Answer the following question: Which of DEA’s three academic themes [design strategy & innovation, sustainable futures, or health & well-being] interests you the most and why? Your essay should not exceed 300 words. Upload one essay to Slideroom.
Diagram a task without using words or text. Consider the sequential steps, context, and objectives involved while doing the task. Create a 5-step diagram that communicates the process. Use any two-dimensional media: pen, pencils, markers, digital camera, computer software, etc. to create the diagram. Both the clear presentation of the sequence of the task and the quality of visual communication will be evaluated. Submit the finished diagram using Slideroom.
Design and build a three-dimensional “gift” that captures, engages, ignites, celebrates, and/or reflects the human spirit. Briefly describe what the gift is, who the recipient is, and its intended impact/effect. Limit your response to 100 words including a title. Your gift may be for someone you know, a person(s) yet to be known, or to a collective group. Use any type of material(s) to create the form: clay, wood, cardboard, etc., or construct your object using digital media. Produce a maximum of eight (8) still images of your gift for Slideroom submission. Consider what the images depict and how they describe your idea. Explore views from diverse angles. Always submit high quality images that are well lit and large enough to easily be seen by reviewers.
Submit up to four (4) additional images of prior creative work for consideration. Submissions might range from poetry or videos to a photography drawing or built objects. For each image, provide a title, a short description and a reflective statement about the outcome or process. Also submit these via Slideroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
It is one determinant in learning who you are as a person, understanding your point-of-view, and recognizing how you might fit within DEA. DEA faculty review and evaluate the DEA Challenge. Faculty feedback is included in the full review of the application. The DEA Challenge is required of all DEA applicants.
Not necessarily. Your creative thought processes and written rationale are as important as aesthetic aptitude. DEA accommodates students with a wide range of creative talents and experiences.
Yes. Your submissions may be digitally or manually produced using any material of your choice.
No. Adhere to the number of images designated in each category.
No. There is no one type of correct or successful submission. Consider your submissions as exercises in experimental thinking and risk-taking more than final presentations or examples of technical proficiency.