Center for Integrated Design Courses

Courses at The Center

At the Center for Integrated Design, we're focused on teaching universal human-centered design methodologies, also known as Design Thinking. This coursework does not focus on the technical design skills that you would learn if pursuing a degree through the Department of Design. We focus on the mindsets, attitudes, and foundational design skills that teach you how to be creative in your approach to solving problems and generating ideas for current studies and future work. You will learn how to integrate design into anything you’re doing, whether studying theater or physics, engineering, business or Japanese.

Guided by expert design faculty and professional working designers, our courses will help you develop both the creative and critical thinking skills essential to imagine new futures for your chosen career path and in your own life. We offer experimental and adaptable courses that change each semester to meet the emerging demands of the world around us.

The courses listed are open to students of any major but are for undergraduates only. Email cid@austin.utexas.edu for more information about courses from the Center for Integrated Design.

ITD 101: Intro to Integrated Design

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.310
Schedule: M 2:00-5:00pm
Session: First
Instructor: Kate Canales

Introduction to the concepts, mindsets, and methods of design thinking as a fundamental skill for all disciplines.

ITD 102: Sketching for Thinking & Communication

Mode: Online
Room: N/A
Schedule: M 5:00-6:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Joe Meersman

Discussion of sketching as the fastest way to convey ideas, both in an ideation session or taking notes in a meeting. Explores the basic elements of sketching to visualize concepts and quickly bring alignment to any team.

ITD 106: Improv Skills in Design          

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.310
Schedule: M 5:00-8:00pm
Session: First
Instructor: Shannon Stott

Focus on presentation skills and improvisational/impromptu speaking skills in meetings.

ITD 110T: Harm by Design

Mode: In-Person
Room: 
AHG 1.310
Schedule: MW 9:30-11:00am
Session: First & Second
Instructor: Libby Riddell

This course will explore the harm design can do through current and historical examples, ranging from methods, architecture, graphic design, and technology. Students will be asked to question their responsibility as designers, practitioners, and industry members when it comes to the ethics of projects.

ITD 111: Intro to Design for AI

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.310
Schedule: W 5:00-8:00pm
Session: Second
Instructor: Abhay Agarwal

Introduction to exploring design as a problem-solving tool for real-world scenarios posed from artificial intelligence and robotics.

ITD 150: How to See Like a Designer

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.112
Schedule: M 5:00-8:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Jon Freach

Analyze photography and infers meaning from it. Combine interviews with photography to generate data for storytelling purposes.

ITD 150: Intro to Technology Product Development

Mode: In-Person
Room: 
EER 1.528
Schedule: T 5:00-6:30pm
Session: 10 weeks
Instructor: Scott Evans

This class includes an overview of product design methods used to facilitate physical product development (which may also include software), an introduction to computer-aided design tools, training in the use of 3D printing and electronics tools in the Texas Inventionworks facilities, and building and testing a series of prototypes. Teams will also perform market research and present their work to students in the class and to guest mentors.

ITD 150: Design for Human Connection

Mode: In-Person
Room: 
AHG 1.308
Schedule: M 5:00-8:00pm
Session: First
Instructor: Julia Winston

Students will learn theories, skills and actionable practices to more deeply understand and engage themselves and others around ideas that unite humanity.

ITD 150: Digital Prototyping

Mode: Online
Room: 
N/A
Schedule: T 5:00-8:00pm
Session: First
Instructor: Joe Meersman

Explore the different ways to create digital prototypes and the various tools available to make and share a digital prototype.

ITD 150: Storytelling in Design

Mode: In-Person
Room: Offsite at argodesign
Schedule: TH 4:00-7:00pm
Session: First
Instructor: Kathryn Marinaro

Taught off-campus at argodesign in Austin, Texas. Learn about effective storytelling techniques to help connect with the audience. Through interactive class sessions, work with design professionals from argodesign and see how they incorporate stories into their everyday work, while applying the concepts and techniques behind building and delivering stories.

ITD 150: Prototyping Products

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.308
Schedule: W 2:00PM-5:00pm
Session: First & Second
Instructor: Mariel Lanas

Learn how to approach physical prototyping to spark discussion and advance ideas.

ITD 150: Designing a Life of Purpose

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.308
Schedule: TH 6:00-9:00pm
Session: Second
Instructor: Durell Coleman

"Design Your Path in Life" is a 5-week course for undergraduate and graduate students, designed to help participants navigate the pivotal decisions of college majors, careers, and social impact. Through an introduction to Design Thinking, students gain problem-solving skills applicable in personal and professional spheres. They will also explore their position in the world, aligning it with their mission and addressing ethical dimensions to drive positive change. This course is a compass for self-discovery and purpose, offering students the tools to chart a fulfilling life path.

