Industrial Design Program Expands to Match Growth

by Jenni Hodges, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s industrial and innovative design (IID) program will expand its program by increasing learning space, purchasing new equipment, and adding staff for its Columbus-based program. The expansion will begin in May.

When classes finish in May, construction on the ICC facilities in Columbus will add nearly 1,000 square feet of studio space. The project will also create a dedicated model shop for full scale models of products and structures like retail display systems, home appliances and automobiles. Stevenson said the expansion will also provide space for the necessary tools, and students will receive guidance from industry professionals for their projects.

In addition to expanding the studios, Terry Chamberlain, chair of Cedarville University’s Department of Art, Design and Theatre, and Jim Stevenson, president of the International Center for Creativity (ICC) said they are in the process of hiring new instructors to teach the growing number of IID students. Next year, 30 juniors and seniors will study at the ICC, which began in 2010.

Bill Mowry, the spiritual director,  joined the ICC staff this year and now supports a professional ethics course, mentors students and organizes Bible studies and community ministries. Mowry is also an international trainer for the Navigators.

Cedarville’s partnership with the ICC and the IID program has grown rapidly. The major currently includes four study tracks: consumer product design, transportation design, exterior space design and interior space design. Students spend their first two years on Cedarville’s campus, and then gain real-world experience at the ICC studios.

Three students graduated from the program in 2012. Laura Backer is a industrial design consultant with Priority Designs in Columbus, and Mark Taylor is a freelance designer in Virginia. Gabe Pyle has been hired as the ICC program coordinator and will begin graduate studies in the fall.

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