Introducing the College of Design

Students in DES 1170 on a field trip

For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the new topics course DES 1170: Introducing the College of Design.

Offered for the first time during the spring 2017 semester, DES 1170 was developed by Patricia Hemmis, Marilyn DeLong, and Laureen Gibson to provide students with an in-depth introduction to the college. “In this course, students experience design through the various fields housed within the college. They learn how the fields identify, define, and solve problems while getting familiar with the design process and our college,” explained Interim Dean Becky Yust.

The one-credit course is open to first-year students and meets every other Friday for two hours. Each class period features a different faculty member who leads the students through an activity related to the faculty member’s field of study. “The class periods are not lectures. We are a college that makes things, so the course focuses on hands-on experiences while helping students explore the college’s resources,” said Yust.

Students in DES 1170 learn about Retail Merchandising

Students in DES 1170 learn about retail merchandising.

Throughout the spring semester, students discussed and experimented with everything from two-dimensional design in screen printing to exploring affordable housing along the Metro Green Line.

“I learned a lot through actually implementing a sped up design process. I really liked the basics of sketching all ideas that people had without turning any idea down,” said one student after exploring the product design process with Associate Professor Barry Kudrowitz and Managing Technician Kevin Groenke.

Students show off their screen printed T-shirts.

Students show off their screen printed T-shirts.

This fall there will be two sections of the class. Lead by Yust, the course will have 40 students and feature 10 faculty members and one staff member.

“Through this class, students will gain an understanding of the different design processes used throughout the college. They also will learn how to use the resources available in our college to advance their class projects and to get to know and appreciate working with other students and faculty from different design majors,” concluded Yust.

Learn more about DES 1170.

Photos courtesy of Laureen Gibson.


  • Kathy McCarthy

    Inquiring if there is any possibility or interest for the following.
    We are in need of some design ideas for upcoming redo of our property as we will be losing ash tress. Possible opportunity for students to receive class credit.

    Thank you for consideration.

    Twin Lake North Condominiums
    4710 58th Avenue N.
    Crystal Mn. 55429

    Contact: Kathy McCarthy.

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