WSU Design Program


Unleash your creative potential through technology & experimentation

The Design Program is located in the Art & Design Department on the first and second floor of Watkins Hall, adjacent to Gildemeister, Pasteur and Shepard Halls and Science Laboratory Center. The facilities include Design Computer Lab and Design Production Lab with access to Mac computers and a range of input and output devices including scanners, cameras, a large format plotter and vinyl cutter, 3D printer, laser cutter and engraver, and a full print service digital press. Each computer station includes current versions of design and multimedia software.


The Design Production Lab is located on the first floor of Watkins Hall in room 114. This facility is equipped with openwork small and large format cutting and assembly area for prototyping and production, state of the art digital press with 5th channel (transparent and white capabilities), five 3D printers for sculptural and prototyping exploration and work, 42″ large-format inkjet printer, 23″ and 64″ vinyl cutters, 24″ laser cutter and engraver with rotary capabilities, heat press, sewing and textile production tools, and wide selection of hardware tools. This hybrid fabrication lab and maker space provides design students with a highly supportive high-end environment for pursuing a wide variety of creative solutions. This facility is equipped with 8 computer stations with dual monitor capabilities loaded with cutting-edge software to assist design students in their production journey.

Design students have 24/7 access to this facility. Lab assistants are available for production help and may be scheduled through Bookings app.

  • Ricoh C7110 SX Pro
  • Xerox C60
  • Epilog Laser 80 Watt
  • Epson Plotter
  • Ultimaker 3D Printers
  • Formlabs 3D Printers
  • Oki DigitalHeat FX 9542
  • Ricoh 7100 SG Sublimation Printer
  • Foil Fujipla Machine
  • Sublimation Mug Press
  • Heat Press


The Design Computer Lab is located on the second floor of Watkins Hall in room 213. This facility is equipped with 3 six–core Mac Pro units paired with Wacom Cintiq 22HD tablets and Dell monitors, 6 iMac units paired with Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 units and 6 quad–core Mac Pro units paired with Wacom Cintiq 22HD tablets and Dell monitors. Each station includes current versions of design, motion, digital imaging, web, sound, video and animation software.

Design students have 24/7 access to this facility.

  • Six Core Mac Pros
  • Wacom Cintiq 22HD Tablets
  • Wacom Cintiq Pro 13
  • Dell Monitors
  • iMacs


For the next chapter of development of our Design Program please familiarize yourself with the future Laird Norton Center for Art —a groundbreaking state-of-the-art oriented facility meant to push our education programs, our students, our institution and our community to the next level of ingenuity and thought and foster a new generation of problem–solving creators.

The combination of leading-edge academic programming with innovative spaces positions WSU’s Laird Norton Center for Art and Design to be a premier contemporary, innovative space. The public galleries and community idea incubator spaces will unify, showcase and advance the creative scene in Winona.


The Center for Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Engagement & Learning (CICEL) project was developed to address the challenge of outdated facilities that no longer met the needs of today’s students and faculty.

Teaching and learning styles have shifted, technology has become ubiquitous and essential, and new jobs and industries have developed that require more innovative thinking and collaboration.

Inspired by the design of Education Village, the CICEL project will create a gateway to the WSU main campus where students from all disciplines form an active community to build skills and solutions—not just for today but also for the future.