The purpose of this thesis is to allow teachers in high schools to have a resource for creative thinking to help aid their classrooms in design based education for their students.

I started this journey with two questions:

`How can I help educate others about the world of design?'

`How can I show other educators outside of the design field that design education is needed now more than ever?'

The first question was answered in part by me enrolling at RIT's Industrial Design Program. At the end of my first year at RIT I was given the opportunity from the Industrial Design Graduate Program Director to teach a class of around 20-25 freshmen concerning issues pertaining to Industrial Design. I taught the class by focusing on contemporary issues, utilized multiple mediums, and discussing concepts that allowed students to manipulate, interact with, discuss, and relate to assignments like they never had before.

The second lead me down a path that examined education - one that caused me to think about where design education is in society today and where it can more rightly fit in someone's educational upbringing. I wanted to create a series of design-focused lessons for students in which teachers could implement easily into their classrooms, thus cross-pollinating their students education through the medium of design.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Design--Study and teaching (Secondary); Curriculum planning

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


David Morgan

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Bitterman


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK1170 .B34 2013


RIT – Main Campus

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