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Integrated Design Lab Concept

NWACC’s new state-of-the-art Integrated Design Lab (IDL) houses classes and dedicated space for students pursuing an education in art and design. The facility has areas for students to learn valuable creative and technical skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, construction and three-dimensional design media such as wood and metal, as well as digital tools of design, fabrication and art making.

Students are encouraged to test creative entrepreneurial ideas by utilizing the skills learned in various construction, art and design courses.  

Integrated Design Lab Vision:

NWACC’s Integrated Design Lab is a physical maker space of collaborative design that expresses form and function, art and entrepreneurship and creativity and industry, and a place where passions become career realities. 

It provides a unique, quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunity for a population of students who wish to both engage their passions and enhance their employability.



The Facility:

The IDL houses the Workforce Development, Communication and Fine Arts, and Business and Computer Science divisions and provides each space and resources to deliver programming and promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

The lab is an educational philosophy, actualized through Bauhaus philosophy, as much as it is a metacognitive teaching tool.

The structure of the building is a work of art that simultaneously demonstrates, through intentional connection points between the labs, the existence for design-based problem solving to produce maximum impact and inspiration.

Bauhaus Educational Philosophy

  •  The broad, democratic conception of what it means to be human.
  •  The belief in the educability of everyone.
  •  The cultivation of the individual who can work well with others.
  •  The emphasis on function and usefulness in their broadest sense.
  •  The integration of theory and practice rather than their separation.
  •  The nurturing of human creativity as it emerges from an informed and skilled starting point.
  •  The benefits of an interdisciplinarity that is based on solid disciplinary foundations.

More about Bauhaus philosophy.

The Program:

Students who participate in programming at the IDL will be strongly encouraged to obtain a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification as a supplement to their degree in Fine Arts or Construction Technology, and they will be given a space for the professional practices of merchandising and exhibition.

The technical certificate in integrated design will inspire the perfect formula of form and function and provide students with an aesthetic and competitive edge. As such, the IDL will allow NWACC to remain the highest quality, most cost-efficient option for students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to develop such wide-ranging, creatively entrepreneurial, and multi-functional skill sets before entering the workforce.


IDL Construction

Learn about the IDL construction progress on our facilities page.

IDL Construction