Many courses at Georgetown provide students outstanding faculty models for delivery of content. Smaller seminar courses enable students and faculty together to dig deeply into ideas and texts. Yet, students rare have the opportunity to work on sustained projects and open-ended questions alongside faculty mentors; students often feel an inability to apply their learning in the practical sphere. Similarly there are few opportunities for students to get exposure and practice in creative design approaches to complex problems.
Since the launch of the Designing the Future(s) Initiative, Georgetown has spearheaded numerous programs that place the same studio model, design education, and project based work at the center of pedagogy and practice. Alongside many University and faculty partners, Georgetown has been piloting a set of design and studio-based courses and initiatives. These efforts integrate Georgetown’s Jesuit educational framework, the talent of Georgetown faculty, the insight of external partners, and the creativity of our students to form meaningful, rigorous experiences from a design-based perspective.