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The Atrium of our incredible world renowned facility the URBN Center which is a space that drives innovation
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Student Prototype: Biophilic Interiors by URBN STEAMlab
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Design Research Symposium Breakout Session
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Students and Faculty Fabricating Concrete Forms


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Design Research student textile experimentation sample; Design: Nicole Feller-Johnson; Rendering: Pradyuman Kodavatiganti

Design Research

Are you looking for a way to distinguish yourself in Design? Study in this program is an opportunity to set yourself apart and be a leader in the field. As we all know, design in the 21st Century is increasingly complex, and driven by forces that require research to be at the heart of problem solving and creativity. Many design firms are looking to their designers to be ever more informed and able to synthesize research into their design practices. This program will prepare you for that challenge!

The new Master of Science in Design Research (DSRE), at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, establishes an intellectual space for students to consider multidisciplinary problems beyond the scope of the traditional boundaries of individual design disciplines. Based in Drexel's world-class research environment, the program centers on ethical, technological, human-centered, and inclusive design, driven by the challenges of the 21st century.  The program will allow emerging design thinkers to develop a critical understanding of research and apply solutions that are in demand. You will explore design research theory, concept, and practice in service to current and future design challenges. As graduates, you will work with faculty on cutting-edge inquiry.

This program will empower you to be a leader in the complex practice of design. The program can be full or part-time with the option to work while pursuing your degree!


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