The School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT) in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin was created in 2017. With its founding, the school became the fourth major academic unit in the College of Fine Arts, alongside the Department of Art and Art History, the Butler School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.
The new school combined the Design program with the Arts and Entertainment Technologies program to support the need for creative professionals in the business, nonprofit and government world. Led by design industry leader and founding Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Design Doreen Lorenzo, the school includes the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies, the Department of Design, the Center for Integrated Design, the Design Institute for Health, and two Bridging Disciplines Program certificates in Digital Arts & Media and Design Strategies.
The Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies grew out of the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies, which launched in 2016 and was the home of the Bachelor of Science in Arts and Entertainment Technologies. With coursework in game design, themed entertainment, music and sound, motion graphics and video, immersive media, interactive storytelling, and other creative technology fields, this cross-disciplinary program is focused on the future.
The Department of Design grew out of the Design division, which had been housed in the Department of Art and Art History since 1992. The Design program offered a B.F.A. in Design and added an M.F.A in Design in 2001 and a B.A. in Design in 2017.
The Center for Integrated Design was formed in 2016 as a partnership between the Design, Engineering, Information, Business, Computer Science and Architecture programs. Through a Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) certificate, the Center infuses design thinking into the UT curriculum by providing ALL UT students, regardless of major, the opportunity to study design methodology and apply it in creative and entrepreneurial scenarios.
The Design Institute for Health (DIH) was created in 2015 as a collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts to apply a creative, design-based approach to the nation's health care challenges. DIH aims to rapidly integrate a design perspective into medical education and community health programs. In 2019, SDCT partnered with the Institute to launch a first-of-its-kind M.A. in Design focused on Design in Health, a 10-month program that brings together expert designers and health design specialists to teach courageous health care leaders and professionals the latest design methods underpinning revolutionary solutions for health’s most wicked problems.
In 2018, the school created the Executive and Extended Education program, led by Executive Director Julie Schell, to provide on-campus units, corporations, non-profits, K-12 and higher education institutions with world class, design-led education.