Term of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Onyile Bassey Onyile

Committee Member 1

Patricia W. Carter

Committee Member 2

Santanu Majumdar


A university campus is comprised of countless students enrolled in an array of degree programs that logistically creates a diverse population that can and should culminate into a dynamic professional network for graduates. How can higher education capitalize on this melting pot to provide experiences for students and fuse this network? A place, where students collectively solve problems by applying knowledge from their degree-specific areas, will foster interdisciplinary collaboration. By requiring working-relationships between students that benefit their community, a design center will provide students with experiences across disciplines that mirror a real-world, collaborative work environment while they identify opportunities and solve a professional caliber graphic design solutions for their portfolio.

The benefits of an interdisciplinary design center are numerous. For a generation of students who value service learning and embrace the concept of ‘working for the greater good,’ these students crave to realize their possible impact in their local and global communities and will thrive in such an experience. Pre-professional students who participate in the design center will develop necessary skills in leadership; gain a greater understanding of their transferrable skills, and cultivate a network of individuals and references for their professional career.

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