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Edward Hirsch
ART 481
Seattle Campus

Field Studies: Design Research Techniques

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edward Hirsch
Date: 09/27/2011