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Studio Culture

Status: Finalized--Accepted as Policy on 05/01/2018
Originally Introduced on 01/02/2018
Owner: Cameron Campbell [cameronc@iastate.edu]

Design Culture Statement

Professional and respectful interaction is essential for a healthy and safe learning environment. The field of Design requires, at its core, a high level of student engagement and interactivity. The College of Design is a 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-per-week facility and our unique pedagogy and learning environments operate at all times of the day. Students participate in learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom, including studio education and immersive field study as well as labs, seminars and lectures. Students learn with a relatively small cohort of peers, and a diverse and rich culture of engagement is crucial for a successful educational experience. Diversity of cultures, backgrounds and ideas leads to rich educational discussion. Designers constantly consider multiple strategies and potential solutions to address complex issues. Decisions are made through a process of discussion and engagement including discourse, criticism, feedback and process.

 

Guiding Principles

We support design education that:

  • Allows everyone to participate
  • Respects and welcomes contrasting opinions and different perspectives
  • Explores, experiments, takes risks and does all this without impinging on others

 

We believe that in design education:

  • Diversity and engagement lead to success
  • Professional and respectful interaction is essential for a healthy and safe learning environment
  • Energy and intensity are required — engaging productively requires maintaining physical and psychological health
  • It is important to engage multiple perspectives, including ones that differ from the author or the status quo

 

Students, staff and faculty will:

  • Interact professionally
  • Be open to other ideas
  • Engage and encourage difference
  • Be curious and encourage risk
  • Not tolerate bullying, harassment, or disrespectful or dismissive behavior
  • Follow university policies and processes
  • Respect the facility and resources provided by the institution

 

The college administration will:

  • Support departments, faculty, staff and students who do not tolerate bullying, harassment, or disrespectful or dismissive behavior
  • Provide support to students, staff and faculty who are struggling with stress, emotional illness or other health concerns.

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