Integrative Design master of science degree

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Overview

Further your understanding of the design process as you prepare to work with creative development teams.


The integrative design program enables students with artistic, technical, engineering, and management backgrounds to study and successfully engage with creative development teams. This design master’s degree develops your understanding of the theories, methods, processes of design, and their application in product and service development.

The MS in integrative design establishes a variety of creative design thinking techniques in areas such as systems thinking, brainstorming, immersions, contextual relevance, and empathy will be used to develop an in-depth understanding of the design process, the product/service life cycle, product/service feasibility, and the integration of social responsibility in product/service design. The program enables students with artistic, technical, engineering, and management backgrounds to study and to successfully engage within creative development teams.

Industries


  • Design

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Manufacturing

  • Non-Profit

Curriculum

Integrative design, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IDDE-721
Elements and Methods
An introductory experience building the visual, verbal and cognitive understanding of three-dimensional design elements and principles. Projects focus on the design processes through the study of abstraction and developing the ability to see, organize, and manipulate (explore) elements to achieve the desired sensory responses.
3
IDDE-726
Visualization I: Development
This course is an introduction to drawing objects and three-dimensional space as a means of developing and communicating design concepts. Students will understand and use the basics of perspective sketching, mechanical perspective, grids and orthogonal views to communicate design concepts.
3
IDDE-731
Design Studio I: Concepts
Theoretical and pragmatic approaches to responsible design practices are developed through processes of iteration, divergent/convergent thinking and critical analysis. Projects focus on human-centered approaches and the contextual relevance of products, service and systems.
3
IDDE-722
Emotion and Implementation
3
IDDE-727
Visualization II: Communication
Design Communications continues developing more advanced visualization techniques, while expanding on visual communication skills, such as storytelling, graphic layout and presentations. Exercises will introduce students to various types of analog and digital visual communication techniques.
3
IDDE-732
Design Studio II: Capstone
The course focuses on the application of design methods and processes, design thinking, problem solving, concept development and implementation of a final capstone project. Students’ work with faculty and advisors in establishing a design project that enhances the student’s individual area of study related to their academic and/or specialized areas of interest and career goals. Emphasis will be placed on collaborating with multidisciplinary partners and external resources such as clients or project sponsors. Course culminates with a public presentation of the design solution.
3
 
Free Electives
12
Total Semester Credit Hours
30

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in integrative design program, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • Submit a personal statement of purpose (300-500 words) detailing the attributes you bring to graduate study, including professional goals you wish to achieve.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

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