Design Odyssey Program

Syracuse University Summer College


Syracuse, NY


Jul 2 - Jul 28




A gateway experience exploring the nature of design creativity and multi-disciplinary problem solving.

Specialist design degrees have increasingly given way to interdisciplinary design studies that focus on the development of a broad body of knowledge including visual mastery, social and cultural knowledge, digital awareness, and business knowledge.

The course will begin with an introduction to recent design history, progress to an understanding of industry specific terminology and techniques. As we progress students will explore the development of consumer objects and digital prototypes. In addition to lectures, students will have time to create simple 3D printed objects, sketch logos and brands, and prototype software-based products. The course will also discuss the value of portfolios as an indicator of skills for both admission to higher education as well as discussion or how are used to hire professionals.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the role of design as it is linked to social development, technology, and commerce.
  • Recognize key factors impacting current and future design practice.
  • Develop a theoretical knowledge of the roles designers are filling in order to have a greater impact on society.
  • Have explored various experimental forms of professional practice.
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