Design Boot Camps for Engineering and Technology
Richard Fry, IDSA, Paul Skaggs, IDSA, and Bryan Howell, IDSA, Brigham Young University
In 1998, the industrial design program at Brigham Young University left the College of Fine Arts and Communications and moved to the then newly formed School of Technology in the College of Engineering. The assumption was that the ID program would be able to transfer itself from the old environment (Fine Arts College) to the new one (School of Technology) with relatively few changes.
One of the major reasons for the move was to strengthen existing collaborative relationships, and find new opportunities for growth in a culture that shared the idea of strong industry connection and involvement. A relationship with the College of Engineering existed prior to the move with the participation of ID students in the interdisciplinary capstone program—a combined effort between industrial design, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing. After moving to the College of Engineering and Technology, rather than strengthening and expanding opportunities for collaboration, the reverse actually happened as the ID program adjusted to the new culture.
In the College of Fine Arts, there were subtle cultural influences that produced an expectation of expression and exploration in the ID students. After the move to the College of Engineering the foundational influences were more focused on methods of delivery and outcomes.