Design Thinking and IP&T

Magazine Issue
Fall 2018
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Photo courtesy of Bradley Slade
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This fall, BYU launched the new design-thinking minor. The minor ties together four different disciplines and provides a framework for creative problem solving. Students and faculty from the McKay School’s Instructional Psychology and Technology Department along with the Department of Design, the Department of Experience Design and Management, and the School of Technology are working together to create scalable solutions and solve industry problems.

The 15-credit minor includes nine credits outside of major disciplines, giving students a rare chance to engage with projects and problems that are outside of their major and to learn skills that employers seek. Career paths that value design-thinking skills include user-experience design, instructional design, event/experience design, and design-thinking strategy. Employers in technology, fine arts, business, and education all value and practice elements of design thinking.