Senior Synthesis

This semester-long journey emphasizes creative independence, agency, and self-initiated making that is oriented toward design practice in the greater contexts of design, industry, culture, and the world. As part of this process, students bring together their knowledge, skills, and experiences to synthesize those ideas into a cohesive body of work known as a thesis.

The thesis engages with the multiple facets of design studies, serving as a proposition or argument explicated by design, research, and written components. The form that it takes is determined by the nature of the research, the proposal, and its content: “Form-making in the service of an idea,” as Michael Vanderbyl has stated.

The project culminates in a thesis website and a group exhibition at VCUarts Qatar.

Co-taught with Basma Hamdy