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School of Design

Design Exploration Concentration

Explore your options in the design field.

Students studying

Your interest in design is the perfect starting point. By the end of your first year, you’ll be ready to select from one of our exciting Design School majors.

Preparation for the real world.

Students in the Design Exploration program spend their first year in art and design foundation courses, while they explore our various Design School majors. We provide a number of resources to support our students in this process. All incoming college freshmen at Mount Ida College are assigned a Success Coach, who acts as a personal advisor during your first year. Our Career Services office provides career counseling. Your first-year course of study in the School of Design exposes you to a variety of potential academic and career tracks. And our entire community of faculty, staff, and students serve as support for you at our small, private college, which offers over 30 different areas of study across four Schools. By the end of your first year, you are positioned to select from one of our Design School majors to complete your studies.

For details about the curriculum, the complete course listing, specific program requirements and expected learning outcomes please refer to the Design Exploration Concentration program in our College Catalog.

Program Requirements - 30 credits in the first year, designed to provide art foundation and exploration of design careers.

  • 15 credits- First Semester
  • 15 credits- Second Semester
  • Choose a major to complete- Third Semester

Here are some of the core courses you may be taking:

  • GD 113- Digital Trio
  • AR 102- Basic Drawing Skills
  • AR 112- Two- and Three-Dimensional Design
  • GD 101- Design Solutions I
  • IM 101- Contemporary Front End Application Design and Implementation

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Here to teach, guide, cultivate and inspire.

As well-respected in their industries as they are in the classroom, Mount Ida’s instructors will expand your practical knowledge, challenge your thinking, and empower you to reach your potential.

To learn more about our faculty, please visit the School of Design faculty directory.

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Faculty Spotlight

Owen Leach

Program Coordinator Game Art Assistant Professor

Students in Professor Leach’s classes go through the game development and publishing process from scratch, ending in a game that is published in the Google game store. “We treat our project like a business and see it through to the end. ” And he is well versed in that business as the Designer/Producer and Programmer for “Ballistick ” a game that harkens back to the old days of stick figure animation. Leach combines his real world experience with academics. He ...

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Life after Graduation.

Student in the Design Exploration program sample from a number of different areas of study in the School of Design during their first year. By the end of their first year, they select a major to transfer into, all of which have promising career prospects.

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

Admissions

We assign every prospective student a dedicated admissions counselor to guide them along every step of the applications process. Our no-fee applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there’s no better time to apply. Learn more about the process in our Admissions & Aid section.

Tuition Fees and Aid

Tuition:

Resident Students, 2017-2018 tuition, fees, room & board (before aid is deducted) is $49,400.

Commuter Students, 2017-2018 tuition and fees (before aid is deducted) is $35,720.

Additional information regarding the breakdown of direct, indirect costs and program fees can be found by viewing the 2017-18 Billing Guide.

*Students enrolling in the Veterinary Technology, Design and Dental Programs (excluding Pre Dental Hygiene and Degree completion) should add $1,700 for expected program expenses.

Aid:
As part of our commitment to making college affordable, Mount Ida College has increased the aid we award from $12 million in 2012 to over $20 million in 2017. All new students entering in Fall 2018 are expected to receive some type of merit award, with most awards anticipated to be between $15,000 – $27,000 per year – and that’s before we award need-based aid. Visit here for more details about other costs and financial aid.

98%

of Mount Ida students 
receive some form of financial aid

Life at Mount Ida

A desire to succeed defines us. An undeniable spirit unites us. Mount Ida is a diverse yet tight-knit community where passion is the norm and determination is contagious. Discover why our students are proud to call this campus home.

The work we do as artists is often hard and challenging, but is also creative and fun with the right mindset. That’s the sort of attitude I try to foster the classroom.
Eric Hunn

Department Chair

Game Art & Animation in the School of Design