Take a Design Innovation course this summer

January 31, 2018 | 4:21 pm

The Jacobs Institute will offer four hands-on Design Innovation courses this summer. Offered as part of Berkeley Summer Sessions, these courses provide entry points to core design skills that apply across disciplines — and they’re open to anyone, including current students as well as members of our broader community. Whether you’re a Berkeley undergraduate hoping to get ahead on certificate requirements or a summer visitor interested in picking up a valuable new skill, the summer offers a chance to dive into design innovation.

Design Innovation course offerings

DES INV 10: Discovering Design

This course, ideal for students who are looking for an introduction to the broad world of design, covers design careers, design fields, histories of design and ethics in design. Students will gain language for analyzing and characterizing designs. In this course you will be learning design both from theoretical and historical perspectives, and from studio-based design exercises and projects. The weekly assignments and final projects will emphasize foundational design skills in observation, ideation, problem finding and problem solving, formgiving, communication, and critique.

Summer Session B (June 4 – August 10) | Mondays and Wednesdays, 1pm-2:30pm

2 units | Class number: 14986

DES INV 15: Design Methodology

This introductory course aims to expose you to the mindset, skillset and toolset associated with design. It does so through guided applications to framing and solving problems in design, business and engineering. Specifically, you will learn approaches to noticing and observing, framing and reframing, imagining and designing, and experimenting and testing as well as for critique and reflection. You will also have a chance to apply those approaches in various sectors.

Summer Session B (June 4 – August 10) | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-5:15pm

3 units | Class number: 14987

DES INV 21: Visual Communication & Sketching

Good ideas alone are not the key to being a great designer or innovator. Rather, it’s the strong process and communication skills that will make you stand out as a design practitioner and leader. In today’s landscape of product design and innovation, great visual communicators must know how to 1) effectively and confidently sketch by hand, 2) understand and utilize the basics of visual design, and 3) tell captivating and compelling stories. This course, offered in a project-based learning format, will give participants practice and confidence in their ability to communicate visually. See a sample syllabus for this course (note that summer content and schedule will differ from this sample).

Summer Session B (June 4 – August 10) | Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm-7:15pm

Purin Phanichphant | 3 units | Class number: 14988

DES INV 22: Prototyping & Fabrication

Explore a range of prototyping and fabrication techniques — including laser-cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing, soldering, basic circuits, microcontrollers (Arduino), sensors and actuators, and interface mockups — as you make original projects. This entry-level course has no prerequisites and requires no previous experience. See a sample syllabus for this course (note that summer content and schedule will differ from this sample).

Summer Session B (June 4 – August 10) | Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm & Thursdays, 2pm-4:30pm

Chris Myers | 3 units | Class number: 14603

Other design courses

Beyond these Design Innovation offerings, a number of other design-focused courses will take place on campus this summer, including many that count toward the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI). Visit the BCDI website to learn more about relevant courses, and check back soon for updates on this summer’s offerings.


Contact Amy Dinh for questions about Design Innovation courses. For general information on Berkeley Summer Sessions, visit the summer sessions website.