Hello world!

Hi everyone, I’ve been lurking the forums for a bit, reading here and there, and I have to say that there is so much talent here. Inspirational and healthy discussions are the norm, so I wanted to thank you for this awesome site and your time spent helping others.

In any case, I’m seeking some help: I’m a graduating senior from psu with a non-design degree (my major is called integrative arts). I tried to tailor it to provide me with a solid foundation for further architectural study (this entails a bunch of art and architectural history, some art classes, a maya and cad class, and various other courses).

I’ve just begun giving ID serious thought, and I think it is the arena for me. My passion is to bring good design to those who can’t normally afford it/design with an activist mindset; ID seems to be the solution. So, I wanted to ask some questions:

  1. I’m very interested in SCAD, and was wondering if anyone (alumni perhaps?) could spend some time chatting with me, to get some personal insights on the program/portfolio process;

  2. Am I at a disadvantage now without prior ID experience – that is, do graduate programs expect a certain fluency with sketching/programs before graduate study or would I be able to learn as a graduate program progresses?;

  3. I’ve searched and enjoyed the many resources in these forums, but now that you know a little more about my starting point, perhaps you guys could give me some other resources dealing with design fundamentals or any other resources that maybe you thought, hey this guy needs THAT.

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you so much in advance, I most definitely left out some important information somewhere, so I would be happy to answer any questions you have about me.

If you’re also interested in engineering design, have a look at “Pahl/Beitz: Engineering Design”

This job requieres the ability for lightning fast analysis and problem solving. So, it’s a job for naturals. Idealism plays the second fiddle: You have to be able to produce high class output without working up a sweat :sunglasses:

Thanks for the advice Max, I think you’re right, ideology should come second to skill, so I’ll definitely store that sucker up. Problem solving is what gets me going though – I had decided upon architecture halfway through my freshman year because I thought it was the most obvious problem solving job (and I didn’t know what industrial design was). My gift is for creative problem solving, and I want it to manifest itself in a pleasant/meaningful way.

Thanks again, and I’ll check out engineering design - my strengths are less in the engineering sector than in the artistic sector, but I think it will be invaluable to my preparation.

"Max2k wrote: If you’re also interested in engineering design, have a look at “Pahl/Beitz: Engineering Design”
Thanks for the share.
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