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Design Programs

Best Accredited Colleges 2023 Medal

SJSU Interior Design Ranks in Top 5!

The BFA Interior Design program was ranked 4th best by Best Accredited Colleges who considered hundreds of institutions across the country and ranked San José State University using data around financial aid awards, the quality of education, faculty, campus resources, and more.

See the full list here!

Photos of Different Student Designs

NEA Grant Awarded to Prof. Yoon Chung Han

Prof. Yoon Chung Han’s project “Exploring and Supporting San José’s Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Art through 3D Printing Technology” has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The project will allow underserved, multi-ethnicity groups in San José to learn about and experience art that is culturally relevant and sustainably made from recycled materials that are 3D printed.

Photo of Januel Mercado at the Golden Globes

Animation Alumni’s "Puss in Boots" Film Nominated for Multiple Awards

Alum Januel Mercado (BFA Animation, 2008) began his career at DreamWorks working as a story artist on Kung Fu Panda 2. Since then, he's worked as a story artist on the Ultimate Spider-Man series, Turbo, Penguins of Madagascar, Trolls, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Lego Movie 2, and much more. He then helmed the role of head of story for The Croods 2: A New Age, and more recently as the co-director of DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Critics Choice Award, BAFTA, NAACP Image Awards, Annie Award, and for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature—a remarkable achievement!

Do Unto Others

Awards and Film Festivals for Prof. Angela Wu’s Short Film "Do Unto Others"

Prof. Angela Wu’s animated short film "Do Unto Others” has won several awards and been accepted to a number of film festivals: Animaze Montreal Festival, Official Selection, Best Short Competition - Award of Excellence in Animation, Independent Shorts Awards February - Bronze Award for Best Animation Short and Los Angeles Film Awards - Best Microfilm. The film depicts an unfortunately common cycle of life with dark humor.

Different Product Designs

Prof. Yoon Chung Han Named a San Jose Creative License Ambassador

Prof. Yoon Chung Han has been selected as a San José 2023 Creative License Ambassador. The 2023 Creative Ambassadors represent a range of artistic disciplines and share a deep commitment to San José's cultural community. Prof. Han will produce a creative design project that invites active participation from residents and celebrates the diversity of San José's cultural communities.

Read the article here!

Group Photo of Students at a Craft Fair

Industrial Design Students Making It Happen

Prof. Kohar Scott’s industrial design students showed off and sold products that they designed and manufactured themselves using digital technologies like 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, etc. at the Lynbrook Craft Fair as part of the Fall 2022 DSID133 Making It class.

Read about the Fair!

Woman holding a Rubber Design

San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art Exhibit for Virginia San Fratello Piece

Chair Virginia San Fratello's 3D Printed Rubber Pouf is on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of the Conversation Pieces: Contemporary Furniture in Dialogue, exhibit.

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