Fall 1 Thesis*

DES 385C

Thesis Studio I
Explore principles and techniques of design across disciplines through project work in a studio setting. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Fall 1 Studios+

DES 380

Core Course in Design
Introduction to design process, research, and methodologies. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

DES 397C

Design Pedagogy and Instruction*
Covers theory and research related to the pedagogy of design. Explores creation of design learning experiences. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Fall 1 Seminars

DES 184

Design Documentation and Storytelling
Covers portfolio creation and other tools related to documenting and communicating design work. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of the graduate adviser, and consent of instructor.

DES 184D

Design Perspectives
Explore design approaches, subfields, practices, and media through workshops, projects or lectures led by industry professionals, visiting instructors, and/or University faculty and graduate students. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of the graduate adviser, and consent of instructor.

DES 184E

The Art of Critique*
Explore methods, frameworks, and practice in giving and receiving feedback in a design studio setting. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of the graduate adviser, and consent of instructor.

Fall 1 Electives^

300 Level Elective

Spring 1 Thesis*

DES 385D

Thesis Studio II (Review 1)
Build upon principles and techniques of design across disciplines through project work in a studio setting. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser; Design 385C or 685C.

Spring 1 Studios+

DES 385K

Topics in Visual Design Studio
Studio-based exploration of techniques and concepts specific to visual design. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

DES 184F

Material Explorations
Consider materials in design applications. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

DES 385L

Topics in Interaction Design Studio
Studio-based exploration of techniques and concepts specific to interaction design. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

DES 385M

Topics in Industrial Design Studio
Studio-based examination of techniques and concepts specific to industrial design. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Spring 1 Seminars

DES 384C

Design Criticism*
Thinking, writing and talking about design. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of the graduate adviser; consent of instructor.

Spring 1 Electives^

300 Level Elective

OR

DES 398T

Supervised Teaching in Design*
Training and teaching under the close supervision of the course instructor for one semester; group meetings with the instructor, individual consultations, and reports throughout the teaching period. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in design and graduate standing and appointment as a teaching assistant.

Summer 1 Thesis*

DES 385E

Thesis Studio III
Refine and apply advanced principles and techniques of design across disciplines through project work in a studio setting. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser; Design 385D or 685D.

Summer 1 Studios+

Summer 1 Seminars

Summer 1 Electives^

DES 395

Fieldwork in Design*
Students conduct fieldwork as part of a collaborative research team and/or under the direction of a project supervisor. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

DES 383

Graduate Projects
Independent study. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

300 Level Elective

Fall 2 Thesis*

DES 385F

Thesis Studio IV
Culminate previous knowledge of principles and techniques of design across disciplines through project work in a studio setting. For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser; Design 385E or 685E.

Fall 2 Studios+

DES 385N

Topics in Service Design Studio*
Studio-based exploration of techniques and concepts specific to service design. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

DES 394

Topics in Advanced Design
Examine design practices in all areas, and their relationship to research. For each semester hour of credit earned, one lecture hour a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, and consent of the graduate adviser.

Fall 2 Seminars

DES 384J

Design in Context
Explore the social, political, historical, legal and economic contexts of design. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of the graduate adviser; consent of instructor.

Fall 2 Electives^

300 Level Elective

Spring 2 Thesis*

DES 398R / 398S

Master’s Report / Exhibition
The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in design and consent of instructor or the graduate adviser.

Spring 2 Studios+

DES 392

Professional Communication of Research
Seminar addressing strategies for communicating design research processes and results to a variety of audiences through vehicles such as exhibitions, scholarly reports, and video recordings. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional laboratory hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

Spring 2 Seminars

Spring 2 Electives^

300 Level Elective

*Minimum 20% of courses to be teaching-focused if that’s the emphasis
+Minimum 65% of courses to be studio-based (Thesis counts as studio)
^Minimum 10% of courses

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