What is Design Management?


Design Management blends design with business.  Graduates are well equipped to become managers within design fields. Design managers learn to lead, create and maintain collaborative relationships among designers. In addition, students graduate with  minors in Management and  Entrepreneurship.

The Design Management Concentration provides provides students with a basic knowledge of business and administrative practices, functions, analytical problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

Course Examples

DSNI 103 - Visual Thinking for Design

An application of design fundamentals and problem solving techniques to two- and three-dimensional design problems for the interior spatial environment, with attention to human factors. Emphasis is on the design process, including conceptual thinking and creative expression.      

DSNM 442 - Economics of Design

This three-hour lecture course studies the economic, governmental and environmental factors which affect the various segments of the textile, apparel and interiors complex, individually and as a whole. The factors are reviewed and evaluated from a domestic and international perspective.DSNF 307 - Integrated Apparel Design

MGNT 450 - Managing New Venture Creation

Instructs students on the initiation of business ventures. Topics to be covered in the course include the creation, identification, and analysis of business models; the process of launching new ventures, as either a privately-owned entrepreneurial or corporate-owned intrapreneurial venture; the identification, acquisition, and deployment of the resources necessary to implement business visions; and the implication of growth on firm dynamics.

Please see the Design Management progress sheet for required courses.