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DIVE Existing Courses



Teaching faculty have partnered with DIVE to add design projects to their existing courses.  This means you will have the chance to experience human-centered design within courses in your area of interest, regardless of your major discipline or home school. DIVE-approved courses will be offered in a variety of departments, such as Theatre, Medicine, Health, and Society, Human and Organizational Development (HOD), and Mechanical Engineering.

Check out this NewsChannel5 story to see a DIVE course in action.


Featured Course Highlights


Alexandra Sargent Capps saw a natural intersection between fashion design and design thinking within her History of Fashion Class. In Fall 2017, the class become part of the Enhancing Existing Courses Deep DIVE. As a final product of the course, Sargent Capps’ students produced “Rethinking Collegiate Couture,” which showcases student-driven approaches and solutions to fashion sustainability through human-centered design.

Acknowledgements: The fashion sustainability video was conceptualized, researched, written, and produced by the fall THTR 2017 History of Fashion course; it stars the students; and it was edited by Erin Hardnett, Vanderbilt class of 2021. Two students from Vanderbilt’s Next Steps program were active participants in the class and in the creation of this project.


Enhancing Existing Courses Facts

  • Undergraduate students will register using YES.
  • Undergraduate students are NOT required to complete a DIVE Boot Camp in order to register for this Deep DIVE experience.
  • Enhancing Existing Courses will be available in Fall 2017. In Spring 2017, we piloted one course – THTR 2781: The History of Fashion: Sex and Propaganda.
  • At the end of the academic year, students will participate in a showcase to present their work.
  • Faculty interested in adding a design component to their course(s) should email or the Center for Teaching. Training will be provided to faculty who choose to integrate design thinking into their courses. A Course Design Institute at the Center for Teaching will be offered each May.
  • To learn more about Enhancing Existing Courses, please email


Student Learning Outcomes

Comprehend human-centered design principles

  • describe these steps
  • recognize them when presented with examples of design processes
  • distinguish between human-centered design and other approaches to design

Apply human-centered design principles to formulate a plan, gain deeper understanding, and to develop an initial solution to problems

  • develop plans to solve a design problem and break it down into logical steps
  • interview constituents
  • brainstorm ideas and develop an initial solution to problems

Apply higher level human-centered design principles to prototype, test, and implement solutions to problems

  • generate a prototype
  • test a prototype
  • refine a solution based on prototyping, testing, and client feedback