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UCO School of Design to Launch Capital Improvement Campaign

Illustration of the outside of a building

Jan. 6, 2020

Media Contact: Steven Akins, Director of Marketing, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3774, sakins1@uco.edu

UCO School of Design to Launch Capital Improvement Campaign

The University of Central Oklahoma’s newly elevated School of Design is launching a capital campaign for renovations of the former St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located just west of Central’s Campus. The building and land recently were acquired by the university.

Once complete, the building will house the innovative school and allow expansion of classroom and lab space, which will free up much-needed classroom and office space for the College of Fine Arts and Design.

The UCO School of Design, formerly the Department of Design, recently completed a six-year process to elevate its status from an academic department to a school.

“I am thrilled by the switch from department to school and thankful to everyone who helped push this project through. The designation of ‘school’ brings our perceived level of prestige in line with our earned level of prestige,” said Amy Johnson, M.F.A., director of the UCO School of Design.

The school, which offers B.F.A. degrees in both graphic design and interior design as well as M.F.A. degrees in design and illustration, has outgrown current facilities.

The St. Mary’s property, acquired by the university through a combination purchase and property swap, will allow the School of Design to consolidate into a single, larger space which will enhance faculty communication and collaboration, and allow scheduling of classes based on students’ needs. Currently, the school has three design labs spread over three buildings, three sets of faculty offices spread over two buildings and class schedules that run from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. due to the lack of available classrooms.

“As a college, we have saved funds for these renovations over the course of the past three years internally and are hoping to augment those through fundraising and philanthropy,” said Steven Hansen, M.F.A., dean of the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.

For more information about the UCO School of Design visit design.uco.edu.

To donate to the capital campaign or for more information, contact the UCO Foundation at 405-974-2770 or foundation@uco.edu.

For more information about College of Fine Arts and Design events, visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Editor's Note: Download art associated with this release at https://media.uco.edu/press/SchoolOfDesign12.19

Cutline: The newly elevated University of Central Oklahoma School of Design is launching a capital campaign for the renovations of the UCO-acquired St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located just west of Central’s Campus. Artist renderings created by UCO School of Design faculty depict the building and classroom space after the renovations.