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Foundation for Graduate Design Studies

DESIGN 6200: Foundation for Graduate Design Studies

Expectations, orientation, and available resources in the department and university. Historical and contextual groundwork of the discipline of design through the study of a broad range of contemporary and emerging research approaches.
Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Design grad students only, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 785. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours




By the end of this semester, students should successfully be able to:
  • Understand what design research is and the general research process in design
  • Understand and compare different ways to conduct research in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • Understand research paradigms
  • Understand how to organize literature reviews and research agendas
  • Visually communicate research ideas and results to an audience

Required Textbooks and other printed materials

  • All required and weekly course materials references are provided in Carmen for download or online reading
  • All “Student’s book of choice” are available at OSU library and links to library reference are provided in the “6200 Book List” on Carmen

Digital readings

  • All required readings will be posted to Carmen

Course Organization

This is an 3 credit hour course that meets in-person

Sample Coursework

Students can expect:
  • Reading assignments
  • Group discussions
  • Participation and attendance required

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