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NJIT Creates College of Architecture and Design, also a School of Art + Design

Leave it to the architects who always want to redesign something. This time, it’s the entire New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT reinvented with a new name: College of Architecture and Design (CAD).  Within the College another new entity will reside-- School of Art + Design (SA+D).

Art? Design? Don’t most people associate NJIT with science and technology?  

Well, not anymore. Just ask Ida Torres, an aspiring interior designer, who transferred from Rutgers University-Newark to number among the 45 inaugural freshmen. 

“I love it here, ” exclaimed the Jersey City resident. “The minute I walked up the ramp to tour the facilities, I knew that this is where my life is going to change. This program is much more career-oriented than my previous studies. Every professor is teaching from real-world experience, and that makes an impact on a student. And the good news is, if you like what you hear, there’s a good chance you’re going to love who you become.”

Glenn Goldman, professor and director of the new school, pointed out that the first class has drawn an interesting mix of students. “In addition to first-time freshmen,” he said, “we have transfers from both community colleges and four-year colleges, plus internal transfers from architecture and engineering. We now have a place at NJIT for creative designers who don’t want to be architects.”

All SA+D students take a common foundation year that emphasizes graphic design, digital design, color theory and art history. After the first year, students pursue their chosen major. Three degree programs are currently available.

The Bachelor of Science in industrial design focuses on developing new products for living by addressing style, function, quality and safety of manufactured goods.

The Bachelor of Arts in digital design features concentrations in entertainment, and interactive media and production.  The program gives students the chance to develop skills in graphic design, creating virtual environments, set design for games and movies, advertising and marketing, exhibit design, and animation and special effects creation.

The Bachelor of Arts in interior design teaches design and how to rehabilitate interior spaces and facilities with an understanding of spatial organization, user needs, building systems, lighting design, sustainability and aesthetics.

A fourth degree, an innovative Bachelor of Fine Arts, is pending approval.

Urs Gauchat, dean of the College of Architecture and Design, said that the new school is a natural next step for the College, because the architecture program has engendered the “creative energy, design expertise and technological competence” to support the new design programs. He said the new emphasis on arts and design is also an important new direction for NJIT.

“NJIT aspires to be a more comprehensive public university. You can’t do that on technical programs alone,” he said. “And design is increasingly important in today’s marketplace, often the sole distinguishing characteristic that decides the success of a product. Design is the key to reinvigorating manufacturing in the United States.”

Goldman said that the new school benefits from a combination of factors that make its programs uniquely appealing — expertise in digital design, synergy with the School of Architecture, and ties to a technological university.

Contact Sasha Corchado (corchado@njit.edu) 973-642-4983 for my information.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.