DESIGN LEARNING COMMUNITIES
All first-year (core) design students participate in one of our two learning communities: the year-long, residential Design Exchange or the one-semester, non-residential Design Collaborative. They help you connect with other students new to the College of Design and develop friendships with people who share and understand your experiences.
Both are accompanied by a required orientation seminar course to help you:
The Design Exchange is a year-long, residential community housed in Friley and Linden Halls. An upper-class design student, who serves as a mentor, lives on the same floor to answer your questions, and you can work in a studio space designated for Design Exchange participants. Each February, students in this learning community travel to Minneapolis to visit design firms, art museums and the Mall of America. Throughout the year, you may take part in academic and social activities arranged by a peer mentor as well as workshops geared toward helping you with the application process to the college's degree programs.
The Design Collaborative is a one-semester, non-residential community required for all first-year students who are not enrolled in the Design Exchange. It allows you to connect with peers and faculty members, expand your knowledge of the various majors in the College of Design, and enhance the skills you’ll need to succeed as a design student.
Find Out More
For more information on either of these learning communities, including how to sign up, contact Malinda Cooper, Learning Communities Coordinator, (515) 294-3680, firstname.lastname@example.org.