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.

Spring 2023 Undergraduate Courses

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.

Full Course List

5-Week Courses

  • ITD 101 Intro to Integrated Design, unique: 21794
  • NEW! ITD 106 Improv for Design, unique: 21819
  • NEW! ITD 110T Harm By Design, unique: 21823, 21824
  • ITD 111 Intro to Design for Artificial Intelligence, unique: 21818
  • ITD 150 Co-Designing Peace, unique: 21827
  • NEW! ITD 150 Design's Impact on Creating Artificial Intelligence, unique: 21828
  • ITD 150 Deviant Design-wb, unique: 21826
  • ITD 150 Digital Prototyping-wb, unique: 21829

Full Semester Courses

  • ITD 102 Sketching for Thinking and Communication-wb, unique: 21815
  • ITD 301D Intro to Design Thinking, unique: 21795, 21800, 21810, 21805
  • NEW! ITD 310 Integrating Design, unique: 21822

Application Courses*

  • ITD 380 Design Thinking (graduate), unique: 21840
  • [CANCELLED] ITD 170 Deloitte Studio, unique: 21821

New Courses

NEW! ITD 106 Improv for Design

Faculty: Shannon Stott
Unique: 21819
In this course we explore and experience effective and ineffective methods of communicating without language. Expect to use and practice space, gesture, backchanneling and other non-verbal human interactions to gain a fuller understanding of the messages you are sending and receiving as you and others move through the world. Begin the journey of becoming more connected to the many facets of you and others in order to deepen and stabilize your personal and professional relationships.

NEW! ITD 110T Harm By Design

Faculty: Elizabeth Riddell
Uniques: 21823, 21824
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.

NEW! ITD 150 Design's Impact on Creating Artificial Intelligence

Faculty: Kevin McDonald
Unique: 21828
Design thinking can help companies MAP their systems to understand how and where AI fit; MONITOR + MANAGE AI; and CREATE new interfaces centered around the kind of information that AI delivers users. This class will focus on the tangible mechanisms that designers can/should/will employ in working with AI with the primary goal to go deeper and codify the relationships between AI and Interaction Design in more meaningful and clear ways.

NEW! ITD 310 Integrating Design

Faculty: DiMitri Higginbotham
Unique: 21822
In this new class, students will focus on integrating design into your own fields of study and interest. The basis of the class will be student-driven projects that pick your own topic and use design methods and mindsets.

ITD 101 Intro to Integrated Design

Faculty: Gray Garmon
Unique: 21794
Introduction to the concept of design thinking as a core fundamental in education and industry across all disciplines and channels. Guest speakers may facilitate discussion of various innovation issues facing businesses today. Class meets Jan 10 - Feb 7

ITD 301D Intro to Design Thinking

Faculty: Various
Unique: 21795, 21800, 21810, 21805
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 102 Sketching for Thinking and Communication-wb

Faculty: Joe Meersman
Unique: 21815
Sketching is the fastest way to convey ideas, whether in an ideation session or just taking notes in a meeting. Designed to help students learn the basic elements of sketching to visualize concepts and quickly bring alignment to any team.

ITD 111 Intro to Design for Artificial Intelligence

Faculty: Abhay Agarwal
Unique: 21818
Introduction to exploring design as a problem-solving tool for real-world scenarios posed from artificial intelligence and robotics. Class meets Jan 11 - Feb 8

ITD 150 Co-Designing Peace

Faculty: Gray Garmon
Unique: 21827
Apply the methods of Design to reimagine our creative human abilities to contribute to individual, communal, environmental and global Peace.

ITD 150 Deviant Design-wb

Faculty: Jared Culp
Unique: 21826
Explore the design of the so-called "deviant" based on economy, aesthetics, urbanism, and ideology. Class meets Feb 15 - Mar 22

ITD 150 Digital Prototyping-wb

Faculty: Joe Meersman
Unique: 21829
Explore the different ways to create digital prototypes and discover the various tools available to make and share a digital prototype. Taught as a Web-based course. Class meets Jan 10 - Feb 7

Spring 2023 Graduate Courses

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

ITD 380 Design Thinking

Faculty: N/A
Unique: 21840
Explores the concepts of design thinking and human-centered design methods, with a focus on design process and problem solving. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Bridging Disciplines Program

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