Given the growth of careers in the fields of fashion design, interior design and graphic design and pop culture’s focus on style and design, the International Academy of Design & Technology is a rising star in the Las Vegas higher education community. The vocational college, which opened its Henderson-based campus in 2004, offers bachelor of fine arts and associate of science degree programs in fashion, interior and graphic design, as well as a bachelor’s in game design and development.
According to Jason Smith, president of IADT Las Vegas, the college’s success is the result of well-developed programs, accomplished instructors and a richly diverse student body.
“The hundreds of creative minds on our campus create an inspiring environment for both students and faculty,” he said. “The synergy between instructors and students often leads to creations, designs and ideas that surpass expectations. IADT Las Vegas is wonderful creative launching pad for those interested in pursuing careers in the design field.”
The fashion design program at IADT Vegas is currently the college’s largest program. It offers a professional foundation in fashion fundamentals, including fashion illustration, pattern drafting, design, draping, clothing construction, textiles, fashion manufacturing and fashion marketing.
Interior design students study two-dimensional design, three-dimensional space planning, color, lighting and materials. In addition, students study commercial and residential design suited for diverse social, cultural and economic populations.
Aspects of media imaging covered in IADT’s graphic design program include animation and multimedia. Industry-current equipment and software create a real-world learning environment that prepares students for the workforce.
Game design and development provides training in principles and techniques used to create interactive 2-D and 3-D computer games. Students learn software, programming languages, modeling and animation skills and game engines used to design and develop games. Additionally, students examine market research and business concepts particularly as they relate to the computer and video gaming industry.
“As one of the country’s most vibrant, dynamic cities, Las Vegas is a natural and perfect fit for IADT,” Smith said. “Las Vegas is a visually stimulating city oozing with creativity. It offers an abundance of opportunity for those with strong design skills.”
According to Smith, the hands-on nature of IADT allows students to begin to develop their own professional portfolio while still in school. “Graduating IADT students not only leave well trained, they leave well prepared for a career in their respective field.”
The International Academy of Design & Technology was founded in Chicago in 1977 by a former Sears executive as a postsecondary institution focusing on merchandising and design. Today, there are more than 10 IADT campuses nationwide.
IADT is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Career Education Corp. network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on IADT Vegas call 990-0150 or visit www.iadtvegas.com.