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International School of Art & Design

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Finlandia University’s International School of Art and Design (ISAD) balances experiences in critical thinking and creative insight with a strong foundation in liberal studies. We emphasize the convergence of technical skill and conceptual innovation.

The program prepares graduates for emerging opportunities in both professional practice and graduate studies, by providing foundations in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and business practices in art and design.

LEARNING OUTCOMES – ISAD

  1. Communication: Communicate of the Elements & Principles of Design within selected medium.
  2. Analytical and Critical Thinking/Creative Insight: Integrate knowledge of basic business practices as they relate to entrepreneurial ventures, exhibition opportunities, and professional presentation & portfolio development.
  3. Analytical and Critical Thinking/Global Perspective: Resource the relevance of history, theory, and criticism, using perspectives and scholarship drawn from the students’ major field and at least one other field.
  4. Personal Perspective/Global Perspective: Measure decisions involving social, environmental, and ethical issues concerning the production and consumption of Art & Design.
  5. Creative Insight:  Assess the possibilities and limitations of materials and processes, including the potential and current uses of existing and developing materials, technologies, and production methods.
  6. Personal Perspective:  Support an attitude of curiosity, determination, and reflection that will persist beyond graduation.

Occupational Outlook

Below is information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations, adding about 33,700 new jobs. More workers will be needed to meet the growing demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television, and on smartphones, as well as to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and other media platforms. Other arts and design workers are employed in industries that are projected to decline, however, including publishing, manufacturing, and floral shops.

The median annual wage for arts and design occupations was $45,250 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

Learn more about the career out look for art and design occupations at bls.gov.

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Barb HardyAdjunct Design InstructorFinlandia Universitybarb.hardy@finlandia.edu
Dr. Cassandra Hill
Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.Dean (Suomi College of Arts & Sciences/International School of Art & Design)Finlandia UniversityCassandra.Hill@finlandia.edu(906) 487-7283
Fredi de YampertVice President for Academic Affairs; Dean, College of Health SciencesFinlandia Universityfredi.deyampert@finlandia.edu906-487-7301
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Gini GeslerAdjunct Instructor Fiber and Fashion DesignFinlandia Universitygini.gesler@finlandia.edu906-370-3604
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Lindsey HeidenVisiting Assistant Professor, International School of Art & DesignFinlandia Universitylindsey.heiden@finlandia.edu
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LEVI GRANNISCTE/Graphic Design InstructorFinlandia UniversityLevi.Grannis@finlandia.edu
Mariana NakashimaAdministrative Assistant ISB - SCASFinlandia UniversityMariana.Nakashima@finlandia.edu906-487-7513

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