In today’s world, even advanced programming skills are not enough to drive your career forward—particularly in startup environments that require team-based, cross-disciplinary efforts to reach critical design and business goals. An ability to communicate and collaborate with your team via skilled application of the languages and methodologies native to each discipline is essential to thriving in the digital ecosystem.
Our curriculum offers an integrative course of study that nurtures creative problem-solving at the intersections of key disciplines, and teaches you how to apply design- and business-based thinking to technological problems, amplifying your ability to maximize desirability, viability, and feasibility as a cohesive whole.
Processes and Perspectives will teach you to consider problems from the perspectives of designers, engineers, and communicators, and challenge your pre-conceptions of how those professions can impact and enhance your role as a technology leader.
IDSN 550 Opportunity and Uncertainty
Opportunity and Uncertainty will equip you to identify problems that are worth solving and carry true impact, and enhance your ability to take calculated risks toward developing and implementing innovative solutions.
IDSN 560 Narrative and Storytelling
Narrative and Storytelling will prepare you to find the ‘story’ in your work, and persuasively communicate and pitch your ideas to gain buy-in and support within your organization, and, for those startup entrepreneurs, financial investment.
IDSN 545 Integrative Project
Integrative Project places each talent-filled MSIDBT cohort into cross-disciplinary teams to ideate, research, and develop new ideas for products, services, systems, and businesses. IDSN 545 is available to be taken for credit multiple times, allowing you to perfect your ideas under the guidance of IYA’s expert faculty.
IDSN 515 Professional Practices Residential
Professional Practices Residential is a core IYA experience that places student teams inside business, industry, and the non-profit sector to imagine, design, and implement real-world solutions to problems that range from local to global, and that carry the opportunity for meaningful impact on the way we live and work as a society.