November 07, 2012

Wentworth Expands Study Abroad Opportunities

This summer, 21 industrial and interior design students traveled to Berlin, Germany, for the programs’ first ever study abroad trip.

“Many of our students had never been abroad,” said Rachel Pike, chair of the Interior Design department. “It was great for them to go and see the European designs they’ve been learning about in their classes.”

After travelling throughout Italy, Switzerland, France, and Germany for the first several weeks of the 90-day trip, the juniors finally arrived in Berlin.

The students took courses from German professors and Wentworth industrial design professor Ralf Schneider. As a part of their coursework, the interior design students designed office space for the nonprofit Save the Children Germany. The challenge gave the students the opportunity to understand how to work with clients while they travelled to several different office spaces in order to better understand contemporary European interior design. Meanwhile, industrial design students were tasked with creating unique eyewear as a part of a German design contest.

Mirela Baric, Industrial Design ’13, said she enjoyed studying the simple and practical European design style, which reinforced her desire to be a furniture designer. “My favorite part of the trip was visiting the VITRA Design Museum, a furniture museum in Germany,” said Baric.

Baric said she was excited to be one of the Wentworth’s first industrial design students to study abroad and recommends the experience to other students.

“I think being open-minded and taking plunges is a really good thing to do, especially for the field that we’re in,” said Baric. “It keeps your creative juices flowing and you get to see other people’s way of thought and way of design.”

New England Home magazine donated a $5,000 scholarship for students in the interior design program to be able to attend. 

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