Systems Design Thinking (formerly Integrated Design)

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The next decade asks us to reconsider the role and relevance of design in every aspect to our world, connecting humans beings and the planet.

In CCS's Systems Design Thinking program, you will strengthen your ability to leverage the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of climate change and other issues facing our planet. You will become an expert in understanding emotional intelligence, social influence, and service orientation.

You will design initiatives and projects in a forward-looking, inclusive, and integrated way, re-and up-skilling your “human” competence to address multiple challenges at one time, improving services and saving resources.

Your experience will be uniquely shaped by being in Detroit. With its UNESCO City of Design designation and its multi-layered reality, Detroit welcomes you to participate in project-based work and hands-on experiences. Is your portfolio demonstrating versatility, critical thinking, rigor, point of view, and accomplishment working with visualizations media? If yes, join us.

Systems Design Thinking will be a STEM-designated program for students starting in the fall of 2021. New international students completing this program will qualify to apply for the STEM OPT (optional practical training) Extension

Department Achievements

Equitable Mobility Detroit 2030 

Part of a citywide effort to use user-centered design as a driver for equitable development, the Equitable Mobility Detroit 2030 project explores innovative neighborhood mobility proposals. Autonomous mobile pods bring 21st-century curriculum directly to youth in Detroit neighborhoods. Larger mobile units transform daily commutes into tailored, place-based entrepreneurship training and mentorship for the neighborhood's young adults. Mobile health units collect relevant data to generate nutrition plans and menus. 

The two project outcomes, Scenario Design and Service Design, were created by CCS graduate students and featured at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in the exhibition The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility and at the Detroit Design 139 INCLUSIVE FUTURES EXHIBITION.

Learn more about the Equitable Mobility Detroit 2030 Project

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Contact Us

MFA Systems Design Thinking Department
T. 313.664.1475
F. 313.664.1490

Department Chair
Maria Luisa Rossi