The new Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship (DTE) major is an interdisciplinary program that includes coursework from the natural sciences, business and the arts. Students gain familiarity with basic scientific concepts useful for product design, the creative ideation process, gain experience rendering their product concepts using technical drawing skills and computer aided design (CAD) software, learn how to fabricate prototypes using the University’s 3D printers and CNC machines, and become knowledgeable in business processes, accounting for entrepreneurs, and how to write grants and raise funds for new ventures. Three concentrations are offered:
Product Design focuses on the aesthetics and interactions humans have with products.
Engineering Design gives students experience with the technical – mechanical, electrical, and/or programming – aspects of products.
The new Entrepreneurship minor provides understanding of how ideas are brought to market and society through business and other organizational means. Coursework includes: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Accounting for Entrepreneurs, Law for Entrepreneurs, courses in marketing, management, consumer behavior and human resources.
The new Product Design minor focuses on the aesthetics and interactions humans have with products. Coursework includes: How Things Work, Design Processes, Materials and Processes, Technical Drawing, Product Design Capstone, 3-D Design, Human Factors in Product Design, History of Décor.
School of Music (SOM) has introduced a unique new degree program in contemporary musicianship designed to better prepare students interested in performing professionally. The program will provide students with a broader range of knowledge and skills needed for today’s professional music world. In the new degree program, students will become skilled vocalists or instrumentalists and learn a second instrument as well. They will also become familiar with styles outside of traditional concert music, play in both large and small ensembles, and learn to compose, improvise, conduct, record, use music-related hardware and software, and manage their careers.
Bachelor of Music in Performance
The Bachelor of Music in Performance is designed for students committed to the achievement of excellence in the field of performance. Students pursue this program in one of the following performance areas: percussion, piano, strings, voice, or winds. This degree program also includes extensive studies in music literature, pedagogical techniques, and theory.
The Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance prepares students for careers teaching and performing as classical guitarists. Students will complete the program as proficient performers with a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of playing as well as of the history and repertoire of the instrument.
The Bachelor of Music in String Performance and Pedagogy develops performance skills, explores technical and musical resources, and formulates teaching strategies. Students develop their own effective teaching styles and gain hands-on experience working with students of pre-college level in the IWU String Preparatory Program.