Introducing How and Why We Teach Grad-Level Design at UNT

Section Two: Teaching and Practicing Design Research at UNT

Many of the designers who enter our MFA program and the other professionals who enter our MA program are very adept at asserting rationales that support their particular agendas or goals, but many of them haven’t developed the ability to effectively formulate, extend and critically defend their ARGUMENTS for making, doing and strategizing. These types of “arguments” are civil, and they involve an intelligent exchange of ideas between people who often possess different types of knowledge and beliefs. They’re crucial to the success of our projects.