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DSGN 384-1: Interdisciplinary Design Projects I

Quarter Offered

Fall : Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:20 pm in Ford G.205 ; John Anderson/Dan Brown
Winter : Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:20 p.m. in Ford G.201/G.205 ; John Anderson/John Lake and Stacy Benjamin/Barbara Shwom


DSGN 106-1,2 or DSGN 208 Enrollment is restricted to junior- and senior-level students. Instructor consent is required.


In the DSGN 384-1,2 course sequence, students work in teams on interdisciplinary projects in a learn-by-doing format. Each team works on one project across both quarters, for 20 weeks. The first quarter emphasizes project research, concept development, and professional communication, and it includes lectures on advanced topics in design. The quarter culminates in a conceptual design and a design review. The second quarter focuses on project implementation and continued professional communication.

The projects focus on the engineering side of design. While users are still a consideration, they are not the primary focus as in the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) sequence. Students are expected to apply the discipline-specific knowledge from their upper-level courses.

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