The Design program is located in the Art Building (aka ART), which also houses studio facilities for drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and transmedia. Students in the department have access to a shared woodshop, computer labs, and a new digital fabrication lab that houses 3D printers, 3D scanners, routing/milling machines, and vinyl and laser cutters.
Students in the Design program also enjoy access to the Design Division’s production lab, which includes a polymer plate maker, screenprinting equipment, a programmable sewing/embroidery machine, a copystand and photo lights/backdrops, a chemical darkroom, a CNC router, a sheet vinyl plotter/cutter, hand tools, bookbinding tools, and a spray booth.
The Design Division’s production lab also houses a publication studio that includes four cylinder presses, a Ludlow, and a wide selection of metal and wood type. Most notably, Design is the proud caretaker of the Rob Roy Kelly collection of nineteenth-century wood type and a historic Columbian press, both on long-term loan from the Harry Ransom Center. These resources constitute a “working archive” that affords unique opportunities for cross-pollination between traditional and cutting-edge printing technologies.
Design students enjoy convenient access to the Fine Arts Library, a branch of the world-class UT Libraries, and can also conduct research in the spectacular collections of printed and archival materials at the campus’s Harry Ransom Center and Blanton Museum of Art.