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Segal Design Certificate

Solve real design problems for real clients.

Segal Design Certificate

The Segal Design Certificate is a set of courses and projects that build design knowledge and skills and is available to any undergraduate at Northwestern interested in gaining a competitive edge in their professional career.

Working in team-based, cross-disciplinary settings, students pursuing the certificate focus on innovative design processes to solve real problems for real clients. The program culminates with each student generating a design portfolio that is presented at a Segal Design Expo.

Who Should Enroll?

Any Northwestern undergraduate interested in augmenting his or her education with a strong understanding of innovative design processes can pursue the Segal Design Certificate.

To learn more, download this one-page information sheet about the Segal Design Certificate for interested Northwestern students and their advisors.

Curriculum & Requirements

Certificate students must take the following:

Design Portfolio

Certificate students must produce and present a design portfolio that enables them to reflect on their entire design education and demonstrates their experience and accomplishments. They must also complete their baccalaureate degree from Northwestern.

Learn more about curriculum and requirements

Deadlines

Junior Year

During their junior year, interested students should submit the intent to pursue form, indicating their desire to enroll in the Segal Design Certificate program.

Senior Year

At least two weeks before their final quarter at Northwestern, certificate students must submit a completed petition to receive form. Portfolio presentations are typically scheduled as part of students’ final deliverable for the DSGN 370 course at a Segal Design Expo.

Advising

Advising is completed by appointment. Students within McCormick may contact Stacy Benjamin, director of the Segal Design Certificate. Students outside McCormick may contact John Anderson.

The certificate is highly customizable, and we advise students on an individual basis. It is generally recommended that students take the portfolio class during fall quarter of their senior year, so they can use their portfolio for job interviews later that year.

How to Enroll

During their sophomore or junior year, interested students should submit the intent to pursue form, indicating their desire to enroll in the Segal Design Certificate program. Students must take Design Thinking and Communication course before submitting the form. Engineering Students who have not taken DTC during their first year should take it before declaring their intent to pursue the Segal Design Certificate. Students outside McCormick can take Design Thinking and Doing to fulfill the pre-requisite.

Petition to Receive

At least two weeks before their final quarter at Northwestern, certificate students must submit a completed petition to receive form.

Contact Us

For more information about the Segal Design Certificate program, please email Stacy Benjamin (for students within McCormick) and email John Anderson (for students outside McCormick).

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