Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Design Educator Award Winner:
Dr. Robin Vande Zande
Pictures taken by: Donna Murray-Tiedge
Statement on Design Education
The visual arts, in relation to other academic areas, provide the best opportunity to study images, objects, spaces, and experiences. A comprehensive Visual Arts Program provides insight into similarities and differences between products and processes associated with crafts, fine arts, media arts, and design, all of which heighten meaning, value, function, and pleasure in our lives. Design education presents unique opportunities for learning and is an essential component of a comprehensive visual arts program. Design is the application of knowledge and skills to intentionally shape and create messages, things, places, and experiences that are useful, practical and aesthetic. Design education engages students in processes, products, histories, and critical sensibilities associated with design. Design education involves students in interdisciplinary problem-solving that draws upon the sciences and humanities to address both present and anticipated problems, questions, and issues.