The Design Dojo uses a unique points-based system of assessment. The goal is to exceed 1000pts - and earn your Design Dojo Black Belt.

There are 2 key ways to earn points:

While the 4 Major Project each semester have fixed deadlines, the 12 Mastery Challenge are given 10 minutes of class time every week of the semester - starting in the 3rd week. If unsuccessful, a Mastery Challenge can be re-attempted any other week.

Note: To reach the goal of +1000pts, you’ll need to complete at least 3 Mastery Challenges during the semester.



Design Dojo projects are assessed by their level of:

  • Professionalism - Directions followed, work is done "to spec".

  • Craftsmanship - Work shows mastery of principles and tools.

  • Challenge - Clear evidence of effort and imagination.

While each project has unique requirements, here’s a general rubric:

200pts = Wow. This is truly professional grade work - and nothing stands out that could possible make it better.  The concept is challenging and the craftsmanship is flawless. Moreover, the work shows a mastery of principles and the tools employed to make such a design. 

180pts = Well done. One of the best solutions of the semester. The concept is demanding and the craftsmanship shows just a few elements that might be improved with more exploration or a better understanding of design. Let's talk and make it awesome. 

160pts = Ok. The work shows some level of design understanding, but lacks a solid grasp of the directions, principles, or tools.

140pts = Hmmm. There is evidence of little effort and/or some directions were straight-up ignored.

<120pts = Wha? There is some glaring omission or error in the work.


In the design industry, client feedback and re-edits (aka “rounds” are standard practice. Essentially, first solutions are just the beginning.

So after your work is initially turned in and assessed, you have the opportunity to meet up for feedback and increase your point total.

However, note that:

  • After the initial assessment, you have one week to schedule time to meet up for feedback.

  • After the feedback meeting, you have one week to turn in a revised version.

  • You get one round of these re-edits for a given project.

  • The revised solution needs to show considerable improvement in order to earn points.

  • It is easier to go from 140pts to160pts than 180pts to 200pts. (Remember, 200pts means truly professional-quality work.)