Imagine you're a student entering the College of Design. You're full of inspiration and enthusiasm, ready for new experiences and eager to share your creative ideas.
It can be difficult to focus on building your skills and sharing your creativity if you can't afford the materials and supplies needed by a first-year Design student. Students in our Core Design Program take a required studio — Design Studies 102 — and a required introductory drawing and visual communication course — Design Studies 131 — along with other classes that provide the foundation for success in their chosen majors.
In their first year of study, College of Design students focus on the design process and learning the skills needed to advance through their degree programs. We want them to be able to concentrate on their creativity and the quality of their work – not worry about how to pay for the materials needed to produce it.
The Design Closet was established to provide first-year students who cannot afford the additional cost of the required supplies with recycled and gently used materials donated by other students, staff and faculty. We're building on that initiative to grow the impact of the Design Closet. Subsidizing the cost of materials for Design Studies 102 and 131 can make a huge difference by lessening the financial burden so students can focus on creating their best work. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for this kind of support, and it is more important than ever to help our students succeed!
Design Studies 102
Students in the introductory design studio need a variety of materials for constructing different models and builds for their assignments. A $50 contribution will help us cover the cost of these basic materials for a student or a gift card to purchase them from the Design Store, a branch of the Iowa State University Book Store located on the second floor of the College of Design.
Design Studies 131
The general supply list for DSN 131 includes a portfolio case (to carry flat work in); supply caddy (to store and carry all the pens, pencils, erasers, etc.); sketchpad; sketchbook; cardboard; tracing paper; a variety of graphite, mechanical and colored pencils; multiple erasers; various pens and markers; charcoal sticks; watercolor palette, paints and brushes; masking and Scotch tape; X-acto knife, scissors and T-square. Each instructor provides a slightly different list tailored to their own studio section. While many of these materials can be reused by students after the first year, they represent a significant initial investment. A $75 contribution will allow us to provide a student with an introductory supply kit for this class, or a Design Store gift card to purchase the specific supplies required for their individual studio.
As our students advance through their degree programs, they seek opportunities to participate in conferences, design competitions, internships and other professional development experiences. Financial barriers can make it difficult for some students to take advantage of these opportunities. Your support at the $100 level will provide funds for students to develop their professional portfolios and submit their work to exhibitions and competitions. A $200 contribution will help us fund conference and workshop registration fees (and travel, when these activities resume in person post-COVID) for students to gain valuable knowledge and networking opportunities.
Our goal is to make Design accessible for every student. We hope one day to be able to provide a basic kit of supplies to every first-year College of Design student, and professional development funds for advanced students to participate in activities that help make them more competitive in the job market. With your support, we can!