Carrie Gates | January 25, 2017
Imagine bringing the magic of a Disney theme park to the Notre Dame campus.
Students in Scott Shim’s Collaborative Product Development course recently took on that challenge—with great success.
In the course, students formed interdisciplinary teams and used the principles of design thinking to create concepts for an immersive outdoor space at the University. The projects were then entered in the Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.
Two Notre Dame teams made it to the semifinal round, and one has now advanced to the finals, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney Imagineering—the creative force behind the Disney parks, resorts, and attractions—in Glendale, California, this week.
“I am extremely excited for our students, and I know they will represent the University well,” said Shim, a professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. “This is a well-recognized, innovative design competition and a great opportunity to showcase the cross-disciplinary collaborations we are cultivating at Notre Dame.”
Shim’s course, the capstone for the collaborative innovation minor in the College of Arts and Letters, is open to students from any college or program at Notre Dame.