Center for Integrated Design

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Center for Integrated Design

Design-Based Learning for All

The Center for Integrated Design (The Center) connects students from all majors across The University of Texas at Austin in collaborative, design-based learning experiences. By taking courses through The Center, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of students and expert design faculty as you explore design as a powerful and effective methodology for solving real-world challenges. You’ll learn how to frame problems, study human behavior, and creatively apply insights to drive positive change in your chosen industry and the world.

The School of Design and Creative Technologies, the McCombs School of Business, the School of Information, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the School of Architecture, and the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin partnered together to create this interdisciplinary curriculum open to all students from any major to build essential critical thinking skills for the 21st century.

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses

Design Strategies Certificate

Center for Integrated Design Director Gray Garmon facilitating a design thinking class discussion
“Industry leaders are looking for students capable of responding to the ambiguous and wicked problems that companies face in an increasingly complex world."
— Gray Garmon, Center for Integrated Design Director

Dive Deeper Into The Center

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Get to Know the Design Faculty

Our faculty offer diverse experiences and perspectives, ensuring our students are connected to a vast community of forward-thinking leaders in design.

CID Director Gray Garmon and class co-instructor Laura Richardson in conversation

Industry Partners to The Center

Our industry partners are leaders in their fields who collaborate with us on curriculum and provide access to real-world learning experiences.

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Student Work

Take a look at the system designs, product prototypes, and human-centered experiences created by our students in partnership with real-world clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is our course prefix “ITD” and not “CID”? Answers to the most frequently asked questions about The Center for Integrated Design, all right here.