Summer Design Innovation Courses at Jacobs

April 6, 2020 | 12:48 pm

Update 4/6/20: All UC Berkeley summer courses will be offered online this summer, including the DES INV courses taught at the Jacobs Institute. We currently plan to offer the courses listed below remotely, and will update this page and enrolled students as more information develops.

The Jacobs Institute is offering four hands-on 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 UX Design, 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.

Design Innovation Course Offerings

All Summer 2020 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 8 – August 14) | 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 D (July 6 – Aug 14) | 3 units

DES INV 25: User Experience Design

This studio course introduces students to design thinking and the basic practices of interaction design. Following a human-centered design process that includes research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement, students work as individuals and in small teams to design mobile information systems and other interactive experiences. Becoming familiar with design methodologies such as sketching, storyboarding, wireframing, and prototyping, students learn core skills for understanding the rich contexts of stakeholders and their interactions with technology, for researching competing products and services, for modeling the current and preferred state of the world, and for prototyping and communicating solutions. No coding is required.

Summer Session C (June 22 – August 14) | 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 14) | 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.