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Miami Design Collaborative

The Miami Design Collaborative is a multi-disciplinary design initiative at Miami University that brings together students and faculty from throughout campus to develop expertise in design thinking and to implement that knowledge through complex, team-based, problem-solving experiences. Existing design-based experiences and new initiatives have the opportunity to cluster together under one umbrella to position, promote and clarify relationships and opportunities. MDC is a “sister program” to AIMS and functions in the same cross-divisional fashion, building a strong network across the university.

The depth and rigor of disciplinary learnings are of critical importance, but many of the creative solutions to our most pressing problems often involve interdisciplinary efforts that require both a knowledge of and ability to communicate with people trained in other disciplines. The evolution of many innovative, leading-edge programs require this type of integration. The Miami Design Collaborative, focused on design thinking, integrates faculty and students in every academic division into a “networked” curriculum. This initiative transforms the practice of teaching and learning by providing the foundation and context to:

  • Experience design process and development through complex, team-based, project-solving learning.
  • Engage with industry and organizations outside of Miami University’s physical boundaries.
  • Extend traditional disciplines by building theory and practice on disciplinary/multi-disciplinary frontiers.

Visit the MDC web site for more information about MDC, its design thinking certificate program, and the many curricular and co-curricular opportunities.