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DESIGN 165 Introduction to Industrial Design (5) VLPA
Provides a general introduction to industrial design. Develops students' knowledge through lectures, readings, and studio projects that focus on the history of the discipline and the processes of brainstorming, ideation, skill building, problem solving, and professional presentation used in the creation of design. Includes participation by guest designers.
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DESIGN 166 Design Foundations (5) VLPA
Examines the rudiments of visual structure and problem solving in two and three-dimensional design. Emphasizes design methodology and design processes with emphasis on the formal principles of composition and organization.
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DESIGN 207 Design Drawing (5) VLPA
Concentrates on developing skills used to communicate ideas that exist in the imagination. Focuses on study of design drawing history and development of basic skills necessary for ideation, exploration, communication, explanation. Prepares students to visualize and discuss ideas rapidly and professionally. For design majors only.
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DESIGN 208 Survey of Design History (5) VLPA
Surveys the ideas, events, and individuals that determined the design of information, objects, culture, and commerce across societies. Examines the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts that shape design and the ideologies ad relationships of similar movements in art and architecture. Includes late nineteenth century through contemporary issues.
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DESIGN 209 Fundamentals of Typography (5) VLPA
Develops understanding of and sensibility to typographic details used to create effective communication. Focus moves from understanding letter forms that make up words to the complexities of developing phrases, sentences, and short paragraphs with multiple levels of hierarchical meaning. Prerequisite: DESIGN 207.
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DESIGN 210 Collaboration and Improvisation (5) VLPA
Introduces key factors in the theory and practice of creating and participating in collaborative projects. Focuses on creating and participating in effective teams, understanding strengths and roles within teams, working through team issues, developing techniques for interdisciplinary problem solving. Prerequisite: DESIGN 207.
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DESIGN 211 3-D Foundation (5) VLPA
Introduction to aesthetic fundamentals of 3-dimensional form. Explores the articulation of form and space in both abstract and applied scenarios. Prepares design students for subsequent work in interaction design, design studies, industrial design, and visual communication design. Prerequisite: DESIGN 210.
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DESIGN 212 Introduction to Interaction Design (5) VLPA
Introduces human-computer interaction, interface design, and interactive and time-based media for designers. Reviews foundational interaction design concepts such as human factors, perception, cognition, research techniques, and design methods for the design of interactions. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211.
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DESIGN 265 Topics in Design (5, max. 20) VLPA
Revolving topics class that addresses the thinking, skills, and creative motivations that drive the practice of design.
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DESIGN 266 Design Concepts and Practice (5, max. 20) VLPA
Revolving topics class that addresses foundational issues and contemporary practice in the field of design.
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DESIGN 300 Design and Thinking (5, max. 10) VLPA Ozubko
Develops an approach to conceptual problem solving while exploring their fundamental principles of visual communication. Cultivate critical, analytical, and verbal skills through liberal learning experiences and design methodologies. Offered: S.
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DESIGN 316 Introduction to Industrial Design (5) VLPA
Introduces the fundamentals of 3-D design with emphasis on analytical and intuitive approaches to problem solving, technical skills, and form development. Prerequisite: DESIGN 207; DESIGN 211.
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DESIGN 317 Intermediate ID Studio 1 (5) VLPA
Introduces theories, methods, and design development focused on design principles involving form, function, usability, and product development. Prerequisite: DESIGN 316.
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DESIGN 318 Intermediate ID Studio 2 (5) VLPA
Includes studio experiences that expand upon and combine intellectual and manual skills for the practice of industrial design. Emphasizes the ideation process with form development. Prerequisite: DESIGN 317.
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DESIGN 319 Advanced Design Drawing (5) VLPA
Advanced visualization and drawing using traditional and computer-aided approaches.
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DESIGN 320 Industrial Design Special Projects (5, max. 15) VLPA
Progressive industrial design methodology and criticism introduced through projects corresponding to major international design competitions, visiting critics and lecturers, corporate sponsored projects, or faculty design research. Independent or group work on projects to expand students' visual research, drawing, modelmaking, presentation, and literacy skills. Includes contemporary manufacturing and information technologies.
