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 two new programs: 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 the College of Computing Sciences and the Newark College of Engineering at NJIT 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. Additional collaborative opportunities have been established with the Theatre Arts & Technology program in the College of Science and Liberal Arts at NJIT. With a vibrant assemblage of design disciplines, and opportunities for expression, innovative research, and independent study, the School of Art + Design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), provides an exciting environment in which to design, invent, and create.
The programs are populated by students and faculty who have a record of success. Interior Design students won regional awards in the annual Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Student Competition 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 four times. They also are regularly 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. The CIDA-accredited Interior Design program is ranked as a top national program by Design Intelligence magazine based on a survey of firms employing designers. 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, students, and recent alumni have procured provisional patents for work created at NJIT and successfully brought new products to market in entrepreneurial start-up campaigns.
Art + Design students exhibited/presented sustainable innovative work at Earth Day Education Fairs in New York City. An Industrial Design student had her work cited as one of the “best in show” at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, and A+D students and faculty have had work competitively selected and exhibited for four consecutive years at NYCxDesign. Digital Design students regularly have work selected for display in international curated exhibitions and screening at animation festivals. 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, work on cutting-edge funded research projects in the pursuit of new knowledge, 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 here. Together the students and faculty form a community of designers and scholars who work towards positive change for our local and global environments.