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Integrated Design Lab

NWACC Integrated Design Lab

NWACC’s Evelyn E. Jorgenson Integrated Design Lab (IDL) holds courses in design, art and construction, as well as a dedicated makerspace for collaboration and testing design ideas.

The IDL offers opportunities to gain 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.

Learn about the IDL's philosophy and history


Use lab space to build an educational foundation in artistic creativity, design-thinking principles, construction methods, and business practices while earning a Technical Certificate in Integrated Design.

This technical certificate stands on its own or stacks into one of three degrees in fine arts, construction or computer-aided design. Learn more about earning a Technical Certificate in Integrated Design


As part of NWACC's efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in Northwest Arkansas, the college has opened design spaces in the IDL to community members. The lab gives local artists, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, tinkerers and makers access to top-quality equipment and exceptional design and fabrication spaces.

How to use the IDL:

  • Submit a project proposal form detailing equipment, space and material needs and project timeline.
  • Complete general safety and specialized equipment training where needed before project work begins.

Use IDL Equipment 

NWACC's IDL offers a variety of equipment, space and material for community members to tinker and work on design ideas. General safety and specialized equipment training is required before use. View a list of equipment below. 

  • Handtools and Powertools
  • Band Saw
  • Disc and Belt Sanders
  • Scroll Saw
  • Jointer and Planer
  • Drill Press
  • Table Saws
  • Miter Saws
  • CNC Router
  • Plasma Arc Cutter
  • MIG and TIG welders
  • Spray booth

  • A5 3D Printers
  • Makerbot Replicator 3D Printers
  • Dremel 3D printers
  • Epilog Helix Laser Cutter
  • GCC Vinyl Cutter

IDL Events

The IDL hosts a variety of community events, such as maker nights, workshops and classes, where you can learn to design, create and innovate. View upcoming events.