Collaborative Design Specialization

The Collaborative Design Specialization (CDS) offers students the opportunity to develop a concentration in design thinking, skills, and practice. It is intended for Knowledge Integration students who want to gain greater knowledge and experience with design and real-world problem solving, beyond their core BKI courses.

The idea for the specialization was proposed by KInnovations, a committee of the Knowledge Integration Student Society, and designed--collaboratively, of course--by KI students, staff, and faculty.

The CDS consists of eight courses, split into two themes: Collaborative Design Thinking & Skills, and Collaborative Design Experience.

Design Thinking & Skills courses:

  • INTEG 120: The Art & Science of Learning (previous name: Introduction to the Academy: Disciplines & Integrative Practices)
  • INTEG 121: Collaboration, Design Thinking and Problem Solving (previous name: Introduction to the Academy: Design & Problem-Solving)
  • INTEG 251: Creative Thinking
  • One additional design-themed course (of at least 0.5 credits) of the student's choosing, to be approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Knowledge Integration.
    • The following courses meet this requirement and have been pre-approved: BET 350, CS 330, DAC 201 (ENGL 203), DAC 202 (ENGL 204), DAC 203 (ENGL 304), DAC 204, DAC 300 (ENGL 303), DAC 302, DAC 305, DAC 309, ENGL 293, ENGL 392A, ENGL 392B, INTEG 375 (Special Topic: Technology Art Studio), INTEG 475 (Special Topic: Interdisciplinary Collaboration), SPCOM 300, STV 302, SYDE 261, and SYDE 348
    • Students who would like to enroll in DAC courses should speak with the Undergraduate Advisor, Knowledge Integration

Design Experience courses:

  • INTEG 320: The Museum Course: Research & Design
  • INTEG 321: The Museum Course: Practicum & Presentation
  • One of the following set of courses (for a total of at least 1.0 credits):
    • INTEG 452A & 452B: Real World Problem Solving A & B
    • Or an equivalent two-term group design project course, to be approved by the Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Knowledge Integration

Note: Changes in course offerings for the Collaborative Design Specialization went into effect Fall 2022. Please speak with the KI Undergraduate Advisor if you have questions.

Undergraduate Calendar Course descriptions (INTEG courses are listed in the Knowledge Integration section)

Please refer to the official requirements in the Undergraduate Course Calendar for KI Specializations.