In 1984, IDSA became a Professional Organization Affiliate of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. NASAD is an association of approximately 346 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines.
In the City of Brotherly Love, juniors from The University of the Arts industrial design program joined forces with Thomas Jefferson University graduate occupational therapy students to create prototypes for children with physical challenges in the Toys that Enable inter-disciplinary project. They came up with everything from a Chunky Monkey to a backpack jetpack!
A new product design program will make its debut this fall at The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), pending final approvals. “The fusion of design, technology and making has never been in higher demand, expanding the roles available for creative professionals,” promotes MICA on its website. “ MICA's new BFA in product design is an excitingly versatile and encompassing major that prepares students for these new opportunities.”