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Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design College of Arts and Sciences

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About AMID & The IU Center for Art + Design, Columbus

The faculty of the Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design department (AMID) believe designers have a profound impact on the quality of our lives and communities. Therefore, design must be approached with thoughtfulness and wisdom.  We offer our students, as well as other scholars and design professionals, an unusually forward-thinking view of what design is today, what it may become tomorrow, and how it affects our societies.  Our fundamental goal is to foster reflection, critical analysis, and informed judgment; however, we also strive to guide students in developing technical skills for designing spaces, products, services, and new business models.  Good design—which has the potential to improve the human condition, instill beauty into our lives, and solve real social problems—can only be accomplished by cultivating a life-long passion for learning and questioning.  We as a faculty are dedicated to modeling this ethic.

The overarching theme of AMID is design thinking within a liberal arts framework. In this context, design is both a science and art, and is centered on the creative act that seeks outcomes of invention, expression, and meaning. As such, design is inclusive and utilized among both non-professional and professional designers.

Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences for nearly 100 years, AMID is comprised of three degree objective areas: interior design studies (BS and MS), fashion design (BA and minor), and apparel merchandising (BS, MS, and minor). More than 400 majors and nearly 200 minors are enrolled in our degree programs, educated by 20 full-time and 5 adjunct faculty members. To salute AMID students for their academic excellence and service to the university community, our department awards nearly $70,000 in scholarships annually and inducts outstanding students into its honor society. Our location in the College of Arts and Sciences provides Phi Beta Kappa membership to the most distinguished student scholars among our majors.

With more than 24,000 pieces in its archives, the AMID department’s Sage Collection is among the nation's premier collections of historical and contemporary clothing, accessories and educational fashion resources.  Founded in 1937 by Elizabeth Sage, IU’s first professor of clothing and textiles, the Sage Collection today serves as a high-quality museum collection intended for exhibition and research, as well as a hands-on laboratory and studio for Indiana University fashion design and culture students.

The new IU Center for Art + Design in Columbus (IUCA+D) emerged as a unique partnership between IU-Bloomington and the Community Education Coalition of Columbus, Indiana. The idea to create a nationally and internationally recognized Center for Art and Design in the city of Columbus, Indiana, began in early 2010 with discussions held between IU President McRobbie and community members from the city of Columbus. The Center was opened in August of 2011 to students and classes from IUB, using the Center and its new faculty to explore the city of Columbus as a ‘living laboratory of design’, integrating the principles of design that link the varied areas in our department.

Columbus, Indiana, 35 miles east of Bloomington, is the cultural center of the Midwest. Notable artists, architects and designers associated with Columbus include: I. M. Pei, Dale Chihuly, Cesar Pelli, Eliel Saarinen, Henry Moore, Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, and Stephen Sprouse.  National Geographic Traveler ranked Columbus 11th out of 109 historic destinations worldwide. This remarkable city provides a superb laboratory of art and design in which IU-B students, Columbus residents, and visitors explore design thinking.

In Spring 2013 IUCA+D hosted the (d) design Symposium, in conjunction with the IU-B Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus MBA Program, and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, as an event to explore how to plan, create, shape and adapt innovation. The event featured panel discussions of leaders in design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship to investigate how design operates, why it matters, and the specific circumstances where it is being applied to create unique outcomes.

IUCA+D will sponsor its first international conference in Spring 2014. Creative Syncretism: The Early Architectural Works of Harry Weese/Columbus, IN, will shed new light on an important architect, Harry Weese, and his relationship with Eero Saarinen. Through conference sessions, an exhibition, and webinar, participants will explore the impact that Weese and Saarinen, in association with J. Irwin Miller, had on the development of modernism in Midwestern America and the now famous architectural mecca of Columbus, IN.

About Indiana University – Bloomington

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.

Education and research are the core missions of Indiana University. Our prestigious faculty members constantly strive to expand human knowledge, and they share what they learn with our talented students. In the process, IU has become a leading university in such diverse areas as music, business, the arts and humanities, the life sciences, law, library and information science, technology, education, journalism, nursing, and public affairs.

Founded in 1820, IU-Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. The Bloomington campus of Indiana University is home to approximately 32,500 undergraduate students and 10,200 graduate students, with a 19:1 student-faculty ratio. Bloomington has a population of about 80,000 and cultural resources and opportunities that rival cities many times its size. A thriving live music scene, coffeehouses, open-air organic markets, eclectic restaurants, more than 30 festivals, and picturesque scenery are just part of what makes Bloomington the rare gem of Indiana.