Celebrating the Industrial and Innovative Design Program

by Public Relations

On September 22, a dedication and open house ceremony was held in honor of the partnership between Cedarville University’s Industrial and Innovative Design (IID) major and the International Center for Creativity (ICC). Faculty, staff, alumni and current IID students celebrated this opportunity at the ICC campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Cedarville’s IID major gives students the opportunity to spend two of their four years at ICC. For the first half of their undergraduate program, students will take courses on campus at Cedarville and the second half of the program will be spent in Columbus at ICC.

Among evangelical Christian universities in the United States, Cedarville is the only school with an industrial design program. The curriculum provides an in-depth approach to interior space design, exterior space design, product design and transportation design.

Steven Winteregg, D.M.A., associate academic vice president of the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, described how IID “allows us to add 3-D design to our already successful 2-D graphic design program. This allows students with God-given artistic talents to apply those talents toward a meaningful and satisfying career.”

“[ICC] provides integration opportunities with working professionals both in and outside of the studio,” says Jim Stevenson, chief marketing officer at ICC.

“IID is where I was meant to be, and looking back over the past four years I can see all that God has done to bring me to where I am today,” says senior IID major Gabriel Pyle.

Pyle gives a very clear definition of what the IID program entails.

“Simply put, if you don't find it in nature, it was designed.”

Spending the latter two years of the undergraduate program off campus allows students to experience a normal work day in a design studio.

“The program really seeks to parallel what the 'real working industrial design studio’ will be like,” says senior IID major Laura Backer.

Students take one course at a time, allowing them to focus completely on the projects for the class, giving them a firm grasp on the information they learn.

ICC partners with companies like Honda, Ford, GM, Target, Procter & Gamble and Whirlpool. Students will have a hands-on experience at ICC, putting their knowledge to the test. They can choose between four areas of study; consumer product design, transportation design, interior space design, and architectural and exterior space design.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.