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Change by Design

ARTDES 314 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 125
Instructor(s): Tobier, Nick
Schedule: Wed 1:45p-4:45p
Modality: Hybrid


Fall 2021

Change by Design works together to cre­ate social impact through design & entre­pre­neur­ship. Together with Detroit Com­mu­nity Schools, stu­dents empha­size prob­lem iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to pro­to­type ideas, build objects, develop inno­va­tions and processes, and refine these through field work, val­i­da­tion, and test­ing. These are real world chal­lenges that stu­dents tackle together as they acknowl­edge the need for the design world to stop talk­ing big and start doing good; to put prob­lem-solv­ing skills to work on some of the biggest global issues; and to design for cre­ativ­ity, inno­va­tion, health, poverty, home­less­ness, edu­ca­tion, and more. This work demands skilled hands, big hearts, big­ger busi­ness sense, and the courage to strive towards non-nor­ma­tive work that can inspire, chal­lenge, and respond with vision and sen­si­tiv­ity. Multi-dis­ci­pli­nary stu­dent teams work hands-on through rough and final pro­to­types. They design draw­ing and devel­op­ment of con­cepts, logos, and brand­ing strate­gies; learn a the­o­ret­i­cal frame­work for social entre­pre­neur­ship and design think­ing; and explore the indi­vid­ual skills and will nec­es­sary to respond to com­plex social needs, both local and global, while con­nect­ing across age, race and class. They turn the­ory into action by design­ing and car­ry­ing out a project rooted in com­mu­nity con­nec­tion. Stu­dents will need to pass a back­ground check in order to par­tic­i­pate in this course. FRE­QUENCY OF OFFER­ING: This course is typ­i­cally offered in the fall term of every aca­d­e­mic year, though sched­ul­ing may vary accord­ing to future term circumstances.
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