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ART/DSN 550 International Art History I (3 credits)

The first of two online courses, students will investigate key moments in history that affected art and design, focusing on prehistory through the Renaissance period.

ART/DSN 555 International Art History II (3 credits)

The second of two online courses, students will investigate key moments in history that affected art and design, focusing on the modern (post Renaissance period) era to the present day.

DSN 575 Design Theory and Research (3 credits)

In this course, students address the exploration of research versus information gathering in human behavior and design theories.

DSN 600 Advanced Studio I (3 credits)

An introduction to design thinking, problem seeking, brainstorming, and ideation techniques and strategies.

DSN 605 Advanced Studio II (3 credits)

This online studio will build on Advanced Studio I and continue with more in-depth design thinking, problem seeking, brainstorming and ideation techniques, and strategies. It will spend more time on the discovery and planning stages of the design process.

DSN 611 Special Topics in Design Thinking (3 credits)

Studies of current topics of interest in the area of design thinking with an emphasis on new developments, technology, and/or research. Must be repeated on a different topic for three (3) additional credits. After or concurrent with the required six (6) credits, students may repeat DSN611 up to two additional times on two different topics to satisfy elective requirments.

DSN 615 Readings in Design Thinking (3 credits)

Prerequisite: DSN 575 Design Theory and Research

Students in this course, in conjunction with their thesis/project advisor, select relevant readings to support and foster their research interests. Can be used to fulfill elective requirements.

DSN 640 Design Thinking (3 credits)

An introduction to creative cognition theories, creative intelligence testing, and the methodologies embedded in the design thinking process.

DSN 645  Team Wisdom (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA - Design Thinking concentration; DSN 640 and DSN 600.

This online course will provide students with an overview of team dynamics, team leadership techniques, team protocols, and the appropriate application of interdisciplinary teams.

DSN 670 Environment Behavior (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA - Design Thinking concentration.

This online course will review theories on environment behavior, introduce observational strategies and meanings of relationships to the environment.

DSN 698 Directed Study (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Approval of the directed study supervisor, program coordinator, and advisor. Directed study form must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Semi-autonomous independent research on a design thinking topic of interest to the student. Provides the student with an opportunity to develop a conceptual sophistication on a specific topic. May be repeated twice for a maximum of six (6) credits. Can be used to fulfill elective requirements.

DSN 700 - Advanced Design Studio III (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA - Design Thinking concentration; DSN 605; DSN 640; DSN 670 and DSN 645.

This online course will build on the previous studio and continue with more in-depth design thinking, problem seeking, brainstorming and ideation techniques and strategies. It will spend more time in the discovery and planning stages of the process and finish with evidence of innovative solutions to design challenges.

DSN 705 Advanced Design Studio IV (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA - Design Thinking concentration; DSN 700 and DSN 770.

Building on earlier Advanced Design Studios, this online course will be the final interdisciplinary team studio and students will work to deliver comprehensive solutions for “clients” in emerging economies all over the world. 

DSN 740 Design Management (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA - Design Thinking concentration.

This online course will provide opportunities for studying design management strategies, professional ethics, target markets, and operational theories.

DSN 770 Research Methods (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA - Design Thinking concentration, DSN 575.

This online course examines quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in the design professions.

DSN 790 Research Project/Thesis (1-9 credits)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, MFA – Design Thinking program concentration; ART 550 /DSN 550, ART 555 /DSN 555, DSN 575, DSN 600, DSN 605, DSN 640, DSN 670, DSN 700 and DSN 770.

Development of a graduate project or thesis to be arranged with the approval of the student’s thesis supervisor, advisor, and the dean of the Graduate College. See Graduate College’s requirements for a graduate project or thesis.