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DSGN 395: Designing Your Life

Quarter Offered

Fall : Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:50am in Ford G.201/205 ; Bruce Ankenman and Kelly Costello
Winter : Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:50am in Ford G.201/205 ; Pam Daniels and Matthew Cummins
Spring : Monday & Wednesday from 12:30-1:50pm in Ford Design Studio 1.230 ; Bruce Ankenman and Pam Daniels




What if you approached your life as a series of design projects? What if there were a class to help you explore the bigger issues of finding your way to a career you'll love, and space to work on crafting a total life that feels "like you"? Inspired by Stanford's course of the same name, this course will include seminar-style discussions, role-playing, short writing assignments, hands-on making, guest speakers, and individual mentoring and coaching. Small group discussions will be held during the class's lab time. (When registering, select one "lab" section which suits your schedule.)

Registration Requirements

Open to all juniors and seniors of any major. Enrollment is limited and we will strive to create a robust class across a range of majors and backgrounds. To enroll, send an introductory e-mail to with a quick description of yourself—what classes you have most enjoyed and why, your major, any prior design experience (which is not required), maybe a few hopes & fears about your future, and anything else you'd like to tell us. Feel free to sketch or write or capture a video—whatever helps you best express these things most easily and authentically.

Class meets twice a week with an additional 1.5 hour lab section at a time of each team's choosing.

Learn more about the instructors, Pam Daniels and Matthew Cummins.

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