2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IDESN 4705 Professional Practices

This course introduces students to the business of being a professional designer. Various career options will be discussed, such as in-house work, agencies, smaller "boutique" studios, and freelance. Students will learn about business-to-business (B2B) industries and opportunities, design entrepreneurship, financial management, project management, job hunting, freelancing, and legalities related to design. Students will also learn how to scope design projects, estimate fees, and develop proposals as part of the business of being a designer. Students will be able to clarify their own professional goals through understanding key aspects of design-specific career and business topics.