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Fall Classes

Fall Classes

While these interdisciplinary courses range widely in subject-matter, they share the common value of teaching by applying design behaviors in the real world. Find the perfect course for you, and follow the link below to register for next semester. 

Design Bloc + VIP

The Vertically Integrated Projects Program at Georgia Tech offers students the opportunity to contribute to long-term, multidisciplinary projects for academic credit.

Design Bloc’s VIP studio course challenges student teams to apply design thinking within real world client projects for industry and non-profits in the Atlanta area. This studio approach allows students to gain professional experience in a design project with mentorship from Design Bloc staff.

No prior design experience is required, and Georgia Tech undergraduates from all majors and years are invited to apply. 

Credit counts can vary. Application and permit required to register. 

A black and white rendering inspired by fungus growing on a log, created in Design Bloc class Drawing on Nature.

Drawing on Nature


The course examines drawing through exploration of nature and natural elements. It has two main components: the establishment of basic drawing skills in both practice and theory, and the application of those skills to the investigation of the natural world. 

Taught by Lane Duncan, Marc Weissburg and Jeanette Yen


View of two men riding motorcycles, photo taken during field study for Design Bloc class User-Centered Design Methods.

User-Centered Design Methods


This course introduces students to user-centric design methods used to identify, understand, assess and prioritize the factors that contribute to more effective design solutions.

Taught by Wayne Li

Hand-rendering of a concept vehicle, drawn for Design Bloc's interdisciplinary capstone design course.

Capstone Design


A multidisciplinary design project that brings together students of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design to develop humanitarian and industrial projects.

Taught by Wayne Li and Stephen Sprigle 

A hand-drawn map of different related topics surround the central social-justice topic of water in India.

Technology and Sustainable Community


This course will explore the role of technology in the development of sustainable communities, locally and internationally. Through a combination of historical perspective, case studies, community engagement methods and practice, and critical evaluation techniques, students will develop an appreciation for the strengths and limitations of technology in sustainable community development and the skills needed to approach sustainable community issues drawing on engineering in context.

Taught by Ellen Zegura

Two women hold cell phones used in Design Bloc course, communications tech for global development.

Info and Communications Tech and Global Development

CS4745, CS6745, INTA4745, INTA6745

Focus on technology design, adoption, and use as seen through the lens of global development. 

Taught by Neha Kumar

View into a classroom full of rolling tables and chairs, a presentation screen in the background, and a large lightbulb symbol hanging from the glass wall in center-view..

Social Entrepreneurship


Social enterprises are dedicated to creating social value by attracting private and public funds to address the challenges of society. They may take the form of a nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid organization. These organizations apply business and market principles in their efforts to solve problems not addressed by the private sector and governments. 

Taught by Robert Thomas

Students sit in a semicircle around a Design Bloc professor in conversation during Design Methods class.

Design Methods


This course introduces students to current user-centric design methods used to identify, understand, assess and prioritize the factors that contribute to more effective design solutions.

Taught by Leila Aflatoony

Students build their first round of prototypes out of paper during Design Bloc GT1000 Intro to Design Behaviors class.

Intro To Design Behaviors


GT-1000 section focused on introducing Design Thinking and Innovation to freshmen at Georgia Tech.

Taught by Kevin Lewis 

Two pieces of art portray the same face of a woman, one using realist style, and the other using abstract geometric style.

Visual Arts and Geometry


We will introduce students to the geometry of space and manifolds and how these concepts influenced modern arts and sciences, i.e. Cubism and Einstein’s relativity. The realization of geometry is visualization. Students will learn how to draw/sketch by hand in order to stimulate/enhance their visual memory, imagination and practice abstraction of geometric concepts. 

Taught by Francesco Fedele

People browse over tables full of art made during the Bio-Inspired Design course.

BioInspired Design

BIOL4740, ME4740, MSE4740, BMED4740, ISYE4740, ID4843, BIOL8803

This course introduces students to the emerging and exciting field of Biologically Inspired Design (BID) through a scaffolded engagement with biological concepts; different modes and methods of scientific inquiry and design exploration; and current approaches to BID research and practice in engineering, science, design, and art.

Taught by Wayne Li, Jason Nadler and Jeanette Yen

Whiteboard is covered by lines of post-it notes showing the timeline of a product's development.

Intro To Design Thinking & Design Behaviors

MGT8803-G, MGT8803-EMG

This course introduces students to current human centered design thinking methods used to identify, understand, assess and prioritize the factors that contribute to more effective products, services, brands, and businesses. 

Taught by Wayne Li

A timeline maps a customer's mood throughout their interaction with a client company, built for Design Bloc class on Visual Design Thinking.

Visual Design Thinking


Introduction to techniques to help designers build a vocabulary to support effective visual communication including fundamentals of layout, sketching, rendering, schematics, information graphics & storyboarding. 

Taught by Lane Duncan and Wayne Li

High heels become new interpretation of the Georgia Tech mascot: the rambling wreck, on display during Design Bloc's Intro to Footwear Design course.

Introduction to Footwear Design


On it’s surface, footwear can seem more like art than industrial design. A deeper look, however, reveals that footwear design requires a contextual awareness and understanding of complex system of moving parts including materials, manufacturability, costs, brand position, and wider market trends. Additionally, the development of footwear requires us, as designers, to both literally, and figuratively walk a mile in someone else's shoes; understanding the nuanced and shifting definitions of fit, comfort, and other user requirements based on the style and use environment. 

Taught by Jonathan Spoerke

Additional Offerings

Looking for our Spring Classes or Workshops? Check out our course offerings for the spring semester and our upcoming workshops to find a design exploration that fits you.

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