Bachelor's Degree in Integrated Design

Design impacts all of us every day. Whether at work or play, connecting to others or seeking solitude, the effect of design is inescapable.

The integrated studio consists of 3 spaces:

  • Drafting tables for developing ideas.
  • Prototype studios where students build mini versions of their ideas.
  • Wood shop with all of the equipment that students need to actualize their prototypes.

Clubs & Organizations – Integrated Design

AIGA – The Professional Association for Design

As the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, “AIGA brings design to the world, and the world to designers.” From design fans to the profession’s leading practitioners, AIGA members come from all backgrounds, all fields, and all levels of experience—from all around the world.

Scholarships – Bachelor’s in Integrated Design

Scholarship Opportunities

Program Policy – Integrated Design Degree

For the ISAD cross-concentration degree, a student chooses two pre-existing concentrations and combines them to create an individualized learning experience. The cross-concentration degree is offered under the special circumstances listed below:

  • A grade point average in Art & Design classes of 3.5 or higher.
  • A letter of intent from the student to the dean explaining the desire and rationale for a cross-concentration degree.
  • The curriculum for the combination of two concentrations will be evaluated by the respective faculty members on a case-by-case basis.

Study Abroad Opportunities – Integrated Design Programs

Art & Design students considering study abroad opportunities must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and apply to and make arrangements with the dean of the International School of Art & Design. Students are encouraged to study at least one year of the Finnish language (or language of destination country) prior to departure.

CCSA – Cooperative Center for Study Abroad
The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad is a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities, which jointly offers study abroad programs in English-speaking regions. A not-for-profit organization, CCSA is headquartered at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Participants can receive higher education credit (undergraduate or graduate) for successfully completing the CCSA program in which they are enrolled. Classes are taught by faculty from consortium member schools.

Today, CCSA offers programs on five continents, sending at least five hundred students and faculty abroad each year. Course offerings have also grown extensively to include subjects as different as marine biology and fashion design, watercolor painting and nursing, in addition to regular offerings in theatre, business, psychology, english, history, and political science.

International Partners

  • Kuopio Academy of Design/Savonia University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Art & Design Helsinki – UIAH
  • University of Lapland
  • HAMK – University of Applied Sciences

International Study Programs International Admissions (906) 487-7208 | international@finlandia.edu.

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Meet Jordan Seigler

Jordan L. Siegler graduated with honors from Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design with a degree in sustainable design. His career began with Upper Peninsula Marketing Department Inc., where he supported the marketing, branding, and business development efforts of his clients. In 2012 he moved to Madison, Wisconsin after accepting a job with Healthgrades advising hospital’s evidence-based marketing and quality improvement measures. His interest in and passion for the arts, community, education, and philanthropy motivated his transition to Wisconsin Public Television as Corporate & Community Development Representative in early 2015. Here he’s focused on building marketing and philanthropic partnerships with businesses and organizations that share in WPT’s and PBS’ mission to educate, entertain, and inspire.

In the community, Jordan serves as Board President for The ArtWrite Collective, Director-at-Large on Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Volunteers Board, reviews artist grant proposals for Dane Arts, acts as an arts content facilitator for Our Lives Magazine, and is a member of MMoCA, Downtown Madison Inc., O.P.E.N. Madison, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. In addition to his profession and formal volunteerism, he has taught youth arts camp, curated and displayed artworks in solo and group exhibitions, and is committed to furthering the arts as an integral share of a successful community. To contact Jordan, email jordan.siegler@wpt.org.

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What you will learn

Finlandia University Integrated Designers use the skills and creativity of product design, interior architecture and sustainable systems to engage form and function, health and safety, and harmony with the Earth. They specialize at being non-specialists. They are adaptable, flexible and at ease crossing professional boundaries to solve real problems for real people.

Sustainable design is an exciting call for change. Many of the problems humanity faces in the 21st Century are the legacy of industrial-age thinking. Design is moving on. What we need most now are creative responses to the challenges of sustaining human life in harmony with Earth.

The bachelor's degree in integrated design program at Finlandia offers young designers a new context with revolutionary design strategies, preparing the next generations of designers to operate in a period of accelerating change and unpredictability. They will be able to cross disciplines, forge diverse collaborations.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Solve design challenges of the form and function in architectural interior spaces and the design of the products used by people.
  • View these design challenges with the holistic perspective of the non-specialist and apply sustainable systems design that adapts to the earth’s natural cycles and systems.
  • Apply the creative problem solving processes to any design-related issues in the built-environment that complement a bioregional sense of place.
  • Apply principles of sustainability with the highest ethical standards in addressing social and ecological impacts.
  • Combine the wisdom of nature with ecologically sensitive technology and to be empowered by design seen as a meta-discipline integrating human activity with that of other life forms.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Sustainable Design Systems
    Introduces students to an evolving array of alternative design systems that are based on a philosophical paradigm shift toward Earth-awareness and environmental stewardship. Also contains a design studio component in which students select a specific sustainable design system and use it to address a particular design problem. Available fall semesters.
  • Technical Aspects of Materials
    Students gain ‘hands-on’ experience with a wide range of materials, discover inherent characteristics of materials, and learn the processes used to produce and form them. New materials generated in response to concerns about conservation, renewable and reusable resources, recyclability, product life cycle analysis, and associated environmental impacts are explored. Available spring semesters. *One cross-concentration Technical Aspect course may be substituted.
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
    Students study the interface between humans and the built environment. Course work includes the study of anthropometrics, ergonomics, proxemics, human sensory, and psychological response in relation to human-made objects and environments. Also explored are ADA specifications and regulations, and the principles of universal design and sustainable design. Available fall semesters.

Career Opportunities

Architectural Interior Design, Exhibit Display Design, Furniture and Furniture Systems Design, Green Building Consultant, Human Factors Research, Product Design, Sustainable Systems Design, Toy and Game Design, Transportation Design
Denise VandevilleDean, International School of Art & Design Associate Professor, Ceramic DesignFinlandia Universitydenise.vandeville@finlandia.edu906-487-7379
Lisa BroemerAdministrative Assistant, International School of Art & Design (ISAD)Finlandia Universitylisa.broemer@finlandia.edu906-487-7225

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