The Minor in Innovation and Design (25 credits) equips students with ways of thinking, creating, and intervening in problems in the world in a way that invites collaboration and ethically engages communities. Students will participate in iterative cycles of design thinking, a generative and creative problem solving approach that places the human experience at the heart of its process. The Minor will draw on methods and theoretical perspectives from the human sciences and the design disciplines.
The Minor in Innovation and Design is open to allUW Tacoma students. Different perspectives will be leveraged through a collaborative teaching and learning model. To further UW Tacoma’s urban-serving mission, students will engage in design projects that link them to pressing issues of the community. The global framework will extend such engagement to projects across the world.
In order to graduate with a Minor in Innovation and Design, the following requirements must be met:
Completion of 25 credits (with a grade of 2.0 or higher in each course)
Core Courses: 10 credits from two courses: TWRT 350 User-Centered Design and TGID 420 Reflexive Design Portfolio
Practicum: 10 credits from one course taken twice: TGID 320 Innovation & Design Studio
Elective Course: 5 credits from a variety of classes across majors
Core Courses and Practicum
The Minor consists of five-credit courses named below, including two core courses (5 credits each), a practicum (taken twice, 5 credits each), and an elective course (5 credits). The Minor will be scheduled so that it can be completed in one or two years depending on student schedules.
This course introduces practices of user-centered design. Students work in teams to identify a design problem and explore possible solutions through iterative research and design. A simplified design cycle and a small but powerful toolbox of research and design methods are employed. Students will manifest their design ideas using a range of communicative genres. This course is a common entry point for the Minor and encapsulates and functions as a microcosm of the Minor as a whole.
This is a studio-based course focused on situated, practical, and adaptive design. Students work in small interdisciplinary teams where they undertake design projects to develop innovative solutions to challenges arising within the campus, local, or regional community. Student teams are mentored by the instructor(s) and paired with an external stakeholder. Students extend their practice beyond the idealized “toolbox” approach of the introductory course by attuning to the particulars of the design situation that they face and responding adaptively, requiring the learning and use of additional research/design methods and communicative forms from those previously encountered.
Elective Course (300-400 Levels). Prerequisite: varies by course (5 cr)
Students choose one design-oriented course within programs across campus from our list of elective courses. In this course, students will encounter one or more conceptions of design and its application within one or more domains of human activity.
In this capstone course for the Minor, students will engage in a series of reflective exercises in relation to prior and current design activities, linking these activities to their Major degree and future trajectory. The focus, and its reflexive character, will be in attending to the ways in which design activities result in reciprocal changes to the world and to oneself as a designer. This course serves to integrate across the range of activities and ideas encountered in the Minor, to build connections between the Minor and (inter)disciplinary ideas and practices of each student’s Major, and to suggest possibilities for extending design practice in whatever future endeavors a student undertakes after graduating.
Students completing the Minor in Innovation and Design will choose one design-oriented course within programs across campus from the list below. In this course, students will encounter one or more conceptions of design and its application within one or more domains of human activity.
School/Program | Unit | Code | Title
SIAS | TCOM | 320 | Principle of Web Design
SIAS | TCOM | 330 | Mobile Communication & Social Practice
SIAS | TCOM | 350 | Editing & Design for Print Media
SIAS | TCOM | 420 | Advanced Web Design
SIAS | TWRT | 355 | Usability Testing and Research
SIAS | TWRT | 440 | Cross-Cultural Communication Design
SIAS | TWRT | 450 | Principles of Accessible Design
SIAS | TWRT | 353 | User Experience Writing
SIAS | T AMST | 420 | Drugs and U.S. Culture
SIAS | TPSYCH | 306 | Community Psychology, Research, and Action
SET | T INFO | 220 | Human Computer Interaction for ITS
SET | T INST | 401 | Technology in the Service of Society: A Seminar in the Integration of Technology and Social Interests
SET | T INST | 475 | Entrepreneurship in Computing and Software Systems
SET | T INST | 493 | Technology and Society: a Global Perspective Study Abroad
Milgard | TMGMT | 474 | Entrepreneurship: Idea Development