion merchandising, landscape architecture, art, and graphic design. Through this interaction, students gain an understanding of the interrelationships among design fields, learn to appreciate new perspectives, and begin to appreciate the place of their field as part of the design community as a whole.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Art History from Rutgers University and an MFA in Interior Design from Florida State University. 2: History of Landscape Architecture and Design Studio at West Virginia University. 3: Professor and Chair of the Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising programme at WVU.

Publication date: October 1, 2007


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