Courses

Sponsored Courses

Learn more about our sponsored courses that offer interdisciplinary opportunities in management, design, and entrepreneurship. 

Spring 2021

ES377 & ES397 // STEM Innovation and Technology Commercialization

Cockrell School of Engineering
ES377 Undergraduate & ES397 Graduate 

SP2021 | Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | ONLINE

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This course is designed to provide practical tools and know-how when thinking about STEM-focused innovation and technology commercialization. This class will introduce concepts of Needs Driven Innovation (derived from Stanford’s Biodesign), address the role of intellectual property protection and its link to the knowledge economy, look at the creation of a pitch deck for STEM technologies, explore technology commercialization in STEM sectors like energy, medical devices, software security, materials, and others, examine the anatomy of SAFE and convertible notes, and discuss other relevant topics to empower and inform a developing entrepreneur. Students will participate in lectures and discussions with specialized guest speakers.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Van N. Truskett

TXA365 // Accessory Design, Development and Merchandising

College of Natural Sciences
TXA 365 

Spring 2021 | Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Hybrid or Blended | Course #54060 // Internet | Course #54065

Check out the video from the Spring 2020 TXA365 Course

From beyond the walls of the classroom and into a real-life creative studio, this hands-on experiential course will walk students through the steps of designing a jewelry collection through the Kendra Scott lens. The project-based course will encourage collaboration by building team-centered student groups from various disciplines. Students will gain experience by working directly in designated groups and with faculty from the Division of Textiles and Apparel and leaders from the Kendra Scott team. A series of student projects will focus on research, design, product development, product launch and merchandising for a jewelry collection suitable for the Kendra Scott target market. 

The semester-long course will provide insight into designing a jewelry collection while working with development and merchandising to create a line plan. Courses will take place at both the UT campus and Kendra Scott design studio or online as students work through the various stages of design to 3D prototype development. The semester will end with a virtual student exhibition in partnership with the Kendra Scott team where one piece may be chosen for distribution in selected Kendra Scott stores. This experiential course is open to all majors at the junior and senior level and will meet once a week for three hours. 

The intent of featuring student designs is solely for the purpose of showcasing student work and celebrating Kendra Scott’s partnership with UT.  20% of the proceeds from this product are donated back into the WEL Institute. Kendra Scott does not make a profit from this product.

Faculty Contact: Jessica Ciarla

Fall 2020

ITD350 // Women in Entrepreneurship

College of Fine Arts
ITD 350 

Co-taught by founder and designer Kendra Scott and serial entrepreneur Jan Ryan, this course is designed to provide hands-on, tangible tools to equip and empower female entrepreneurs. With a blend of lectures, experiential exercises and guest speakers, the class will immerse students in the core tenets of creating a new business, exposing the obstacles women face in contemporary society, and understanding the value of networking and mentorship, with an emphasis on team-based collaboration. Targeted students are those who are interested in the female founder’s unique perspective, are curious about starting their own company, or who simply want to pursue an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset. The goal of this class is to confront common gender biases and conditioning, and in the context of the entrepreneurial journey provide actionable advice to empower students to see larger possibilities for their career. 

Faculty Contact: Jan Ryan

MAN347P // Consumer Products Entrepreneurship Practicum

McCombs School of Business
MAN 347P 

This practicum course provides an opportunity for students to develop and apply knowledge on establishing and growing a business in consumer product industries. The course uses a variety of pedagogical approaches and involves extensive teamwork and project work. Student projects will focus on developing strategies and plans for such a business and will apply key concepts related to developing product ideas, understanding customers, and establishing product-market fit.

The course will feature several executive speakers from consumer products companies, who will discuss their industry and entrepreneurship experiences, and will challenge students with “live case” situations that they have faced in the past (e.g., an unexpectedly large order comes in early in the company’s life); students will develop responses to the situations and will be able to learn from what the company actually did, and from relevant research findings.

During the semester, students will be provided with guidance from executives from consumer products companies, as well as from others within the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of The University of Texas at Austin. At the culmination of the semester, teams will share their projects in a Demo Day presentation.

Faculty contact: Dr. Melissa Murphy

TXA365 // Accessory Design, Development and Merchandising

College of Natural Sciences
TXA 365 

From beyond the walls of the classroom and into a real-life creative studio, this hands-on experiential course will take students through the steps of designing a jewelry collection through the Kendra Scott lens. The project-based course will encourage collaboration by building team-centered student groups from various disciplines. Students will gain experience by working directly with faculty from the Division of Textiles and Apparel and leaders from the Kendra Scott team. A series of student projects will focus on research, design, product development and merchandising for a jewelry collection suitable for the Kendra Scott target market.

The semester-long course will provide insight to designing a jewelry collection while working with development and merchandising to create a line plan. Courses will take place at both the UT campus and Kendra Scott design studio as students work through the various stages of design to 3D prototype development. The semester will end with a student exhibition in partnership with the Kendra Scott team. This experiential course is open to all majors at the junior and senior level and will meet once a week for three hours. Throughout the semester, students will benefit from off-site visits including the Kendra Scott distribution center.

Faculty Contact: Jessica Ciarla

Check out the video from the Spring 2020 TXA365 Course:

We Love Our Fearless Females

Jan Ryan joined the University of Texas in 2017 as Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the College of Fine Arts.  As an early leader in women’s empowerment, Jan helped to architect the Kendra Scott WEL Institute, with a passion for equipping students in majors not usually considered “entrepreneurial” with the tools they need to become true leaders in their field.

We Love Our Fearless Females

Dr. Melissa Murphy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and one of the Kendra Scott WEL Institute’s founding fellows. She launched and teaches the first-ever consumer products practicum in the Kendra Scott WEL Institute where students learn to launch their own consumer products alongside Austin-famous entrepreneurs and mentors. Dr.Murphy is dedicated to helping women succeed professionally.

Melissa Murphy

We Love Our Fearless Females

Jessica Ciarla is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Textiles and Apparel at The University of Texas at Austin. As a fashion designer and consultant, Prof. Ciarla enjoys mentoring students and continues to develop partnerships with industry leaders for collaborative learning experiences. She empowers women by creating course structures that include student led activities and problem-solving focused briefs.

Jessica Ciarla

Campus Partners