This is a two-term senior project course, where students work as a design team to address a real-world problem over the course of the two-term sequence. With the instructor in an advisory role, students consult with a real-world client, typically from outside the university, to understand the client’s problem and needs. The focus of the first term will be a comprehensive design brief, background research, and the presentation of one or more proposed solutions for the client’s approval. During the second term, the design team will continue to prototype, refine, and ultimately implement the solution for the client. In addition to the completed solution, students will present a final complete project brief including an evaluation of the solution together with recommendations for further development. Previous clients have included the Ontario Science Centre, Project Bookmark Canada, and The Working Centre.
Taught by Vanessa Schweizer