At Jefferson, we’re reimagining the future of higher education, so you can dream bigger, think bolder and push further than humanly possible.
What happens when students work together and disciplines converge? Learning starts to look different and new paths forward are discovered. Our transdisciplinary education brings left and right brain thinking to every field of study, including: architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion & textiles, health, medicine, science and social science.
Architects built to rise
Architecture provides a sense of place in an ever-changing world. From new technologies to sustainability challenges, our programs in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) offer an unparalleled education built to meet modern demands.
The future’s form is our function
Design pairs creative thought with rigorous process, whether you’re helping businesses connect with their customers through graphic design or developing new products through industrial design. Built upon a strong tradition of forward-thinking education, we continue our legacy as a globally recognized leader in design excellence.
Driving fashion forward
As the oldest textile school in the country, we know where fashion has been and how to set the trends for the future. Innovation is woven into the fabric of our program, with students learning every aspect of the industry.
Areas of Interest
Build your career in architecture from the ground up, leveraging big data to create the architectural forms that shape our world.
Our innovative approach to business education combines current markets with emerging sectors to prepare you for the future of commerce.
Whether you’re aspiring to a career in graphic design or industrial design, your future begins at Jefferson, where you’ll bring left-brain thinking into every discipline.
Develop a working knowledge of detail-oriented process, experimentation and collaboration to bring big ideas to life.
Fashion & Textiles
There’s a reason we’re the oldest textile school in the country and ranked among the nation’s top 20 fashion schools: we know where fashion’s been and where it’s going.
At Jefferson, we approach the study of medicine, nursing and healthcare the same way we approach everything else: with a hands-on style and a boundless drive to move us forward.
Asking questions is the only way forward. Our science program focuses on applied, clinical and programmatic research to help you advance in your quest to know more.
Why do we, as humans, do the things we do? Having a powerful understanding of the social science propels us forward in solving critical social problems.
Picture an outfit that fixes your posture. We did.
We believe that the best fashion comes from collaboration. That's why we developed the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, a place where designers can collaborate with engineers, and merchandisers with mathematicians, to build a future as technology-driven as it is fashion-forward.
The result? Alex+, a neck motion tracking device that syncs with magnetic clothing clips to identify when your posture could use an adjustment, and alert you through vibration feedback. When students cross disciplines and fashion meets function, our materials can mean much more. Now, we can all strike a (healthier) pose.
Picture a building designed with algorithms. We did.
Algorithms shape our lives, from how we listen to music to how we work. Now, Professor Jeffrey Kransler wants to test their analytical capabilities on an even bigger scale. Kransler developed a curriculum centered around the overlap between structural and architectural design and challenged his students to develop the rules, codes and relationships that inform both. Today, our architecture students are learning to use problem-solving technologies like parametric modeling to build structures for a sustainable, sound future.
Imagine headphones designed to heal. We did.
Our medical, occupational therapy and industrial design students understand the anxiety patients experience during even the shortest hospital visits; the bleeps, blips and buzzing machines that server as a distracting soundtrack to treatment. So when we asked them to collaborate with a team of design students to improve patient care through next-generation technology, they listened. The solution was a pair of noise-canceling headphones engineered to filter hospital sounds and give patients the peace of mind to get better.
Picture a briefcase that makes more time for family. We did.
The modern commuting bag needed an update, so our students got to work studying the habits of commuters in major metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco. They discovered that travelers want more from their messenger: they need it to function as a backpack, charching station and a TSA-approved travel bag.
By incorporating a battery, convertible straps that tighten with a single touch and compartments that hold everything from a laptop to lunch, our students built a bag that means business - and gives you more time to enjoy life.
Imagine a cancer treatment managed by a smartphone. We did.
For a cancer patient spending weeks, months or even years in treatment, comfort is crucial. That's why our medical and design students collaborated to find a solution for the long, tiring and uncomfortable hours spent sitting through care. As part of our Medicine + Industrial Design course, they developed an app that works with the treatment chair to give patients more control at a time when things can feel out of their hands.
Imagine printing the irreplaceable. We did.
ENT resident Dominick J. Gadaleta imagined using 3D printing technology to increase efficiency during mandibular reconstruction surgery. Through an interdiscipinary approach, he worked with a team of industrial designers to turn that dream into a reality. Now surgeons are able to reference models of patients' mandibles to custom-fit replacements pre-incision and cut hours of surgery time, and reimagine the potential of print.