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Exploration in Graduate Design Studies

DESIGN 6300: Exploration in Graduate Design Studies

Exploration and discovery in future-oriented domains of design practice and research. Students will practice the tools for exploration including reading, writing, making, planning, and reflection in order to establish their own research path.
Prereq: Design grad students only, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 787. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs.
Credit Hours


This course is a seminar in which students will explore theories and methods for advanced design-based inquiry. The course will provide students with an opportunity to articulate their research orientation, focusing on “problematization”—how to approach a situation or topic of inquiry. The course will offer frameworks to contextualize questions within a broader field


At the end of the course successful students should be able, at an advanced level, to:
  • Problematize a research project
  • Define and scope research questions
  • Understand epistemic and methodological differences between research conducted in different disciplines
  • Use conjecturing as problematizing methodology
  • Create a cohesive first year review thesis thread short paper and portfolio documenting their work

Course Materials

  • Reading and resources will be listed in detail on the syllabus

Course Organization

This is a 3 credit hour course that meets once a week for 2 hours

Sample Coursework

Students can expect:
  • Group discussions and assigned readings
  • Lecture, group meetings, and presentations

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