The programs are populated by students and faculty who have a record of success. Interior Design students have won east regional awards in the annual Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Student Competition for three consecutive years in competition with students from schools in New Jersey and Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, DC, as well as Toronto and Quebec. Interior Design students have won additional awards at both the state and national levels. Digital Design students have won the cover design competition for the Annual New Jersey VALE (Virtual Academic Library Environment) User’s Conference for the last three years. They have also been selected as part of the competitive SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer Program, and participate in the largest annual international conference for computer graphics and interactive media. Princeton Review cited NJIT as having one of the top undergraduate programs in which to study video game design in 2012. Industrial Design students have work exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City and a number of them have had work exhibited at private galleries in the area. Faculty and students have already procured provisional patents for work created at NJIT. Five different Art + Design students (three from Industrial Design, two from Interior Design) exhibited/presented sustainable innovative work at the first two Earth Day Education Fairs in New York City. At the same time, award-winning faculty who are active and engaged professionally – and who work with these students – have introduced new products to market, created spaces featured in magazines and on television, exhibited artwork in galleries, curated international exhibitions, won furniture design and photography competitions, received awards for teaching, are active in a host of professional and academic associations, and have published and presented articles in significant journals and at international conferences where they participate in advancement of design fields. Their accomplishments can be seen in the newsletters found online at http://design.njit.edu/news/index.php. Together the students and faculty form a community of designers and scholars who work towards positive change for our local and global environments.
Founded in 2008, the School of Art + Design joined with the New Jersey School of Architecture to form the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The new School absorbed the two-year old Industrial Design program and added three new programs: Fine Arts, Digital Design, and Interior Design. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design was first awarded at NJIT in 2010. The first full class of the School of Art + Design had its graduates in 2012. In just a few years the school has grown to more than 200 undergraduates along with additional students from Information Technology and the School of Management who take electives and foundation level classes within the school, as well as an increasing number of Architecture students who choose to take a variety of design elective courses offered by the School of Art + Design. With a vibrant assemblage of design disciplines, and opportunities for expression, research, and independent study, the School of Art + Design provides an exciting environment in which to design, invent, and create.