2U, Our Program Partner
The USC Iovine and Young Academy has partnered with 2U Inc. to power and support Design@USC. Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U partners with leading nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality degree programs online.
In addition to USC, 2U currently works with a number of leading U.S. universities to support their online programs, including UC Berkeley, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New York University and Northwestern University. 2U supports graduate and doctoral programs in design and other fields, including communications, business, engineering and data science.
As part of our partnership, 2U provides the following services:
Students in the Design@USC program access a virtual campus for their classes, coursework and networking. The platform, which is available from most internet-enabled devices, is powered by 2U and features an online classroom that brings students face to face for live class sessions. Design@USC program faculty members lead program instruction, which is designed with intuitive, familiar features that foster connection and collaboration.
In preparation for live class discussions, students watch content created by USC faculty in collaboration with 2U content strategists. Together, USC professors and the 2U team develop content that is custom-made for the online program, ensuring that all content takes advantage of the latest available technologies. 2U partners with USC to produce video content while USC faculty members author and deliver all content.
Course content is not simply a series of recorded lectures but an interactive learning experience. Coursework includes problem-based learning cases, video case studies, discussions between professors and students, faculty presentations and interactive elements in which professors can see students’ progress and leave comments and feedback leading up to the live class sessions.
The Design@USC faculty work with 2U to identify and reach the most qualified candidates across the country. 2U’s marketing and recruiting efforts support USC’s goal of finding students who are most likely to succeed in the online master’s degree program. 2U also provides an online application and application management system, which ensures a seamless process for applicants and for the USC faculty and staff who review candidates. As with all USC programs, USC faculty review applications for the online program, and USC makes all admissions decisions. Degrees are conferred by USC and do not specify that the program was completed online.
Student and Faculty Support
2U prepares faculty to deliver classes and course materials through the online platform so that they are best able to use the tools available in the virtual classroom. 2U also offers orientation to all online students before classes begin. Dedicated support continues throughout the program, with technical support available during every live session.
If you have questions about Design@USC or our partnership with 2U, contact an admissions counselor via email or at 1-866-376-2505.