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This course emphasizes deep and immersive studio-based exploration of research methods and design processes towards developing original concepts, ideas, and prototypes culminating in a Senior Thesis proposal (to be realized in the following semester). Students consider contemporary trends/art movements and customer research/audience as part of their design process. They will also be required to present their proposal to a jury comprised of faculty and industry professionals. The course also includes process documentation, portfolio design, and formal presentation.