by Abby

So What IS Interdisciplinary Design?

This is usually the first question I’m asked after I introduce myself- and rightfully so! Interdisciplinary Design is a unique major at Iowa State and I’d like to take a minute to briefly explain it.

According to the official catalog, The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design is “focused on educating students to use design and critical thinking skills to generate ideas, solve complex problems and be creative and innovative makers.” This means that all of the core studios and required classes are focused on collaboration and communication between people interested in a variety of design disciplines.

This is the perfect major if you want to go into a design discipline that isn’t already a major in the College of Design and is an especially good fit if you want to double major or minor! (I’m focusing on digital media and web design while minoring in technical communication, for example.) You get to take awesome studios and choose classes from the other design disciplines and classes outside of the College of Design. There’s also a big emphasis on entrepreneurship and preparation for working in a real business environment.

Another awesome thing about Interdisciplinary Design is that it doesn’t have to be a four-year program (unlike a BFA) which means if you’re transferring credits from another college (including PSEO or CIS credits) you could graduate in less than four years.

This is a super flexible and unique program that I am grateful to be a part of and I would definitely recommend checking it out. You can find more information here!

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