ITD 270: Upstream: Design for New Media

Mode: Online
Room: N/A
Schedule: W 5:00-8:00pm
Session: Second
Instructor: Jared Culp

Combining real-world Netflix topics with field research, this course aims at discovering key features and experiences for users before, during, and after the discovery of their next binge-worthy favorite piece of content. During the course, students will study viewing habits, choice, and how we can increase delight for viewers.

ITD 301D: Intro to Design Thinking

Mode: In-Person / In-Person / In-Person / Online
Room: AHG 1.310 / AHG 1.310 / AHG 1.308 / Zoom
Schedule: TH 5:00-8:00pm / T 5:00-8:00pm / W 5:00-8:00pm / T 2:00-5:00pm
Session: Full Semester
Instructor: Myan Aljets / DiMitri Higginbotham / Jacob Rader / James Howard

What is design thinking? In this course, students learn the principles of design thinking and apply them to real-world problems while working in interdisciplinary teams. Students learn how to frame problems, learn about people and their behaviors, then apply those insights to improve products and services through rapid prototyping and iteration.

ITD 350: Ideas to Products

Mode: In-Person
Room: 
EER 1.528
Schedule: TTH 3:30-5:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Scott Evans

Students in this class will work in multi-disciplinary teams to develop new products during the semester following processes and activities aligned with practicing product development firms. Products are typically aimed at our campus community but can address other markets. Teams will be prepared for and have the option to compete in the Idea to Product competition.

ITD 370: Advanced Design Thinking Studio

Mode: In-Person
Room: ART 3.218
Schedule: T 6:00-9:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Farzana Sedillo

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Solve real-world design problems in an industry setting, working in multidisciplinary teams. Application required.

ITD 375: Capstone in Integrated Design

Mode: In-Person
Room: ART 1.202
Schedule: MW 11:00am-2:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: DiMitri Higginbotham

Multidisciplinary groups of students research an integrated design problem and propose and prototype an appropriate solution, guided by feedback from supervising instructor(s).

The courses listed are open to students from any college but are for graduate students only.

ITD 380: Design Thinking

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.308
Schedule: T 6:00-9:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Durell Coleman

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Explores the concepts of design thinking and human-centered design methods through direct application and experiential learning. This course is focused on teaching you the design thinking process and helping you build adaptable problem-solving skills. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Application required.

The courses below are cross-listed with the Department of Design for the Spring 2024 semester.

ITD 330T: Speculative Futures: Bio Design

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.310
Schedule: W 2:00-5:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Jiabao Li

An interdisciplinary course to experiment in biotechnologies and speculate our futures. The class will participate in the Biodesign Challenge and one team will be selected to present in the MoMA in New York City.

ITD 330T: Future Shaping

Mode: In-Person
Room: ART 1.202
Schedule: TH 2:00-5:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Tamie Glass

Explore how designers from the past imagined living in the future. This seminar delves into how designed objects and spaces can enhance experiences, promote well-being, and influence behavior. We will investigate various contexts and design disciplines in an exploratory practice of future-shaping. Drawing upon insights and research from psychology and sociology, we will analyze behavioral prompts that can strategically encourage different forms of engagement. Imaginative case studies, illuminating readings, and futures design will provide the basis for speculative concepting activities and a deeper understanding of life in the decades and centuries to come. Our driving question: how can and should design enable how we want to live, work, and play? 

ITD 330T: Play-Design Lab

Mode: In-Person
Room: ART 3.218
Schedule: W 11:00-2:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Keila Perez

In this course, we explore the emerging field of play-design and its potential to create better conditions in our rapidly changing societies. It will examine how play can contribute to the development of social and creative processes exploring boundary lines of a practice in designing for play and designing through play. Through studio sessions, participants will gain a deeper understanding of play design theory as well as embodied experiences of play to inform design choices in their projects. We will experiment with various playful qualities, such as imagination, exploration, storytelling, risk-taking, humor, joy, and pleasure, among others.

ITD 330T: Intro to Design in Health

Mode: In-Person
Room: ART 3.218
Schedule: T 5:00-8:00pm
Session: Long Semester
Instructor: Byron Wilson

Introduction to how design is playing a role in the changing healthcare industry. Students can expect to explore the creative design-based approaches and problem-solving methods and their application to solving contemporary health care challenges.

ITD 110T: Porfolio Design

Mode: In-Person
Room: AHG 1.308
Schedule: MW 12:30-2:00pm
Session: First & Second
Instructor: Edward McFarland-Catalan

Five-week course designed to help design students enhance their portfolios and, in turn, their employability and success in the field.

We also partner with the Bridging Disciplines Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies to offer a BDP Certificate in Design Strategies. The curriculum to attain the certificate engages students in a design process that includes research and insights; creative problem solving; prototyping and testing; and implementation and presentation — all while learning to apply a critical lens to the social context within which design takes place.

Learn about the Design Strategies BDP