Master's in Design Management & Communications

Online Course Schedule for Spring 2021

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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.

Note: 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 class requires the following pre-requisites: MPDC 500 Ethical Design, MPDC 520 Visual Comms.

  • Course #: MPDC-810-101
  • CRN: 40549
  • Instructor: Zajack, W.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021

MPDC-900-101

Capstone

MPDC Capstone

Note: During this final course, you will apply the comprehensive skills that you have built throughout your study of the concept and practice of design management and communications (DMC). Multiple forms of assessments—including an ethical issue paper, capstone project milestone deliverables (scope of work, research plan, creative strategy outline), and final design deliverables and pitch—track and evaluate each student's level of competency in learning outcomes from the DMC program. You will also be required to meet regularly with your Capstone Advisor and the full class. These meetings will be graded as class participation. The capstone experience is intended to ensure you have the strategic skills and confidence necessary to be a leader in DMC and provide a unique networking and career-enhancing opportunity. *Must be in the MPDC program and core course requires a 'B' or better.

  • Course #: MPDC-900-101
  • CRN: 38207
  • Instructor: Schmidt, S.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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 foundational course of the DMC program.

  • Course #: MPDC-620-101
  • CRN: 36402
  • Instructor: Small, J.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021

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.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the DMC program. A minimum grade of "B" is required to pass.

  • Course #: MPDC-550-101
  • CRN: 38105
  • Instructor: Ferry, L.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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: 38104
  • Instructor: Wygant, J.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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.

Note: 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. Note: This class requires the following pre-requisites: MPDC 500 Ethical Design, MPDC 520 Visual Comms.

  • Course #: MPDC-700-101
  • CRN: 40525
  • Instructor: Adke, D.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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: Core course, requires a B or better.

  • Course #: MPDC-500-101
  • CRN: 40545
  • Instructor: Berkeley, L.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021

MPDC-707-101

Strategic Leadership in IMC

Why are some organizations innovative and forward-thinking while others continually struggle to find a competitive advantage? In one word, the answer is leadership. Leaders determine if an organization is able to be flexible, responsive and innovative in the face of change. Yet, the majority of leaders unknowingly reward behaviors that curtail strategic thinking rather than nurture it. They confuse innovation with the creation of new products and technologies. And they miss the opportunity to create a competitive advantage in areas from fundraising and programming to marketing and communications. In this course, we will learn which leadership practices create a culture that overcomes obstacles and promotes creative problem solving. Through hands on, interactive exercises, students will develop the creativity and critical thinking skills to develop high-performing teams, construct industry-leading ideas and, ultimately, generate an enduring competitive advantage.

  • Course #: MPDC-707-101
  • CRN: 40524
  • Instructor: Santelli, R.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021

MPDC-701-101

Tech Innovations

Technology is the driving force in visual communications, design, and innovation. In the workplace, students will be expected to have a basic understanding of how to use technology in a creative setting. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of technology-driven innovations in the market, discusses strategic and sustainable solutions to technology issues and challenges, and inspires students to create innovative design models for design businesses.

Note: Technology is a driving force in visual communications, design, and innovation. In the workplace, you will be expected to have a basic understanding of how to use technology in a creative setting. This course introduces you to the fundamental concepts of technology-driven innovations in the market and discusses strategic and sustainable solutions to technical issues and challenges. Note: This class requires the following pre-requisites: MPDC 500 Ethical Design, MPDC 520 Visual Comms

  • Course #: MPDC-701-101
  • CRN: 40548
  • Instructor: Jablow, A.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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: 38106
  • Instructor: Schmidt, S.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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: 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 a 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: 39336
  • Instructor: Wang, X.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 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.

  • Course #: MPDC-610-101
  • CRN: 36401
  • Instructor: Schauble, J.
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2021