This summer marked the premiere of the Summer Minor program in the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech. The Summer Minor was rolled out as part of a university-wide Summer Initiatives program. It allows undergraduate students to complete all of the requirements for a minor in industrial design within one semester.
Complete a Minor in One Summer
Minoring in industrial design is a wonderful idea for students of other majors who want to explore product development or improve their design skills. The minor program consists of five courses: one elective and four required courses.
Through the Summer Minor program, students can opt to complete all of these requirements in one semester. Equally importantly, students can plan their majors and minors around this program because this course selection will be guaranteed for Summer 2019 and Summer 2020. With enrolment in industrial design courses increasing, the summer program gives students access to classes that might only be open to majors during the academic year.
Increased Student Engagement in Summer Semester
Andrew Young, a lecturer who specializes in ethnography studies, observed that the summer session format supports an atmosphere of student engagement. The summer setup of his Design Method class, he explains, “allowed for a workshop style class that expedited relationship building and fostered a workshop style class where we co-created more through exercise.”
In-Depth Learning Experience
Young Mi Choi, acting MID program coordinator, also appreciated the format of summer minor courses. Choi, who holds a Ph.D. in architecture from Georgia Tech, felt that the summer courses allowed for thorough exploration of ideas. Her Human Factors course, she reflects, provided “time for the in-class activities to be expanded. It allowed more discussion and, in some cases, activities that can be a little rushed during the regular semester worked better. It allowed us to cover topics like research, using design analysis methods, proper presentation, and the best ways to apply findings during class interactions.”
Students will take four required courses and one elective. The four required courses cover the basics of Industrial Design:
One course covers the theory of human factors (physical and cognitive attributes of people)
The second covers visual design thinking (graphical communication)
The third covers design methods
The fourth is a studio experience where students work on multidisciplinary teams to solve design problems.
An additional elective is required covering other topics in Industrial Design to broaden the scope of the student’s experience
In accordance with Institute guidelines, the minor requires a minimum of 15 hours, including 9 hours at 3xxx or above. All hours must be outside the student’s major.
The minor is not available to majors in Industrial Design.