Summer 2021 Design Innovation Courses at Jacobs

January 28, 2021 | 3:45 pm

The Jacobs Institute is offering three Design Innovation courses this summer that are open to all for enrollment, from current Berkeley students to members of the general public community. Our summer students will have the chance to build their design toolkits through foundational courses like Prototyping & Fabrication and Creative Programming & Electronics, or stretch their imagination in advanced courses such as Design, Cybersecurity & Mobility. Learn more about all of our summer offerings below, as well as where to find other interesting courses taught through Berkeley Summer Sessions. All DES INV courses this summer will be offered in a fully remote instruction format.


All Summer 2021 courses apply to the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI).

DES INV 22: Prototyping & Fabrication

This course teaches concepts, skills and methods required to design, prototype, and fabricate physical objects. Each week relevant techniques in 2D and 3D modeling and fabrication are presented, along with basic electronics. Topics include a range of prototyping and fabrication techniques including laser-cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing, soldering, and basic circuits.

Summer Session B (June 7 – August 13) | 3 units

DES INV 23: Creative Programming & Electronics

This course teaches techniques to conceptualize, design and prototype interactive objects. Students will learn core interaction design principles and learn how to program devices with and without screens, basic circuit design and construction for sensing and actuation, and debugging. Students work individually on fundamental concepts and skills, then form teams to work on an open-ended design project that requires a synthesis of the different techniques covered.

Summer Session B (June 7 – Aug 13) | 3 units

DES INV 190-10: Design, Cybersecurity & Mobility

This 6 week-long design course explores reimagining mobile sensing devices (wearables, smart phones, mobile robots, security devices, on-board automotive devices, etc.) through the lens of cybersecurity awareness. Over the course, students go through a human-centered design process (Research-Analyze-Ideate-Build-Communicate) to make mobile sensing cybersecurity tangible. Our course is partnered with theDesignExchange (tDX) research group and students in this course will get benefit of free registration and support from tDX researchers throughout the semester.

Summer Session D (July 6 – Aug 13) | 2 units


In addition to these courses offered by the Jacobs Institute, a number of other design-focused courses will take place this summer, including many that count toward the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI). Visit the BCDI website or contact Tyshon Rogers to learn more about relevant courses.


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