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Join SCD for spring 2021! We’re offering our signature Introduction to Design Thinking and our very popular Successful Storytelling and Design Thinking for Women’s Health and Wellbeing courses, as well as several dynamic new classes for your consideration.

Except where noted, all courses listed will be taught online. Further details can be found at Course Explorer. Please email us, with “SCD Spring 2021” in the subject field, if you have questions.

TE 401
Introduction to Design Thinking

Students will learn and build competency in the design thinking process. Students work in groups to participate in the design thinking process in order to develop innovative outcomes.

Section: DT   CRN: 69646
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:50 PM
1/25/21 - 3/19/21

TE 401
Design Thinking for Women’s Health and Wellbeing

Students will learn to use design thinking and creativity to explore the intersection of technology and social issues, including explorations into a variety of women’s health and wellbeing issues.

Section: D   CRN: 65394
Thursdays, 10:00-11:50 AM
1/25/21 - 3/19/21

ARTD 299/ARTD 499
Design Thinking For a Campus Space, Pt. 1

This course will use the human-centered design research process to inspire the development of a new space on the University of Illinois campus which will celebrate the 100th year of the Illini Dads Association.

Undergrad | Section: SCU   CRN: 46830
Grad | Section: SCG   CRN: 50476
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:50 AM
1/25/21 - 3/19/21

ARTD 299/ARTD 499
Design Thinking For a Campus Space, Pt. 2

Inspired by the human-centered design research findings of Design Thinking for a Campus Space Part 1, students will engage in the design development of the Illini Dads Centennial Plaza.

Undergrad | Section: SU   CRN: 65500
Grad | Section: SG   CRN: 65501
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:50 AM
3/22/21 - 5/5/21

TE 398
Successful Storytelling: Designing the Ultimate Pitch

Students will learn storytelling skills with the aim of improving their pitching ability.

Section: DHW   CRN: 67795
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:50 PM
1/25/21 - 5/5/21

TE 498
UX Fundamentals

Using Siebel Center for Design’s human-centered design taxonomy, students will develop a semester-long project to research and prototype UI/UX design solutions.

Undergrad | Section: UX   CRN: 72884
Grad | Section: XU   CRN: 62174
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:50 AM
1/25/21 - 5/5/21

TE 498
Rethinking the Justice System Through Human-Centered Design

Using the tools and methodologies of human-centered design, multidisciplinary teams will take a critical look at the current US justice system, identify a specific challenge they’re passionate about, and work towards solving that challenge in a creative way.

Undergrad | Section: JUS   CRN: 72886
Grad | Section: SUJ   CRN: 60700
Thursdays, 1:00-2:50 PM
1/25/21 - 5/5/21

INFO 490
Bio Beats

In this creative explosion between bioengineering and Hip Hop, students will work, discover, and build with citizen scientists from indigenous neighborhoods to create algorithms to produce new products and processes designed to improve the health and wellness of high-risk communities.

Section: WP   CRN: 57715
Lecture: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:50 AM   Lab: Thursdays, 10:00-11:50 AM
Lecture: 1/25/21 - 5/5/21   Lab: 3/8/21-5/5/21
Lecture: Online   Lab: At Siebel Center for Design

LAS 199
Systems of Failure and Design Solutions

A system failure is a prolonged and far-reaching malfunction. Discovering what has gone wrong, why it has gone wrong, and how we might fix it is exactly what this course is going to explore. This LAS Honors course is a partnership with the Siebel Center for Design, and restrictions apply.

Section: 1   CRN: 72923
Fridays, 8:30 – 9:50 AM
1/25/21 - 5/5/21

Siebel Center for Design

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