In this course, students had to demonstrate competency with tools, technology, skills, and materials in the exploration, creation, and production of products, artifacts, environments, systems, communication solutions,
This course allowed students to develop their thesis project as previously defined in the Design Research III course. In this project-based course, students engaged in problem-solving using all the skills, tools, and methods they acquired previously. Individual thesis projects were fully developed and documented. Students were expected to test their hypothesis and provide evidence their product, service, or system aligned with their design brief and the problem they sought to address.
This biweekly course was divided between individual meetings, group discussions, and sessions reserved for student presentations. The workload and work quality expectations in this course were commensurate with senior-level study. To succeed in this course, students were expected to show advanced design skills and autonomy.
• Capacity to summarize complex research findings
• Capacity to identify a design opportunity and share its interest and relevancy
• Capacity to forge a diagnostic and translate it into an effective design brief
• Capacity to define a development strategy
• Capacity to define a comprehensive work itinerary
• Capacity to account for contingencies
• Design Brief
• Concept Ideation
• Concept Validation
• Concept Refinement and Execution