Design Courses Fall 2019

Student showcasing product design during mid-semester review

DES 308: Intro to Design Theory/Criticism
Instructor: Monica Penick
Description: Lecture/seminar course. Introduces design theory and criticism, examining how people's beliefs and values inform the way they make, understand, and evaluate works of design.

DES 309: Introduction to Design
Instructor: TBD
Description: Studio course. Introduction to the design process, including research, ideation, prototyping, critique, and iteration. Projects also introduce the vocabulary, principles, strategies, techniques, and conventions of drawing and rendering used by design professionals.

DES 314: Intro to Industrial Design
Instructor: TBD
Description: Introduction to theories, principles, methods, and techniques for industrial design in a studio format.


DES 320: Design Theories/Methods
Instructor: Carma Gorman
Description: Lecture/seminar/studio course. Introduces cultural and aesthetic theories pertinent to design, as well as research methods for generating and prototyping ideas.

DES 321: Images in Communication
Instructors: Kelcey Gray/Alyson Beaton
Description: Studio course. Explores the selection and creation of images appropriate to specific communication goals and contexts, such as promotional images, infographics, logos, instructions and/or narratives.

DES 322: Design and Social Environment
Instructors: Jiwon Park
Description: Studio course. Involves researching a contemporary social issue; define an area of opportunity; and design graphics, objects, services, and/or systems that respond ethically to the issue.

DES 325: Typography I
Instructors: Alyson Beaton/Kelcey Gray/Jason Wilkins
Description: Studio course. Projects introduce the fundamental principles, conventions and techniques of typography.

DES 326: Objects and Spaces
Instructor: Kate Catterall/Jose Perez
Description: Studio course. Projects introduce rendering and prototyping techniques used for solving problems in three-dimensional media such as product design, packaging design, environmental graphics and/or architectural/landscape design.

DES 327: Prototyping Physical Space
Instructor: TBD
Description: Studio-based exploration of the iterative development of low-resolution immersive environments.

DES 337: History of Graphic Design
Instructor: Carma Gorman
Description: Lectures and discussions focusing on specialized or advanced topics in the history of design.

DES 330T: Generative Protoyping
Instructor: Kate Canales
Description: Exploration of innovative topics in design.

DES 340C: Identity Systems
Instructor: Jason Wilkins
Description: Examine the relationship between business and graphic design to simplify, unify, and amplify a brand's identity in a studio format.

DES 346: Project Studio (wkrm)
Instructor: Jiwon Park
Description: Studio course. Professional experience solving real-world problems, including commissioned projects, student-initiated projects and/or pro bono projects.

DES 347: Publication Studio
Instructor: Kevin Auer
Description: Studio course. Advanced publishing projects in print and/or digital media.

DES 349: Interaction Design II
Instructor: James Walker
Description: Lecture/studio course. Students design visually pleasing, responsive, user-centered web and mobile interfaces.

DES 350: Advanced Interaction
Instructor: TBD
Description: Studio course. Projects focusing on contemporary design practice, featuring approaches and subfields not represented elsewhere in the curriculum.

DES 350: Typographic Environments
Instructor: Jason Wilkins
Description: Studio course. Projects focusing on contemporary design practice, featuring approaches and subfields not represented elsewhere in the curriculum.

DES 374: Capstone Design Project
Instructor: James Walker
Description: Studio course. Students define their own research problem and propose appropriate design solutions, guided by feedback from desk critiques with the instructor, group critiques and reviews with a visiting critic.

DES 376: Independent Study: Design
Instructor: TBD
Description: Student-defined projects completed under faculty supervision.

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