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Design + Technology + Creative Expression Minor

The Design + Technology + Creative Expression minor allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary technology-mediated design topic that transcends their own major and integrates liberal arts and design. Through the introductory course, students will be introduced to a collection of technology-mediated and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to creative work that integrate the liberal arts and design. In the mid-level courses, students will build on that knowledge by exploring three key areas (understand, explore, and materialize) and creative and collaborative uses of technology. In the capstone course, they will then create a product and/or experience that combines their new skills in creative technologies with what they have learned in their majors.

For more information, email Vern Ferguson.

Why do it?

The Design + Technology + Creative Expression minor allows students to explore and integrate the liberal arts and design into their own discipline through new and innovative uses of technology. Students will have the opportunity to integrate the use of meaningful technology with their major, explore social/cultural/environmental challenges, and generate creative expressions of awareness and activism.

Who is it for?

This minor is appropriate for any student who has an interest in exploring the intersection of design, technology, and creativity. The minor is open and accessible to students from all majors.


The 18-hour minor in Design + Technology + Creative Expression includes a required 3-hour foundational course, 9 credit hours of mid-level electives (one course from each of three categories: Understand, Explore, and Materialize), a required 3-hour mid-level course, and a required 3-hour capstone course.

IDS 1114: Play to Make
MUS 3064: Digital Sound Manipulation
AAD 4234: Capstone Collaborations: Cross-disciplinary Teams

Students select 9 credits hours of elective courses. For a complete list of elective courses, consult the checksheet (follow this link, click on ‘checksheets,’ scroll down to Minors, and find the Design + Technology + Creative Expression checksheet).

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Students and student work from minor’s introductory course, IDS 1114: Play to Make.

This minor is hosted by the Industrial Design Department in the School of Architecture + Design, in collaboration with numerous departments across Virginia Tech.

Pathways Concepts

Core Concepts*
1a – Applied/Advanced Discourse
2 – Critical Thinking in the Humanities
3 – Reasoning in the Social Sciences
5f – Foundational Quantitative and Computational Thinking
6a – Critique and Practice in the Arts
6d – Critique and Practice in Design

*Students are guaranteed to meet at least three of the core concepts listed

Integrative Concepts
10 – Ethical Reasoning
11 – Intercultural and Global Awareness


Vern Ferguson