Design Thinking: Human Centered Design Practices for Creatives

DES 205 : 

1 credit – online

  • Dates: January 25 – March 28
  • Times: 6 – 9 PM
  • Meetings: 10
  • Days: Thursdays
  • Instructor: Salina Almanzar-Oree


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Design Thinking is a way of creatively thinking through problems or opportunities that taps into the human at the center. In this course, we will walk through 5 principles or phases, spending one to two days on each phase. The phases include the following major Design Thinking ideas: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. Though this method of work is often associated with engineers, we will discuss Design Thinking as a praxis that can amplify collaborative art projects and provide a necessary foundation for artists interested in community based or socially engaged art. Students should come with open minds and a willingness to be comfortable with the unfamiliar and an openness to working with others. Students will leave with a workshopped project or idea and a plan to execute that project or idea with a design thinking and human centered framework. 

This class will meet as follows:

6 pm – 7 pm -Asynchronous Content

7 pm – 8:30 pm -Synchronous Content

8:30 pm – 9 pm -Individual check-ins and/or Office Hours

This course must meet minimum enrollment by January 18 in order to run. Register today! 

Supply List

  • A email address – PCA&D uses Google Classroom for online classes. Gmail accounts are free to create.
  • Computer/tablet/internet-enabled device with mic/camera
  • Internet access
  • A dedicated journal or notebook for assignments
  • Additional Prototype materials will be discussed in class
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