For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship is no longer available as a major. However, the Entrepreneurship minor and Product Design minor are both still available to all students.
The Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship (DTE) program at Illinois Wesleyan provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to conceive, develop, and deliver products and services for industry, society, and the planet. This program incorporates creative and technical skills, material science, and finance and management. Students will make product prototypes, create business plans, and develop portfolios of their finished products. They will gain familiarity with basic scientific concepts useful for product design and the creative ideation process. Students will also gain experience rendering their product concepts using technical drawing skills and computer aided design (CAD) software. They will have the opportunity to fabricate prototypes using 3D printers, laser cutters, and other equipment. To round out the experience, students will gain experience in business processes, accounting, and marketing to help them take their products to market.
Students will select from one of the three following areas of concentration:
In addition to a major in Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship, two minors are available: in Entrepreneurship and Product Design.