NORTHFIELD, Vt. ­— Norwich University officials announced a new Bachelor of Science in Design Arts major beginning Fall 2020. The degree program falls within the School of Architecture + Art in the College of Professional Schools, which houses the Design+Build Collaborative.

Norwich students in the Bachelor of Science in Design Arts major will choose a specialization such as stone, masonry, or metal; test their knowledge through research; and apply their learning in internships with business and industry partners. That experiential approach to education prepares Norwich graduates with career-ready skills.

The new Design Arts program was developed for students who are curious, artistic and want to develop their talents for practical solutions. It nurtures critical thinking, includes partnerships with nearby industries and expands Norwich’s offerings to create a new undergraduate degree that unifies art, craft and technology with a pragmatic approach to integrating theory and application. Contemporary design production blends traditional arts with modern technical expertise, such as computation and computer numeric control machinery.

“This new program educates the next generation of artisans who will be combining highly cultivated artistic skills along with enough technical knowledge and business acumen to lead and succeed in what is now a much more technically demanding practice than before.” Aron Temkin, dean, Norwich University College of Professional Schools

“This new program educates the next generation of artisans who will be combining highly cultivated artistic skills along with enough technical knowledge and business acumen to lead and succeed in what is now a much more technically demanding practice than before,” College of Professional Schools Dean Aron Temkin said.

This program is designed to partner with the Vermont Granite Museum’s Stone Arts School, its instructors and facilities, its partnerships with local high schools, and to build upon its international reputation for coursework.

The Vermont Granite Museum is in Barre, the self-proclaimed “Granite Center of the World” since the 1920s. For over 150 years, designers and sculptors have come to Barre from Europe and North America to work in the granite industry. Norwich University's Bachelor of Science in Design Arts will build upon that legacy and promote the craft of stone arts, which is so unique to this region.

“The BS in Design Arts is an exciting venture that brings together Norwich University’s scholars with their exceptional skills and high tech tools and the Vermont Granite Museum’s sculptors with their world-class artistic talents and historical knowledge in the stone arts,” said Dr. Scott A. McLaughlin, the Vermont Granite Museum of Barre’s executive director. “We hope to see the graduates of this program create a renaissance in America’s stone arts as they merge the new and old tools and ideas.”

The program was first conceived of by Kevin Fleming, a Norwich University Psychology professor and president of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fleming saw an opportunity to matchmake with the Vermont Granite Museum and to create a pathway to a concentration in art education for his Psychology students, noting a natural cross-discipline opportunity.

A majority of the course credit is in the creation and study of art and design. It includes all general education requirements, nine hours of personal finance/business, plus a senior capstone and an internship or apprenticeship. A semester abroad in CityLAB:Berlin is included junior year.

As the only university in northern New England to offer integrated professionally accredited programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Construction and Nursing, Norwich’s Design+Build Collaborative calls on students to “act as well as conceive” and create solutions for local, regional, and global challenges. For over 20 years, Norwich students have been addressing Vermont community needs through the construction of full-scale projects. Building on the seven different affordable housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative not only continues to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also organizes and coordinates related research and programs between the schools that make up the College of Professional Schools and partners with community organizations. Norwich University announced in February 2019 a $200,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, to fund the development of a collaborative in the College of Professional Schools dedicated to producing affordable homes.

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