The Story of “Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art"
“Shenkar - Engineering. Design. Art” has established itself as one of the leading colleges in Israel. Every year, Shenkar's graduates find themselves in the forefront of research and the industry, exhibit their works, participate in competitions and win prestigious awards.
Combining faculties of engineering, design and art is the basis of this institution’s unique multidisciplinary academics, allowing students and professors to combine cutting-edge technologies with contemporary design and artistic concepts. Each faculty has its own character, yet maintains fruitful collaborations with the other faculties, exposing students to a variety of disciplines and different fields of knowledge.
Shenkar was founded in 1970 as the “College for Fashion and Textile Technology”, with the goal of qualifying skilled manpower for the Israeli industry, as well as providing it with advanced R&D services.
Dr. Nathan Brown, The first elected president of Shenkar, was the head of New York’s education system. He togather with additional professionals and experts came to Israel from the USA, in order to teach five disciplines: textile technology, production management, management and marketing, fashion design and textile design.
The first class of the college consisted of approximately 300 students, but the college has grown ever since. In 1976, Shenkar was endorsed as an institute of higher education, and in 1983, the college finances were finally transferred from the Ministry of Industry and Trade to the Council of Higher Education, responsible for all University budgets in Israel, completing Shenkar's transformation into a public academy.
Today, Shenkar offers academic degrees in design and engineering and even joint PhD programs with leading international education institutions.
In the Azrieli Faculty of Design, 6 departments offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Design (B.Des): the Department of Visual Communications, the Department of Textile Design, the Department of Interior - Building and Environment Design, the Department of Jewelry Design, the Department of Industrial Design and the Department of Fashion Design, considered one of the best fashion schools worldwide.
In 2008, a new department was established, the Department of Multidisciplinary Art, which offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (B.F.A), and later, the unique multidisciplinary program for Master’s in Design was introduced (M.Des), offering either a thesis-based or non-thesis tracks for a degree in Fashion, Textile, Jewelry and Accessories Design. In 2018, Shenkar has launched an experimental Master's program in Design for graduates of engineering specializations. And in 2019 another innovative study program – game design – was approved for M.Des. degree.
In the Pernick Faculty of Engineering, 5 departments offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (B.Sc.): the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, the Department of Plastics Engineering, the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Department of Software Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Master’s Degree programs are offered in the Department of Plastics Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, providing a unique study program for those qualified.