Online Master's in Design Management & Communications

Online Course Schedule for Fall 2021

27 Oct 12-1pm ET
Master's in Design Management & Communications Webinar  
17 Nov 12-1pm ET
Marketing & Communications—Virtual Panel  
Show
MPDC-810-101

Business Communications

Successful communication skills have become a critical management tool to thrive and survive in today's increasingly complex and fast-moving business climate. This hands-on, practical course teaches students to analyze, develop, and effectively communicate via all forms of business writing, presenting, visual storytelling, leadership, client management, and negotiating. This course covers the challenges of communicating across global organizations as well as the role that listening and emotional intelligence play in creating effective communication strategies.

  • Course #: MPDC-810-101
  • CRN: 38620
  • Instructor: Zajack, W.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-810-102

Business Communications

Successful communication skills have become a critical management tool to thrive and survive in today's increasingly complex and fast-moving business climate. This hands-on, practical course teaches students to analyze, develop, and effectively communicate via all forms of business writing, presenting, visual storytelling, leadership, client management, and negotiating. This course covers the challenges of communicating across global organizations as well as the role that listening and emotional intelligence play in creating effective communication strategies.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPSC-810-102.

  • Course #: MPDC-810-102
  • CRN: 40366
  • Instructor: Stein, E.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-900-101

Capstone

MPDC Capstone

Note: Must be in the MPDC program and core course requires a 'B' or better.

  • Course #: MPDC-900-101
  • CRN: 38561
  • Instructor: Schmidt, S.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-711-101

Content Strategy

In response to changing consumer expectations, marketing has become less about paid advertising and more about providing value-added content to attract and retain customers. It is no longer acceptable to speak at customers; rather, they expect to be engaged in conversation around topics that they are interested in. Moreover, the addition of new web-based and social channels has created demand for large amounts of new content. Students in this course will work with clients to develop content tailored to a specific target audience. They will learn how to create a cross-channel content plan and build a portfolio of content samples for web stories, social media, email newsletters, and other channels.

  • Course #: MPDC-711-101
  • CRN: 38619
  • Instructor: Franklin Parrish
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-704-101

Customer-First IMC Strategy

In this course, students will learn to turn the corner from being tactical and creative professionals that develop successful IMC campaigns to becoming strategic managers that can drive successful IMC programs. To accomplish that goal, they will develop the skills to develop and manage IMC programs in alignment with an organization’s short- and long-term financial objectives, enabling them to participate successfully at a mid-to-senior level at a sophisticated corporation. A key concept that students will explore in detail is the concept of “customer centricity,” which lies at the heart of the IMC process — how we assess the value of customers and build IMC goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, and budgets with the aim of maximizing that value. In order to be able to utilize this concept effectively, students will also learn: · How to apply Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP) analysis and read basic corporate financial statements. · How to apply the Goals-Objectives-Strategies-Tactics process to create actionable customer-centric IMC plans that align with organizational objectives. · How to develop supportable budgets that align with organizational objectives and can drive customer-centric IMC plans. · How to make effective IMC-related business decisions. In order to help students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to achieve these goals, this course will employ readings from many sources, a number of case studies, a robust customer centricity simulation, and a final team project with a “live” client. Bonus: You’ll learn how to play backgammon. And, yes, there will be math. But not to worry, we’ll leave conjoint analysis and differentials out of the equations. This course was formerly called "The Management of IMC."

Note: Must be in MPDC Program. This course is cross-listed with MPMC-702-101.

  • Course #: MPDC-704-101
  • CRN: 38854
  • Instructor: Fiddler, R.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-620-101

Design Leadership

Design, as both a concept and a practice, has the ability to affect change within business and throughout society. Design Leadership focuses on approaches to problem-solving that are human-centered and guided by the underlying principles of design–a solution that is built within a given set of parameters–and of leadership–the stake one puts in the ground for a design solution. In this course, students will learn to build a design leadership practice by digging into the multiple dimensions of design leadership including empathy mapping, ethnographic research, and case studies of applied solutions to a set of “wicked design problems”. Upon completion, students will be able to lead cross-functional teams working on solutions for the wicked problems faced by brands, businesses, and social issues. This is a foundation course.

Note: This is a foundation course. Design, as both a concept and a practice, has the ability to affect change within business and throughout society. Design Leadership focuses on approaches to problem-solving that are human-centered and guided by the underlying principles of design–a solution that is built within a given set of parameters–and of leadership–the stake one puts in the ground for a design solution. In this course, students will learn to build a design leadership practice by digging into the multiple dimensions of design leadership including empathy mapping, ethnographic research, and case studies of applied solutions to a set of “wicked design problems”. Upon completion, students will be able to lead cross-functional teams working on solutions for the wicked problems faced by brands, businesses, and social issues.


