The Future of Design Education initiative convenes Working Groups for the development of themes that represent broad consensus and feedback from educational samples.

Each Working Group produces: a theme definition: a preamble that identifies content scope and reflects concern for beliefs, principles, and characteristics of graduates; and a bulleted list of 5-10 topics that itemize ideas, much like chapter titles in a book. For each topic, the group determines whether it is core, specialized, or optional and provides a statement of desired Student Learning Outcomes with a rubric.