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DSGN 300: Designing Your Life

Quarter Offered

Fall : Sec 1: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:50am, Pam Daniels, Studio 3 Ford 3.210 ; Sec 2: Monday 6:00-9:00pm, Bruce Ankenman and Kelly Costello, Studio 3 Ford 3.210
Winter : Sec 1: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:50am, Kim Hoffman & Chris Naunheimer, Studio 3 Ford 3.210 ; Sec 2: Monday 6:00-9:00pm, Bruce Ankenman and Joya Fain, Studio 3 Ford 3.210
Spring : Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30-10:50am, Studio 3 Ford 3.210 ; Pam Daniels and Bruce Ankenman




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 wildly popular class of the same name, this course includes 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 a separate lab time of each team’s choosing.

Curious to learn more? Check out this video created by Designing your Life alums.

Registration Requirements

Open to all juniors and seniors of any major; no prerequisites.  To join the class, send a statement of interest to the teaching team at Segal,and let us know whether you prefer the Monday evening section (6-9p) or Tu/Th from 9:30-10:50a

Bruce Ankenman at
Kim Hoffman at

Enrollment is limited and we strive to create a robust class across a range of majors and backgrounds. Share 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.

Required Texts

There are two required books for the course. They will be available on reserve at the main library if you prefer not to purchase them:

Creative Confidence, by Tom & David Kelley
ISBN: 978-0385349369

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Joyful, Well-lived Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
ISBN: 978-1101875322

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