The history and interpretation of innovation is an important course for students to understand, define and distinguish from creative conjecture. A variety of case studies throughout human history is used to look at various aspects of innovation and causal triggers such as culture, environment, teamwork, adversity, intuition and ingenuity. Students are asked to compare and contrast historical innovation vs. proclaimed innovation. Students apply their finding toward the development of a personal definition of innovation and the role design management plays in creating the potential for innovation to occur.
DMGT 706 Idea Visualization
Drawing is the core skill with which designers create, communicate and collaborate. In order to have a commanding presence in interdisciplinary collaborative sessions, the design manager must be proficient in drawing and diagramming in front of a group of people. The result of this proficiency is the emergence of a culture of rapid prototyping as the images produced become 2-D models of a community of ideas. In this course, the focus is on real-time sketching and diagramming among groups in order to: enhance right-brain activity; effectively summarize issues; empower and extract ideas from everyone; and foster collaboration through shared imagery.
DMGT 710 Design, Chaos and Complexity
This course challenges students to develop a precise understanding of how complex systems work and prepares them to apply design thinking in conjunction with concepts from complexity science to effectively managing change. Complexity is defined as "a great many independent agents that are interacting with each other in a great many ways." The course prepares students to develop solutions to so called "wicked problems" that involve multiple systems and players, where the design manager is both an agent of change, working to accelerate the diffusion of new ideas and innovation among disparate groups of individuals and entities, and a manager of the change process.
DMGT 720 Design Innovation Development and Marketing Strategies
This course presents the principles of project planning and implementation critical to forming a profitable, successful new business entity. Business plan development, technology transfer, offshore sourcing, and alliances with partners and suppliers are integrated into the student’s design skill set toward the end of achieving innovation in the marketplace. Moreover, projects undertaken in this course teach the student to develop original design concepts into commercially marketed and sold products, communications, environments or services.
DMGT 732 Facilitating Creative Thinking
Successful design managers need to be able to create the conditions for creative thinking and innovation within an organization composed of a wide variety of professionals, most of whom are not familiar with design thinking. This course prepares students to lead teams in the envisioning of new ideas and solutions by developing skills in framing, imaging, and group interaction as they apply the process of design conceptualization outside of the familiar domain of studio skills. In a series of simulations and group exercises, the students acquire experience in idea facilitation through working successfully with non-design people in a creative mode. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 711.
DMGT 740 Sustainable Practices in Design
Sustainable practice in industry calls for an end to the notion that commerce and the environment are diametrically opposed to each other. Building off of groundbreaking work that reframes world commerce as the only force large enough to enact change at a global level, this course prepares students to apply design thinking to the greatest of all problems: building a sustainable ecologic, economic and social culture in industry. To this end, design management principles are directed toward the convergence of ideals with reality into a harmonic industry: design. Prerequisite(s): SDES 704 or SUST 704.
DMGT 743 Studies in Perceptual and Cognitive Human Factors
Understanding and applying the science of human factors is essential in the design of any solution that is to be used, perceived or operated by a human being. This course explores the physical, psychological, perceptual and behavioral characteristics of humans. Through a series of lectures and projects, this information is applied to interaction design to develop usable, desirable and effective products and communications. Prerequisite(s): IDUS 711.
DMGT 747 Collaboration at a Distance
Today’s global economy demands that tomorrow’s professionals be able to manage projects with people and organizations all over the world. Bolstered by the trends in outsourcing, particularly to China, management of design, whether in multi-national companies or in local entrepreneurial ventures, demands that students be prepared to communicate explicitly with their partners and counterparts who they may never meet in person. In this course the students work as a team with partners in international locations to achieve a coordinated resolution to a design project that combines concept exploration, prototyping, production and marketing into a cohesive feasibility model. Prerequisite(s): SDES 704.
DMGT 748 Design Management M.A. Final Project
Through a rigorous project in the management of a complex design process, the student demonstrates the mastery of the issues, methods and tools of design management. Based on a topic developed by the student, the outcome of the design process is manifested in a tangible artifact that satisfies the needs of the customer, market, producer and organization. Thorough documentation and a formal project presentation, students demonstrate their control of the design process and resolution of conflicting issues related to innovation. Prerequisite(s): DMGT 720 and completion of the review for candidacy.
DMGT 750 Collaborative Culture in Design Organizations
This course provides opportunities to learn and apply organizational and design management theory directly to the management of design organizations. In addition, students participate in classroom exercises that emphasize leadership experience, decision-making and communication skills. Prerequisite(s): SDES 704.
DMGT 765 Business and Design Practicum
In this course, students are presented with case studies and situational projects that emphasize the analysis of business practice pertaining to the design of products, visual communications, environments or services. Plans and proposals are formulated and subjected to the scrutiny of their potential for sustainable business development, feasibility and contribution to people’s well-being. Students acquire the vocabulary and structure of commerce as design. Prerequisite(s): DMGT 720.
DMGT 775 Idea Management in Business
Design managers must work in the context of and in partnership with the business of product development, marketing and engineering. This course introduces the student to a new way of framing, planning and presenting their designed concepts as part of an overall business objective. Students are introduced to the concepts of brand, strategic planning, communication and collaboration. Working with knowledge gained from the industry, partners and mentors bring firsthand knowledge to students as they develop coherent business practices that guide their subsequent design studio work. Prerequisite(s): DMGT 720.
DMGT 779F Graduate Field Internship
Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
DMGT 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
DMGT 783 Design Futures: Trends, Foresight and Intuition
This course introduces the student to the nature of trends: their verifiable causes, consequences and implications. Successfully interpreting trends at both the macro and micro level informs the design manager with foresight: fluid alternative images of futures that form the basis for rational intuition, a blend of left and right brain thinking that speeds up and consensus building and decision making in organizations. Through a series of projects and case studies, students develop their own skills in identifying and framing trends that affect the design enterprise. Prerequisite(s): IACT 701 or LXFM 730 or SDES 704 and completion of the review for candidacy.
DMGT 790 Design Management M.F.A. Thesis
All design management M.F.A. students are required to prepare an original thesis that researches an area of their particular focus. The thesis culminates in a comprehensive written document, in conjunction with a conclusive presentation of a design concept, business model and demonstration of an original methodology. Prerequisite(s): DMGT 775 and completion of the review for candidacy.