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Opened Fall 2013

A New Way of Learning Art and Design

After a six million dollar rehab project and the creation of new programs and courses, the Art and Design Department (A+D) has a new approach to teaching and space that reflects this approach. In fall 2013, 40,000 sq. ft. of new classroom and fabrication facilities have opened alongside new curricula in Foundations, Visual Design Studies, Advertising Art Direction, Illustration, and Fine Art. Along with our earlier construction projects, like the Efroymson Resource Center, our new printmaking shops, and our state of the art computer labs and a digital print center.

In fall 2009, Columbia College Chicago’s Office of Campus Environment, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Art and Design Department, in conjunction with the global design firm Gensler (www.gensler.com), began planning the redesign of nearly one-third of our teaching facilities in the 623 S. Wabash building. At the same time, faculty and staff members in A+D began re-visioning several of our key curricular programs. Courses such as integrated studios, module intensives, practicums and visual culture seminars will be particularly served by these spaces, and a new emphasis on concept and problem solving – over incremental learning – will change the nature of both individual and collaborative production.

These initiatives represent collaboration between architects, designers, administrators, faculty, staff, and students. These complementary and synergistic projects incorporate some of the most innovative and progressive approaches in visual arts and design education today. To be able to revision both programmatic and architectural structures simultaneously has been a unique opportunity that will have a tremendous impact on our teaching and in our students’ lives.