Design Research

Major: Master of Science in Design Research
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 46.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0499
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 04.0401

About the Program

The Design Research program creates an arena for advanced students to explore and enhance their skills in two concentrated paths of study: Design and Technology and Environmental Design and Health, including Community Design. Driven by the interdisciplinary nature of design, the program addresses the future of design in response to the emerging and complex designed environment. Designers operate in a world of increasing intricacy; this degree gives candidates a greater depth of knowledge and experience in topics relevant to present and future challenges in design.

The program focuses on providing a forum for students to pursue paths of inquiry and investigation within Design and Technology and Environmental Design and Health. The program operates with a core curriculum that is built on, and augmented by, a customized set of electives, and the second year of thesis.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate baccalaureate degree in or related to Design.

For additional information, see Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
ARTH 530History of Modern Design3.0
or VSST 501 Contemporary Art Issues
DSRE 620Design Problem Solving3.0
DSRE 625Technologies of Making3.0
DSRE 630Data Visualization for Design Professionals3.0
DSRE 635Translational Design Research3.0
DSRE 640Design Media and Communications3.0
DSRE 645Design Research Thesis Proposal3.0
DSRE 650Thesis Research and Practicum1.0
DSRE 750Thesis in Design Research I3.0
DSRE 760Thesis in Design Research II3.0
DSRE 770Thesis in Design Research III3.0
Electives15.0
Total Credits46.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
DSRE 620Design Problem Solving3.0
DSRE 625Technologies of Making3.0
ARTH 530
or VSST 501
History of Modern Design
Contemporary Art Issues
3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Winter
DSRE 630Data Visualization for Design Professionals3.0
DSRE 635Translational Design Research3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
DSRE 640Design Media and Communications3.0
DSRE 645Design Research Thesis Proposal3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
DSRE 650Thesis Research and Practicum1.0
 Term Credits1.0
Second Year
Fall
DSRE 750Thesis in Design Research I3.0
Electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Winter
DSRE 760Thesis in Design Research II3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
DSRE 770Thesis in Design Research III3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 46.0

Design Research Faculty

Michael Glaser, MFA (Ohio State University) Program Director for Product Design. Associate Professor. <em>Westphal College of Media Arts & Design</em> Quantifying the designer's intuition; the interplay between digital and physical forms; human desire to shape our surroundings.
Nick Jushchyshyn, MFA (Academy of Art University) Program Director, Animation and Visual Effects. Assistant Teaching Professor. Visual effects, digital media and animation.
Nicole Koltick, MArch (University of California) Director, Design Futures Lab. Assistant Professor. Researching possibilities for architecture and design through the use of unexpected and innovative interdisciplinary models. Foundation design studios, fabrication and technology seminars.
Kathi Martin, MSIS (Drexel University) Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Fashion Design. Associate Professor. Fashion and textile designer; textile artist; computer-aided design, best practices online databases and graphic interfaces for fashion and historic costume, virtual characters for fashion design.
Alphonso McClendon, MS (Drexel University) Program Director, Design & Merchandising. Associate Professor. Fashion designer, product and business development, computer aided planning and design.
Diana S. Nicholas, RA, AIA, NCARB, MFA (University of the Arts, Philadelphia) Associate Director of MS Interior Architecture and Design, Director, Sustainability in the Built Environment minor. Assistant Professor. Coordinator, Sustainability in the Built Environment
Debra Ruben, MS, IDEC, LEED AP, NCIDQ (Drexel University) Director of Interiors Programs. Associate Professor. Research on user participation and the design process.
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