Designing meaningful change

MRU Student thrives in creative collaboration setting


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Ashleigh Metcs discovered Mount Royal's Information Design program while studying journalism at another local post-secondary.



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Currently in her final semester at Mount Royal University, Ashleigh Metcs knew little about Mount Royal prior to enrolling. All she knew of MRU was it offered an Information Design program – one of few undergrad programs of its kind in Canada.

"I was looking for an educational experience that prioritized hands-on experimentation over theory-based learning," Metcs says. "Creative collaboration over lecture theatres."

Metcs discovered MRU’s Information Design program while studying journalism at another local post-secondary. She had dabbled in layout design and enjoyed the creative component of these assignments. The Information Design program presented an opportunity for Metcs to grow and advance these skills. "Looking back now, I had no idea how much more I would learn beyond making things look ‘pretty.’"

Metcs and the Information Design cohort immersed themselves in a curriculum that covered a wide spectrum of disciplines including user experience (UX) design, information architecture, as well as instructional and digital design.

 

The Information Design Program connects students with many on-campus and local communities. Metcs is grateful to have taken part in many incredible experiences, including when she was introduced to Mount Royal’s Institute for Community Prosperity (ICP) – an institute dedicated to fostering a vibrant learning ecosystem where students, faculty and community organizations can work together to evoke meaningful change.

It was during her internship with the ICP when Metcs was exposed to the Map the System challenge, which took her to Oxford University during the summer of 2018. Now in the final year of her program, she’s once again involved in the competition – this time as campus lead.

Working for ICP sparked Metcs’ interest in social innovation – a field that pairs well with information design. As an Ashoka U designated Changemaker Campus, MRU provides multiple opportunities for students to make a difference.

"Innovative spaces like the Trico Changemakers Studio and Riddell Library and Learning Centre make MRU an exciting place to be."

Information Design students graduate with a Community Service Learning (CSL) accreditation and work experience terms start as early as the second year of the program. Over the course of her degree, Metcs and her classmates worked with a variety of community partners on their communications initiatives.


"Our ability to interpret data and tell stories makes us valuable members of any team."

Ashleigh Metcs


"We’re given many opportunities to test our skills out in the real world, it’s great to get an A+ on an assignment, but it’s even better knowing you’ve helped a real client accomplish a real goal."

The information design program equips students with the skills to become effective problem solvers. Early on, students are taught the importance of honing their process. Information Design students have an opportunity to work across industries.

"Our ability to interpret data and tell stories makes us valuable members of any team."

Feb. 28, 2020