Building Transdisciplinary Design Capability through an Integrated Studio Approach

talk – 30 min | Feb 4 – 10:30

In this talk, I describe the creation of a novel undergraduate user experience (UX) design program at Purdue University that focuses on learning strands that weave throughout a studio-based program. Instead of relying upon content-delineated coursework, where strands of competence necessary for practice are often siloed, the integrated studio encourages students to build a flexible design identity across five semesters, relating multiple strands of content to one another in a systematic way throughout their program. I describe the instructional design approach we used to develop the integrated studio, and share preliminary evaluation of student outcomes and professional success.

Colin Gray

Colin Gray
Purdue University, United States

About the speaker

Colin Gray

Colin Gray

Purdue University, United States
Colin M. Gray is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology. He holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, a MEd in Educational Technology, and a MA in Graphic Design. His research focuses on the role of student experience in informing a critical design pedagogy, and the ways in which the pedagogy and studio affect development of design ability, particularly in relation to critique and identity formation.

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