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Spring Classes

Spring 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 with 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 depicts fungi, created during 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, guest lectures by biology professors Marc Weissburg and Jeanette Yen

Two men dismount motorcycles, a photo taken during a field study for ID 2325: 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

A hand-sketched rendering depicts a concept-vehicle, created 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

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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 Dori Pap

Students gather in a circle around a professor and jot down notes during the Design Methods course.

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 Herb Velazquez

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Your Idea, Your Invention

GT2803 - A

Freshman and sophomore students work in multidisciplinary teams to discover opportunities for invention and create their own novel solutions. The course is team taught in an active, project-based learning format and emphasizes skills and abilities in design, creativity, and innovation. The course consists of faculty and guest lectures, skill-building exercises, and two project cycles. 

Taught by Wayne Li and Richard Lee

Students from Social Impact: In Depth Exploration and Design show the grants they received for their projects during Georgia Tech's Ideas to Serve competition.

Social Impact: In-depth Exploration and Design


This course is for those who want to understand the root cause of social and environmental issues and the challenges of providing evidence-based solutions. The course consists of a series of hands-on workshops, class discussions, and conversations with experts from the frontlines. The final deliverable is a deep-dive presentation on a specific societal issue given to a panel of practitioners from the social sector at the Ideas to Serve competition. 

Taught by Dori Pap

A professor scans over a wall papered with concepts on sticky notes - the result of a class in the Design Bloc course on Design Thinking

Minimester: Design-Thinking for Grad Students


Graduate students dive into the design process in a five-week intensive minimester format, with lectures emphasizing skills and abilities in design, creativity, and innovation. The course consists of lectures by guests and faculty and skill-building exercises.

Taught by Wayne Li and Shawn Harris

Additional Offerings

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

Reach Out to Us

Whether you're a student looking to join our team, or an organization seeking to introduce your workforce to design-thinking techniques, we want to hear from you. Connect with us!