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DESIGN 322 Presentation for Industrial Design I (5) VLPA
Introduction to presentation skills, from quick sketching of design concepts to refined representation of the finished design in a two-dimensional format. Emphasis on accuracy and development of an individual style. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211; DESIGN 212.
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DESIGN 365 Developing Solutions in Design (5, max. 20) VLPA
Revolving topics class that concentrates on learning in specific areas where design can be used to resolve contemporary issues.
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DESIGN 366 Editorial Visualizations (5) VLPA
Expands focus on design process through a broad variety of image production techniques. Emphasizes concept development and the power of the image for storytelling. Design of stand-alone compositions is expanded into the development of a series of themed works. Prerequisite: DESIGN 209; DESIGN 210.
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DESIGN 367 Design for Mobile Experiences (5) VLPA
Investigation of strategies and graphic interpretations to develop a critical perspective on design for mobile interaction. Emphasizes development of core methodologies, vocabulary, case studies, best practices, application prototypes. Prerequisite: DESIGN 366; DESIGN 376.
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DESIGN 368 Case Studies in Corporate Identity (5) VLPA
Research and analysis of visual identity systems for complex institutional and corporate entities. Focuses on issues that concern how design programs function across divers application and media and how they engage various audiences. Prerequisite: DESIGN 377.
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DESIGN 376 Typography (5) VLPA
Explores how meaning, hierarchy, and legibility are affected by typographic contrast, organization, and composition. Prepares students to create dynamic compositions with type, understand how type is used as an image/conceptual visualization, understand the nuances/techniques involved in a professional typesetting, and develop vocabulary. Prerequisite: DESIGN 209; DESIGN 210.
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DESIGN 377 Marks and Symbols (5) VLPA
Investigates formal and conceptual problems associated with mark and symbol design. Students individually/collaboratively research and develop a series of marks and symbols for specific organizations. Helps develop the ability to recognize effective marks/symbols that identify/communicate an identity or idea, identify specific types of marks and symbols, and determine the most suitable types for a specific communication problem. Prerequisite: DESIGN 366, DESIGN 376.
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DESIGN 378 Information Architecture and Web Design (5) VLPA
Fundamental issues in web design, including site planning, information architecture, navigation, visual hierarchy, and interactivity. Emphasis on understanding the unique functional limitations of designing for the web while building an awareness of contemporary design practice. Design a simple site and produce a working a prototype. Prerequisite: DESIGN 376.
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DESIGN 381 Design Case Studies: Interaction Design Technology and Production (5) VLPA
History, theory, and practice of ways design functions in society and culture. Emphasis on developing broad understanding of design production while working collaboratively and individually on a quarter-long research project concerned with producing a comprehensive conceptual map of the design discipline. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211; DESIGN 212.
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DESIGN 383 Foundations of Interaction Design (5) VLPA
Focus on human-to-product interaction and ways we perceive, understand, and experience the world in regard to objects, environments, or on-screen controls/information. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211; DESIGN 212.
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DESIGN 384 Information Visualization for Interaction Designers (5) VLPA
Surveys information visualization approaches, techniques, and concepts for the design of interaction information systems, interactive instructions, and animated information graphics. Prerequisite: DESIGN 381; DESIGN 383.
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DESIGN 385 Design Innovation and Society (5) VLPA
Surveys the role of interaction design and impact of new information technologies and interactive product/systems of everyday life, expert domains, the formation of values and knowledge, and the production of adaptation to innovations. Prerequisite: DESIGN 381; DESIGN 383.
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DESIGN 386 Visual Storytelling (5) VLPA
Investigates the form and role of visual narratives from design development in the interaction design process. Introduces planning and production of storyboards, photography, video, editing for storytelling, character development, and design concept visualization as they apply to design presentation, communication, and evaluation of interactive design sequences. Prerequisite: DESIGN 384; DESIGN 385.
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DESIGN 387 Physical Interaction Design (5) VLPA
Surveys approaches, concepts, and techniques for the design of interaction systems that are situated in physical environments. Prerequisite: DESIGN 384; DESIGN 385.
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DESIGN 443 Materials and Manufacture in Industrial Engineering (5) VLPA
Analyzes materials used in mass-produced products, focusing on how these materials impact product design and on finishing quality of products. Emphasizes materials research and manufacturing processes. Team-based research with multi-media report-out at end of quarter. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211; DESIGN 212.
