AMES, Iowa — A new agreement between the Iowa State University College of Design and Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Sioux City, will make it easier for students to complete a bachelor’s degree at Iowa State.

Through the articulation agreement, students can take classes in the College of Design’s first-year Core Design Program at the ISU Design West facility, 1014½ Design Place, Sioux City, and complete general education requirements at Western Iowa Tech. Students can then apply to the College of Design’s professional degree programs after a minimum of one year of coursework or upon completion of an Associate in Arts in General Studies or Associate in Arts in Art and Design degree at WITCC.

The College of Design begin offering its Core courses at Design West in fall 2017. Design Studies 102: Design Studio and Design Studies 131: Design Representation (a spring-semester introductory drawing course) will be taught on site by Iowa State faculty members. Two other Core program classes — Design Studies 183: Design Cultures and Design Studies 115: Design Collaborative Seminar — will be offered via distance education.

Students who participate in the new transfer program will have a clearly defined plan that guides the first year, or the first two years of their undergraduate study if they choose to complete an AA degree at WITCC prior to transferring to Iowa State. This opportunity makes it easier for students to complete an Iowa State degree while minimizing the time required to be in Ames.

The decision to offer Core Design Program classes at ISU Design West is the result of interaction between the ISU College of Design and the Northwest Iowa Regents Resource Center, a collaboration of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and the two community colleges in northwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) in Sheldon and WITCC.

The ISU College of Design also has agreements with NCC and WITCC that allow students who receive associate’s degrees from those community colleges to complete Bachelor of Science degrees in Community and Regional Planning within two years after transfer to Iowa State.


Steve Warnstadt, Northwest Iowa Regents Resource Center, (712) 274-8733, ext. 1305, steve.warnstadt@witcc.edu
Cameron Campbell, Design Administration, cameronc@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289, hsauer@iastate.edu