First-Year Advising Seminar: Design is Everywhere

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Note: Schedule and room change — was M 3-5 in 3-329, now F 3-5 in 9-217

In the past, creative careers were often discouraged, considered risky and certainly not lucrative. Tomorrow's economy will require greater creativity in many areas beyond the visual and performing arts, music and literature. Today's designers are able to move across domains and industries, identify convergences, and create impact. Design thinkers take a unified approach to solving problems by combining design thinking with skills from engineering, science, the humanities, and management.

This seminar will explore design's presence and role in a variety of disciplines. Course content will include lectures and conversations with MIT faculty, from a variety of majors, discussing the role of design in their academic discipline and industry. We will also take field trips to local companies to see and better understand the role of design in industries traditionally thought of as engineering, science and/or service.

Design is Everywhere students will research, conceptualize, draw, develop, and fabricate a design solution to a real-world design problem. Designing and fabricating a functional object will be an opportunity to exercise the relationship between mind & hand, Mens et Manus.


The Freshman Advising Seminars (FAS) program, offered by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming, is one advising option available to freshmen. It is available only to first-term freshmen, who must apply online. A Freshman Advising Seminar is typically led by a faculty member who also serves as the freshman advisor to the small group of seminar advisees. While a FAS can vary in style and topic, most are oriented to group discussion and offer an opportunity to interact closely with faculty.

All Advising Seminars receive six units of credit and are graded P/D/F.