Design Technology


The Design Technology program prepares students for challenging professions in the design disciplines. In conjunction with their academic advisor, students can select elective courses from many areas to focus their program of study such as, Mechanical Design, Architectural Design, Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Civil Design, Computer Graphics, and others. Students in the Design Technology program have access to the most current hardware and software used in the disciplines. Overall program emphasis is on technical rigor and foundation development. Graduates have the skills and knowledge required to respond to future employment challenges or continue their education at other colleges or universities.

Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Ivy Tech Community College Design Technology Program is to instill the principle of work while developing professional skills advancement within the design environment. The Design Technology Program further integrates student achievement with community needs while providing for their future through life-long learning.

Technical Certificates:

Technical Certificate (30 credit hours = 2 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in Design Technology can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

Courses you will take

Gainful Employment Disclosure


Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses.


Associate of Applied Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

Courses you will take

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

The Associate of Science degree prepares you for transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

Courses you will take

Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Design Technology program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:


Design Technology Faculty Web site

Vanessa Babcock, Instructor

Design Technology Program Chair

(812) 330-6319

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
Jason Roth

317-921-4542 (ph)

317-921-4586 (f)

Concentrations offered by Indianapolis region:

  • Architecture
  • Civil
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • Mechanical
  • Contact:

  • Martha Hyer
    School of Technology Coordinator
  • Mr. Steven K. Bardonner MSEd
  • Associate Professor and Interim Dean School of Technology Applied Science and Engineering Technology
  • Columbus/Franklin Region
  • 812-374-5102
  • Columbus Region
  • • Architecture
  • • Computer Graphics
  • • Mechanical
East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie)

James Savage
Program Chair
1-800-589-8324, ext. 1307

Kokomo (Kokomo)
Dan Ward, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 385
Lafayette (Lafayette)
Jonathan Combs
Program Chair, Design Technology
(765) 269-5407

Design Technology Brochure (PDF)
North Central (Elkhart, South Bend)
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
Computer Graphics
CADD Mechanical Engineering Technology
Construction Engineering*
Mechanical Engineering Technology

*Via distance education

For more information contact James Freygang at 574-289-7001, ext. 5397 or
Northeast (Fort Wayne)

Richard Washburn

Erin Salyers, Program Chair
(260) 480-4203

Northwest (East Chicago, Valparaiso)

Susan Perry, MSE
Department Chair
Design Technology
Valparaiso Campus
219-464-8514 ext. 3055

Design Technology Academic Plan

Design Technology Program Competencies

Upon graduation from the School of Technology, Design Technology students will be able to:

  • Present themselves in a professional manner

  • Know the language of their area of emphasis

  • Apply the appropriate knowledge and software or other tool to solve the design problem

  • Create the requested design to specifications whether given by written, verbal or a combination of written and verbal instructions.

Southeast (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
School of Technology

590 Ivy Tech Drive
Madison, IN 47250

George Tackett
(812) 265-2580 Ext. 4187
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 4187


50 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

George Batta
(812) 537-4010 Ext. 7222
(800) 403-2190 Ext. 7222

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
School of Technology

Click here to learn more about Design Technology


Sherry Hunt
Faculty Support Secretary 
812 246.3301 ext 4703

Lonnie Lewellen 
Dean School of Technology
812 246.3301 ext. 4182

David Edward

Assistant Professor in Design Technology 
812 246.3301 ext. 4306

John Harris
Instructor in Advanced Manufacturing
812.246.3301 ext. 4701

Southwest (Evansville)
Design Technology Program Summary

For more information, please contact Michael Satterfield, at (812) 429-1474.