KU Design Foundations: Thinking & Making
Curriculum & Projects 

Design Thinking & Making provides Department of Design freshmen with a comprehensive intro to creative problem solving; and the fundamentalsof two, three and four-dimensional design. Drawing, photography, 2D and 3D models are used in this course as a means of design thinking to visually represent problems and opportunities.

This course encourages freshmen to think critically about the world around them, use the design process as a powerful tool for finding solutions and hone craftsmanship skill through studio making.

Lectures will focus on:

breadth — introduce students to foundational design concepts and methods through an engaging studio experience.

connections — introduce and promote the study and interrelatedness of all creative activity across all design disciplines.

Studio will focus on:

making — encourage students to achieve a skillful level of craftsmanship in the making of both investigative and finished work.

thinking — prepare students to think critically and creatively by pushing accepted conceptual, formal and technical boundaries.
community — nurture a rich working educational environment through presentations, demos, discussions, critiques, and writing.

presentation — expect students to persuasively articulate motives