2009-10 Course Descriptions

   DSGN - Design

Department of Art and Design (CAS)

DSGN 141 Introduction to Interior Design (2-4-3), fall, spring. Exploration and application of interior design theory and design process techniques using problem solving methodology with emphasis on human needs, values, context, and resources. Creative application of design principles for planning and furnishing interior environments.


DSGN 242 Interior Design II (2-4-3), fall. Creative and technical problem solving relative to various residential or commercial interior applications including special needs of children, handicapped, and elderly. Space planning, working drawings, elevations, finish schedules, and budgeting. Prerequisites DSGN 141.


DSGN 243 Human Dimension and Interior Space (2-4-3), fall. Human dimension and its relationship to the functions of space in residential and non-residential activities. Computer aided drafting lab format.


DSGN 245 Architectural Drafting (2-4-3), spring. Architectural drafting using computer software programs.


DSGN 248 Visual Presentation Graphics (2-4-3), spring. Development of visual presentation illustrating interior design concepts and solutions. Rendering with color and tone. Prerequisites: ART 105, 111.


DSGN 341 Architectural Design I (2-4-3), fall. Methods and procedures of drawing, planning and designing basic architectural structures, with emphasis on residential buildings. Prerequisite: DSGN 245.


DSGN 343 Interior Design III (2-4-3), spring. Creative and technical problem solving relative to a variety of residential or commercial interiors. Application of codes and standards, programming, specifications, working drawings, space planning, and three-dimensional drawing. Computer aided drafting lab format. Concurrent enrollment in DSGN 349 required.


DSGN 345 History of Architecture and Furnishings I (3-0-3), fall. Study of period design in architecture, housing, and furnishings from antiquity to the nineteenth century.


DSGN 346 Interior Components (3-0-3), fall. Selection and specification of interior materials and finishes based on performance, decision-making criteria, resources, and estimating processes. A writing-intensive course.


DSGN 347 History of Architecture and Furnishings II (3-0-3), spring. Study of period design in architecture, housing, and furnishings from the 19th century to the present.


DSGN 349 Building Systems (3-0-3), spring. Investigation and application of building codes and standards that affect the functionality, comfort, and health, safety and welfare of building occupants. Exploration and integration of methodologies in heating/ cooling, plumbing, electricity, lighting, and communication systems within building structures through lecture and assignments. Service learning component when possible. Concurrent enrollment in DSGN 343 required. For interior design or pre-architecture majors only.


DSGN 442 Architectural Design II (2-4-3), fall. Methods and procedures for drawing, planning and designing architectural structures, with emphasis on commercial buildings. Prerequisite: DSGN 341.


DSGN 447 Professional Principles and Practices (for Design Practitioners) (3-0-3), fall. Establishment of an interior design business. Legal and financial concerns, client relationships, written agreements, contracts, budgeting, business form use, fee/compensation methods, record keeping. Also includes legal and compensation concerns related to custom designs and product designs.


DSGN 448 Advanced Design (2-4-3), spring. Students demonstrate competency skills in capstone course with solutions to a residential or commercial design project. Includes research, client interaction, and contract documentation presentation. Computer aided drafting lab format. Prerequisites: DSGN 343 and 346.


DSGN 495 Field Experience (1-10-3),* fall. Supervised work experience in an architecture or interior design business. Minimum of 160 clock hours experience in the field required, plus one-hour seminar per week. Prerequisites: junior standing, advisor approval, and acceptance of the student by a business.

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