Harrington College Of Design Displays Its First Immersion Program Gallery Collection

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“Prospect and Refuge: An Exploration in Color & Form” Reflects Unique Learning Environment

This exhibition is the culmination of what our students have learned this year

Harrington College of Design announces the opening of a collection of work entitled "Prospect and Refuge," created by the students in its inaugural Immersion Program. The public is invited to view the 20 pieces on display from December 18 through January 27. It will be located in the first-floor gallery, and admission is free.

The Concept:
The Immersion Program is a prototype laboratory for 20 of the past fall’s most promising new design students. A two-teacher team will guide its students on a year-long, design-learning adventure. Students will take all the required courses for freshman year, but they’ll tie these courses together in ways that make sense to designers and the markets they serve. Math, English and Critical Thinking courses will directly inform and be informed by design problems. Guest lecturers, field trips, special semester-long projects and student-created gallery shows are just a few of the special opportunities being offered to these 20 students. This first year Immersion Program focuses on students studying, learning, making, succeeding and living in an environment of their own design. This “school within a school” will challenge students and teachers to redefine their roles and methods while not only meeting the current standards of the freshman year, but also exceeding them in the areas of overall design knowledge, engagement and collaborative experimentation.

The Space:
Harrington dedicated about 5,000 square feet of space, including 11 rooms, for this environment. In the summer of 2008, 20 upper-level students in the DSN426 Experimental Design class put their design skills and knowledge to the ultimate test. They researched, planned, designed and built the area, as well as systems for communication, social engagement, health and well-being programs and whatever else they deemed valuable to the empowerment of fresh design minds. Materials were repurposed, donated or scavenged to create the space. A budget of no more than $600 dollars was allotted to buying new materials. Functionality was of utmost importance, although aesthetics were certainly stressed. The students also designed the teachers’ offices based on interviews and task analysis.

“This exhibition is the culmination of what our students have learned this year,” said David Dunworth, instructor of the Harrington Immersion Program. “People will see monolithic objects—structural artwork—that demonstrates what happens when geometry and art collide. It has been gratifying to participate in the process as the students have explored and taken intellectual risks.”

About Harrington College of Design
Harrington College of Design is a four-year college that offers flexible scheduling for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design or Digital Photography and a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design. Harrington is committed to creating the next generation of design professionals to lead and serve the global community.

Harrington has been a member of Chicago’s design and higher education communities since 1931. Located at 200 W. Madison St., Harrington seeks to foster an environment that maximizes students’ intellectual and artistic potential. The majority of the faculty is practicing interior designers, architects, photographers and fine art professionals.

Harrington is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and bachelor's degrees. Harrington is recognized as a private college by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and is authorized by the IBHE to confer baccalaureate and associate degrees. The Interior Design Program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER). Harrington College of Design recently received re-accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation for a period of six years. Harrington is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information on Harrington College of Design, call 312.939.4975 or visit http://www.harringtoncollege.com.

Andrea Meyer

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