MPDC-550-101

Design Management & Strategy

This course introduces students to design management concepts. Students learn to work at the intersection between visual design and business strategy. The course covers an overview of business fundamentals; students learn how to successfully manage a team and visual projects within visual communications and design industry, advertising and marketing, creative processes and business models, client relations and management, and business development and evaluation.

  • Course #: MPDC-550-101
  • CRN: 40100
  • Instructor: Ferry, L.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-710-101

Design Portfolio

If there is one thing you need to succeed in any creative field -- it's a way to showcase your talent and talk about your body work (aka an amazing portfolio). In this hands on course, students will learn how to build and/or refine a portfolio and will leave the course with tailored personal portfolio and the skills required to continue building it throughout the program. This course will also enhance personal branding skills as well as touching on job searching and career development. This course is taught by an experienced integrated marketing and creative professional with copy and creative direction experience in financial services, automotive, publishing, travel, and telcom on both the corporate and agency side.

  • Course #: MPDC-710-101
  • CRN: 40065
  • Instructor: Wygant, J.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-600-101

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a creative way to problem solve. Through a series of design challenges, this course prepares students to lead teams in envisioning new ideas by using both creative and strategic skills and developing innovative solutions to real-world design issues.

Note: Requires a 'B' or better as foundation course requirement for the DMC program.

  • Course #: MPDC-600-101
  • CRN: 34361
  • Instructor: Kupersmit, B.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-700-101

Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.

  • Course #: MPDC-700-101
  • CRN: 38618
  • Instructor: Durand, N.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-500-101

Ethical Design

Visual communications and design professionals face ethical challenges that impact both personal and organizational integrity. In recognition of the overarching importance of sound ethical judgment in these fields, Georgetown MPS students start their program with a required core course in applied ethics. Students will gain a solid foundation in ethics and relate what they learn to their own professional situation through class discussions, case studies, and guest lectures conducted by industry experts. Looking at ethics through a professional lens, students are asked to explore their own values and are challenged to codify and commit to their own code of ethics in relation to a broad range of professional codes of conduct and best practices. Foundational concepts in ethics are woven throughout the program’s other courses and revisited throughout a student’s tenure in the program.

Note: This course requires a 'B' or better and is a core requirement of the DMC program.

  • Course #: MPDC-500-101
  • CRN: 36787
  • Instructor: Berkeley, L.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-703-101

In Search of the Big Idea

  • Course #: MPDC-703-101
  • CRN: 40063
  • Instructor: Matson, A.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-837-101

Project Management and Budgeti

  • Course #: MPDC-837-101
  • CRN: 40057
  • Instructor: Okoro, V.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-705-101

User Experience

Today, visuals need to engage customers by offering an exceptional experience that people can identify with, purchase, and enjoy. This course provides an overview of user experience (UX) design, the role of research in a design process, and UX design approaches, including archetypes, storyboards, customer journey maps, and empathy maps.

  • Course #: MPDC-705-101
  • CRN: 38559
  • Instructor: Schmidt, S.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-705-102

User Experience

Today, visuals need to engage customers by offering an exceptional experience that people can identify with, purchase, and enjoy. This course provides an overview of user experience (UX) design, the role of research in a design process, and UX design approaches, including archetypes, storyboards, customer journey maps, and empathy maps.

  • Course #: MPDC-705-102
  • CRN: 38560
  • Instructor: Subramanian, R.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-520-101

Visual Communications

In today’s digital world, it has become necessary for communicators to use visual tools to communicate ideas effectively. In this course, students learn how to research, apply and critique typography, color strategies, digital imaging, design principles, and visual trends. Students should have working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites and other relevant computer programs prior to taking this course.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the DMC program.

  • Course #: MPDC-520-101
  • CRN: 34359
  • Instructor: Wang, X.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-520-102

Visual Communications

In today’s digital world, it has become necessary for communicators to use visual tools to communicate ideas effectively. In this course, students learn how to research, apply and critique typography, color strategies, digital imaging, design principles, and visual trends. Students should have working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suites and other relevant computer programs prior to taking this course.

  • Course #: MPDC-520-102
  • CRN: 39480
  • Instructor: Wang, X.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021

MPDC-610-101

Visual Persuasion & Promotion

Visuals can be a persuasive and powerful tool in communications. This course discusses effective strategies, tactics, and tools that are used to create persuasive and compelling visual content, messages, and products.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPMC-721-101.

  • Course #: MPDC-610-101
  • CRN: 40365
  • Instructor: Schauble, J.
  • Dates: Aug 25 – Dec 17, 2021