Extending learning of the first class

Led by Executive Director Dr. Julie Schell and Assistant Dean Doreen Lorenzo, the School of Design and Creative Technologies' Executive and Extended Education program extends world-class design thinking courses, trainings, and workshops for businesses, nonprofits and K-12 and higher education institutions as well as individual learners.

2020 SDCT Summer Design Camp

The School of Design and Creative Technologies offers six different camp options for high school students. 

Past Events

Game Design Summer Institute

Graphic Design Summer Institute Sponsored by Southwest Airlines

HDO x SDCT Design Thinking Workshops

We Don't Teach, You Learn

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What We Offer

Julie Schell

Courses & Workshops

Our signature offering is called Think Before You Design Think (TBYDT).

Human-centered design is transformative. It challenges you to confront problems from radically different perspectives and it offers a framework for developing creative solutions to those problems, which is essential to staying innovative and excelling in today’s workplace. This is why design-led organizations (like Apple, IBM, and Google) outperform their competitors on the S&P by more than 200 percent.

This introductory design thinking course has helped Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits develop infrastructures that support innovation, allowing them to grow and impact the world using human-centered design practices. To help diffuse design thinking throughout your organization, we offer many different versions of Think Before You Design Think, including a 3-day intensive, 1- or 2-day kick-starters, online course design and delivery, train-the-trainer models, and executive training. We also offer open enrollment courses for individuals, as well as custom courses that are tailored to your company's individual needs.

Design Sprints and Executive Education


We offer state-of-the-art design consultation services in the areas of innovation design, human-centered design, service design, interior and space design, interaction design, experience design, game design, integrated design, learning space design, instructional design and learning experience design. Our consultation projects help individuals, businesses and organizations innovate or become innovation ready.

Through in-depth design research, we’ve helped University systems reimagine academic advising for the 21st century and bookstores rethink what it means to be a bookstore in the digital era.

Design Consultancy and Extended Education


We’ve worked with Fortune 500 companies to create online courses, executive workshops and masterclasses, and design sprints. SDCTx offers comprehensive programs for our clients that combine custom courses, research, and projects tailored to specific client needs. We'll work closely with you and your company to co-create a slate of custom engagements and offerings over an extended period of time to effect deep systemic change within your organization.

What People Are Saying

Testimonial for SDCTx

"It was great to see a pro like Julie in action in 'Think Before You Design Think.' I've never worked with a learning scientist and her insights into learning are fascinating. Doreen's participation and insights from her experience in leading design firms like frog design added great color from a 'real- world' perspective. They are both great at what they do." 
—International Financial Services Company

Think Before You Design Think testimonial

"I wish everyone I work with could take 'Think Before You Design Think' from UT Austin. Thank you!" 
—Fortune 500 Company

Think Before You Design Think testimonial

"Thank you! I feel so much gratitude to be able to participate in this engaging design thinking workshop and am excited to apply it to my wicked work issues as a team manager." 
—International Financial Services Company

Meet the Team

Julie Schell, Executive Director of Learning Design, Effectiveness and Innovation

Julie Schell, Executive Director of Learning Design, Effectiveness and Innovation

Doreen Lorenzo, Associate Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies

Doreen Lorenzo, Associate Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies

Michelle Harris, Manager of Executive and Extended Education

Michelle Harris, Manager of Executive and Extended Education

Edgardo Irizarry, Project Manager

Edgardo Irizarry, Assistant Director for Business Development

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Cassidy C Browning, Executive Assistant

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Caroline Heywood, Project Manager

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