Students develop an understanding of significant theoretical models related to design through a series of readings, lectures, discussions, and assignments. Prerequisite: ART 386; ART 387.
This course introduces students to design research methods -- tools for inquiry that foster innovation and facilitate design activity.
Student learning goals
Gain an understanding of what Design Research is, and how it fits in design projects
Become familiar a range of design research methods, and an ability to determine when and how each is used
Develop practical understanding of how to collect and analyze data, and how to translate research findings into design decisions
General method of instruction
Working individually and in groups, students gain practical experience with a range of methods, and develop a capacity for planning and evaluating research efforts.
This course is intended for advanced undergraduates in design, and for practitioners and graduate students lack a strong design research background. It is particularly geared towards students preparing to begin work on their senior capstone and master’s thesis projects.
Class assignments and grading