Studio

Studio Learning
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A Studio is both a space and a way of thinking – an approach to treating subject matter in the form of a  rhythmic iteration of collaboration, intensive work, review, reflection repeated in various combinations over time. The studio environment creates a community of practice, a gathering place not only physical but also intellectual – a space that is cross-boundary in terms of skill and level of expertise, deepened over time, and bridging disciplines. Built upon collaborative learning, shared values, high impact experiences and the importance of reflection, studio learning draws upon some of the most important constructs of education at Georgetown.

Learn by Doing

Students develop knowledge and abilities by envisioning, planning, developing, reviewing, and revising projects, and faculty facilitate students’ learning by serving as resources, guides, and critics as students move through this process.

Self-Directed Learning

As students develop their projects, they identify what they need to learn and, with the help of faculty mentors, seek out relevant knowledge and skills. Students are expected to spend time in the studio, working on their own, outside of scheduled class time.

Learn through Iteration

In the studio, students develop projects not simply by moving from one step to another but also by repeating some steps, rethinking and refining their work over time.

Learn through Interaction

In the studio, students work on their projects in shared space, both physical and intellectual. Studios are social learning spaces, in which students observe and discuss each other’s work as it develops.

Learn through Critique

Students also receive frequent critiques on their work, from experts and peers, and they hear and contribute to critiques of other projects. In the process, they deepen their knowledge and critical perspectives generally and gain insight into their own projects.

Complex Problems

While studio projects may address imagined or speculative situations, they engage students in developing responses to complex problems rooted in authentic contexts and encourage divergent and innovative solutions.

Interdisciplinary and Integrative

Although studios may focus on and serve students involved in a single discipline, such as computer science or graphic design, the nature of the projects that students undertake usually requires that they draw upon and integrate knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines.

Studio Courses

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