Department of School of Art and Design

Mission

The programs in the School of Art + Design at NJIT are committed to providing students with the academic and educational opportunities needed to prepare for diverse and complex disciplines with the skills, knowledge, and proficiencies necessary for personal development, professional employment and/or graduate study. It is the mission of all programs to develop skills in students that facilitate the lifelong learning that is a prerequisite of success for all professionals in the 21st century. Each individual program shares its mission of fostering support for creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary study with the other programs within the School of Art + Design. Moreover, since the Art + Design programs are housed in a research university, there is the mission and expectation that all members of the academic community participate in the generation of “new knowledge” that furthers the development of each discipline. And, as the programs exist within the context of a public university, there is an explicit goal to cultivate a cooperative spirit among students and faculty to participate in, and contribute to, academic and professional communities, as well as to society-at-large in a global context.

Finally, it is the mission of all programs in the School of Art + Design to instill in all members of the academic community an appreciation for the value of the visual environment in the broadest sense, and the desire (and skills) to participate in its creation and development.


Digital Design

The Digital Design program is concerned with the study of design in the world of information technology and digital media. The fields of entertainment, marketing and advertising are increasingly saturated with digital interfaces between producer and consumer. The study of these interfaces and how to implement creative design solutions to the challenges they raise is a discipline-specific mission of the program. From animation and post-production to physical computer interfaces and interactive techniques to web and game design, the field is rich with evolution and innovation. The program embraces the challenge of pioneering new technologies, innovating techniques, and challenging the methods of creative decision-making in the still developing discipline.

Through familiarity with both established and emerging digital tools and learning the associated theories, students will develop a unique point of view. Through analysis of existing precedents and through contact with practicing professionals, students will be informed by and critique the existing design culture of the discipline. By the end of their studies at NJIT students are expected to be positioned to employ consistent design methodologies to a wide variety of projects and media.

Ultimately, this program leads to the formation of individuals with the requisite skills and theoretical understanding needed to create significant digital artifacts across a range of mediums.


Interior Design

It is the mission of the Interior Design program to provide the opportunity for students to become prepared to participate in the development and implementation of creative solutions for the design and development of the interior environment in which all people exist and function. Towards this end, the program offers coursework that synthesizes design history and theory, structural and technical systems, legal, ethical, and economic frameworks of professional practice with the social, cultural, and environmental context of the built environment. It is equally committed to developing the graphic, written, and verbal skills necessary for students to communicate their ideas.

Recognizing that digital technologies have profoundly changed, and are continually altering the landscape of, the processes and products of the design professions, the program is fully committed to providing students the opportunity to become proficient with the use of information technology and digital media demanded of professionals. Furthermore, it is the mission of the program to prepare students to deal with interior design in the context of the architectural and engineering environments in which their anticipated projects reside. As such, the program combines instruction and prepares students to work in traditional areas of surface design, furnishings, and finishes; while at the same time gives instruction in technical areas that include lighting, acoustics, basic structural systems, HVAC, and more.

Paramount, and a primary mission of the program, is the preparation of students to work in maintaining the health, safety and welfare of the public by understanding and adhering to building and life safety codes, having an awareness of ergonomics, universal design, and ADA requirements, and becoming knowledgeable about environmentally responsible building practices and materials.


Industrial Design

The Industrial Design Program at NJIT engages the act of “making” within a critical and contemporary context by exploiting the possibilities of technology, addressing the needs of the 21st century, and inspiring the tools of tomorrow. The program’s mission is to harness the optimism, entrepreneurialism and innovation of students and faculty alike as well as the institutional commitment to research and public service in preparation of a new generation of designers. The program provides educational opportunities by fully immersing students in current generation use of digital tools and technologies while, at the same time, pursuing a progressive human-centered, interdisciplinary design approach around economic, social and environmental responsibility.

The expectations on the industrial designer today are far more demanding than ever in its history. While traditionally industrial designers were expected (only) to fill the role of aesthetic specialist, today’s designers have blurred the boundaries between industries, disciplines, and methods needed to address contemporary design issues. The contemporary industrial designer has, of necessity, become a generalist more deeply imbedded in business, social engineering, research, material science, manufacturing and environmentalism than previously. The mission of this program is, in part, to address the educational needs of the new design generalist by engaging students in a manner that allows them to understand and expand the role the designer must play and to include opportunities to gain some of the skills and attributes of: an optimist who sees opportunities where others see problems; a creative thinker with a wide knowledge base and skill set; an artist who explores aesthetics through form, color, texture and materiality; an engineer who addresses performance by harnessing innovative materials and technologies, incorporating ergonomics and optimizing manufacturing techniques; an anthropologist who investigates human socio-cultural behavior and conducts ethnographic research; an entrepreneur who observes market trends, exploits innovation and protects intellectual property; a manufacturer who streamlines production and increases profit; an environmentalist who assumes responsibility for production, use and dispose of the objects he creates.