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Take A Design Course

Explore your design interest

Take A Design Course

There are a variety of ways for a Northwestern student to study design with the Segal Design Institute.

Northwestern students in good standing may choose to take a design course without being enrolled in one of our programs (which include MaDE and the Segal Design Certificate). This flexibility provides the opportunity to explore an interest in design without committing to an entire program of study.

There are three levels of design courses available through the Segal Design Institute for Northwestern undergraduate students: Introduction to Human-Centered Design Courses, Core Design Courses, and Capstone Design Courses (detailed below).

In addition to the courses listed below, Segal Design Institute offers many other courses. Many of our undergraduate courses are available to Northwestern students as space permits. Graduate courses give priority to students within a Segal Design Institute graduate program. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Please view the course listing table for additional information. 

View the course listing table

A student may also to pursue a combination of courses in order to complete the requirements for the Segal Design Certificate. For more details about the Segal Design Certificate, please visit here.

Students interested in additional design education might also consider applying to our Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI) master's degree program.


Introduction to Human-Centered Design Courses

Intermediate Design Courses

Capstone Design Courses

Featured Courses


If you have questions about which of our courses might be right for you, please email our curriculum support staff.

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