What will I learn?


In a world that is messy and unpredictable, human-centered design offers a set of tools, methods, and abilities to navigate complexity and drive positive change.

Design Thinking Studio will help you develop your own human-centered design process through real world projects, immersive fieldwork, and deep collaboration with teammates from across the university. The class is project-based and emphasizes adopting new behaviors of work. You are expected to show up, try new ways of approaching problems, and contribute to the learning of others.

We will ask you to experience, discuss and develop your own design abilities including: navigating ambiguity, learning from others, synthesizing information, experimenting rapidly, building with intention, moving between concrete and abstract, communicating deliberately and designing your design work, through project partnerships and special guest lectures.

Innovation is accelerated by variety of thought, approaches, and experiences. We’re looking to bring together a diversity of cultures and backgrounds to make this the best class possible.

Enrollment is limited and an application is required.

Learn With

Teaching Team

Kelly Schmutte

Seamus Harte


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  • Winter 2019

  • ME 377

  • 4 Units

  • Letter Grade

  • M/W 1:30-3:20pm

  • Studio 2


Apply by Friday, Nov 30 2018

Accepting 40 students

Open to Graduate students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows, and Postdocs