Department Chair: Jason Tselentis, M.F.A.

The mission of the Department of Design is to administratively house, manage, and deliver the degree programs within the Department in the most efficient, high quality manner as possible, within the context and mission objectives described by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Winthrop University. Designers no longer exclusively design things. They design experiences, interactions, and lifestyles- they define culture. The Department of Design program is a contemporary, future driven approach that integrates design thinking, making, processes, and methodologies with technology and programming, entrepreneurship and business strategies and management. Each concentration and subject area establish a foundation for students to transform into a unique, creatively charged, practice-ready professionals concerned with how we communicate to consumers and to each other, the spaces we inhabit, the products we use and interact with, and the perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas.