Our approach to design education is unique for a design school – as a Georgia Tech college, we naturally associate technology and research with our work. We use design thinking to develop new technologies, anticipate the future of buildings and environments, and change the way people experience art, everyday objects, and their immediate surroundings. As a result, our students use the analytical part of their brain and the creative part of their brain at the same time.
College of Design degrees focus on the intersection of technology and the ways people engage with the world. Our classes regularly dig into the science and engineering behind what is traditionally considered art. We emphasize human experiences, from products and soundscapes, to living in buildings and cities.
Kate Bosen planned on majoring in history when she first came to Georgia Tech. But she realized how much she wanted music to be a larger part of her life after a conversation with a choir class professor.
“I realized I missed music, and I was also interested in music technology because I can actually get a job afterwards,” she said, “I didn’t find that in any other music programs.” She transferred in to new Bachelor of Science in Music Technology, and has since thrived. Last year, Kate even won the Kim Scott Logan Award, the highest honor given to a music technology student.
She worked in the Brain Music Lab, which specializes in connecting music to the body, for her capstone project. There she worked to discover new modes of artistic expression and find new therapies for clinical patients. “It’s really kind of poetic. It asks questions like, ‘How do you make music out of a heartbeat?’ or ‘How do you make music out of a brain signal?’,” she said.
Note: video footage captured prior to Covid-19 pandemic.