March 30, 2016

Interdisciplinary and Integrative


Although studios may focus on and serve students involved in a single discipline, such as computer science or graphic design, the nature of the projects that students undertake usually requires that they draw upon and integrate knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines.  Some studios are expressly designed to facilitate this kind of interdisciplinary and integrative learning, but most studios include at least some such work, if only because students must communicate with their professors and peers about their projects and thus practice oral, written, and multimedia communication.

“Studio-based learning is organized around a realistic problem. Students work in groups or individually to solve the design problems and periodically present their emerging solutions for critique. As in problem-based learning, students must seek, integrate, and apply knowledge from a wide variety of disciplines or subject matter relevant to the problem solution.”