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DESIGN 444 Prototype Project Development (5) VLPA
Learn to apply traditional hand tools and digital prototyping machines to the creative process of industrial design.
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DESIGN 445 Advanced Industrial Design (5) VLPA
Emphasizes solving problems through the manipulation of design theory, application of human factors, appropriate combination of materials and manufacturing techniques, and presentation of concepts. Prerequisite: DESIGN 318; DESIGN 323.
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DESIGN 446 Advanced Industrial Design: Professional Practice (5) VLPA
Collaboration project with the professional design industry. Students learn how industrial designers brainstorm, develop, and refine initial design concepts to final product solutions. Prerequisite: DESIGN 445.
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DESIGN 447 Senior Projects in Industrial Design (5) VLPA
Industrial design project of the student's own choosing, with consent of instructor, to refine problem solving and design ability in preparation for graduate exhibition. Prerequisite: DESIGN 446.
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DESIGN 466 Publication Design (5) VLPA
Stresses the research, development, organization, design, and presentation of a complex printed document, such as a journal, annual report, or large publication. Addresses all aspects of design, content, image creation, and production through a quarter-long project. Prerequisite: DESIGN 368; DESIGN 378.
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DESIGN 467 Exhibition and Installation Design (5) VLPA
Explores how to communicate powerful messages and stories in three-dimensional space, bringing together typography, imagery, and innovative use of materials and structures. Emphasizes sustainable processes and materials. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211; DESIGN 212.
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DESIGN 477 Type Design (3-5) VLPA
Exploration of contemporary type design.
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DESIGN 478 Information Design (5) VLPA
Exploration of strategies for enhancing and visually presenting complex statistics and data. Various information subjects are selected and formed into charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, directories and maps. Identify, through personal investigations, the principles which provide the most successful means for presentation of information. Prerequisite: DESIGN 368; DESIGN 378.
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DESIGN 479 Interaction Design (5) VLPA
Exploration of design issues unique to user-centered interaction in digital media. Explore a range of formal and conceptual issues including user interface, organization, narrative, motion, time, and sound. Prerequisite: DESIGN 478.
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DESIGN 480 Senior Projects in Visual Communication Design (5) VLPA
Presents an opportunity for advanced, individualized design research and study. Complete a unique capstone project based on individual design interests and prior experiences in the VCD program. Public exhibition of this project is required in the BFA Graduation Exhibition. Prerequisite: DESIGN 466; DESIGN 476.
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DESIGN 481 Field Studies: Design Research Techniques (5) VLPA
Students develop an understanding of significant theoretical models related to design through a series of readings, lectures, discussions, and assignments. Prerequisite: DESIGN 386; DESIGN 387.
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DESIGN 483 Advanced Interaction Design (5) VLPA
Explores the role of visual interface design and interaction flows in technology-driven work settings. Introduces techniques for knowledge elicitation and design of interactive systems in expert domains or special use contexts to develop interface that are useful, understandable, and usable. Prerequisite: DESIGN 383.
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DESIGN 484 Senior Projects in Interaction Design (5) VLPA
Explores the design of interactive products and user experience in everyday settings. Students apply interaction design and research techniques in a multi-disciplinary studio for a quarter-long interaction design project requiring collaboration between students from a variety of backgrounds including design, engineering, and computer science. Prerequisite: DESIGN 383; DESIGN 483.
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DESIGN 488 Portfolio Preparation (3) VLPA
Focuses on developing the tools to create a successful transition between academia and professional practice as a working designer. Prerequisite: DESIGN 211; DESIGN 212.
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DESIGN 495 Design Internship (1-5, max. 10)
Internships for undergraduates in conjunction with design faculty and business partners in the design community. Credit/no-credit only.
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DESIGN 499 Individual Projects-Design (2-5, max. 15)
Independent projects in design.
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DESIGN 581 Graduate Seminar in Design (5, max. 30)
Addresses critical issues in design through research, writing, presentations, and discussion.
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DESIGN 582 Design Graduate Studio (5, max. 40)
Explores a range of ideas and influences in the context of applied design.
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DESIGN 600 Independent Study or Research (*)
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DESIGN 700 Master's Thesis (*)
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