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DTC Student Resources

Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) students can get help in a variety of areas at Northwestern:

Prototyping and Fabrication Lab Introduction

Lab equipment introduction is required for all DTC students.

Learn more about lab resources and equipment introductions

Important Dates

DTC-1 (DSGN 106-1)
This course is taught in the fall and winter quarters and culminates in a design project fair held on a Saturday preceding exam week.

DTC-2 (DSGN 106-2)
The second half of DTC is taught in the spring quarter. Students finish the course with an oral presentation that takes place during the regularly scheduled exam period for their section.

Course Materials

Design Thinking and Communication materials, including the syllabus, are available through Northwestern's Learning Management System (Canvas).

  • Design Thinking and Communication: Principles and Practice (2009 ed.) is available in a print edition at Quartet Copies (825 Clark Street in Evanston). During the academic year, the most recent version is available online for DTC students through Blackboard.
  • Graphics Concepts is available at the Norris Center Bookstore.
  • Other readings are available online.


View these useful forms for DTC students:


Since DTC is taught by faculty from most engineering disciplines, it is an excellent opportunity to get informal advising about potential majors and minors. In addition, since many design faculty have experience and connections in the industry, DTC also provides the chance to learn about various career paths in engineering.

Course Description

Read the description of the Design Thinking and Communication course.

DTC course description

Course Section & Location

Except for the Monday lectures, all DTC classes meet in the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center studio classrooms on the ground floor, G.201, G.205, G.211. Monday lectures take place in the Technological Institute. Complete information on section locations and instructors can be found through CAESAR.

If you have questions about registration, switching sections, or dropping or adding sections, please contact Casey Russell.

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