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Graduate / Degree Requirements

The core curriculum for the graduate program is comprised of seminars, studios and independent study. In addition, students work closely with faculty to identify other classes (as well as special learning opportunities/projects) that correspond to their interests and objectives for graduate study.

Design core seminars address critical issues in design through research, reading, writing, presentation and discussion. All seminars are cross-discilpinary, with students from Interaction Design, Industrial Design, and Visual Communication Design contributing to a lively, collaborative atmosphere. Seminars meet twice a week during the first five quarters of study.

Design Studios provide a means for exploring a wide range of ideas and influences in the context of applied design. Graduate students fulfill studio requirements through praticipation in Interaction Design studios, or independent study with design faculty.

Throughout the academic year, a number of unique learning opportunities are presented. These special projects may be suitable for an individual or a larger group of students, usually under the direction of design faculty, often with corporate sponsorship. Graduate students are encouraged to pursue these opportunities when in alignment with their personal areas of interest.

About the Thesis

The thesis is an opportunity to enrich the field of design with an original contribution. It may exist as a written document, designed artifact, multimedia presentation or any combination of the above. Graduate thesis projects have covered a wide range of topics and reflect both the interests of the student and the concerns of the program with forward-looking investigations into the professional, technological and social questions facing the discipline. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the significant resources of the University to further their interests while extending the influence of design into the larger community.

During the Spring Quarter of their first year, each student is responsible for developing a proposal and organizing a thesis committee. The committee must consist of at least two faculty, one of whom is the Chair. Students work closely with their Chair and committee throughout the project. In the final three quarters of study, degree candidates produce a substantial thesis document and/or exhibition that can be publicly presented. In addition, students are required to give a public presentation on their thesis prior to graduation.

Year One

Autumn Quarter: 15-18 Credits

DES 581 Graduate Seminar in Design (5)
DES 582 Design Studio (5)
Elective (5)
GRDSCH 610 Graduate School Teaching Mentorship (3)**
**GRDSCH 610 is required only if you are assigned to TA in the Winter Quarter.

Winter Quarter: 15-18 Credits

DES 581 Graduate Seminar in Design (5)
DES 582 Graduate Studio in Design (5)
Elective (5)
GRDSCH 610 Graduate School Teaching Mentorship (3)**
**GRDSCH 610 is required only if you are assigned to TA in the Spring Quarter.

Spring Quarter: 15 Credits

DES 581 Graduate Seminar in Design (5)
DES 582 Design Studio (5)
Elective (5)

 

Year Two

Autumn Quarter: 15 Credits

DES 595 Thesis Prep (5)
Electives (10)

Winter Quarter: 15 Credits

DES 700 Masters Thesis (10)
Elective (5)

Spring Quarter: 15 Credits

DES 700 Masters Thesis (10)
Elective (5)

 

Graduate School Minimum Requirements

A student must satisfy the requirements for the degree that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded. At least 36 credits must be completed

  1. All courses numbered 400–799 that are numerically graded 2.7 and above, or have a grade of Satisfactory or Credit (S or CR) count toward the 36 credit total.
  2. 498, “Special Topics,” and 499 are not counted in the 36 credit total.
  3. Courses graded less than 2.7 do not count towards the 36 credit total.
  4. At least 18 credits must be in courses numbered 500 and above.
  5. 18 credits must be numerically graded in department approved 400-level courses accepted as part of the major and in all 500-level courses. This excludes 498 and 499 and transfer credits.
  6. If a student repeats a non-repeatable class, only one set of credits counts toward the 36 credit total.

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