2012-13 Course Descriptions

DSGN - Design   
Department of Art and Design (CAS)

DSGN 102 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 111 Design Drawing I (2-4-3), fall, summer.  Introduces the basic skills and techniques of monochromatic drawing with emphasis placed on gesture, line, value, texture, shape, form and delineation.  Black and white media.
DSGN 201 Fundamental Design I (2-4-3), fall only. Fundamentals of design concepts and processes utilizing transformation, abstraction and organization of form, space and light.  Exploring connection between site, building, interior, human perception, historical and contemporary precedents.  Prerequisites: DSGN 111 or equivalent.
DSGN 202 Fundamental Design II (2-4-3), spring only.  Fundamentals of design concepts and processes through place-making and universal design.  Human factors, building envelope and spatial development applied to varied building typologies.  Design responses informed by historical and contemporary precedents.  Prerequisite: DSGN 201.
DSGN 211 Design Drawing II (2-4-3), fall.  Development of design drawings and rendering skills to illustrate interior and architectural concepts.  Emphasize color, value, tone and presentation. Prerequisites: DSGN 111 and ART 105.
DSGN 221 History of Architecture and Design I (3-0-3), fall.  Study of architecture, design, furniture, and environs from antiquity to the 18th century.  May be used to satisfy University Requirements.    
DSGN 222 History of Architecture and Design II (3-0-3), spring.  Study of architecture, design, furniture, and environs from the 18th century to the present.  May be used to satisfy University Requirements.    
DSGN 232 Digital Design Communication (2-4-3), spring.  Processes and procedures for studying and communicating spatial design ideas utilizing digital media.
DSGN 251 Construction I: Materials and Methods (3-1-3), fall.  Introduction to building construction materials, methods and structures, as well as building envelope performance and sustainability considerations.
DSGN 301 Intermediate Interior Design I (2-4-3), fall.  Creative and technical problem solving relative to various residential and commercial interior applications.  Human dimension and its relationship to space planning. Emphasis on technical aspects such as working drawings, lighting design and presentation techniques.  Prerequisite: DSGN 202.
DSGN 351 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 352 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 302 required.  For interior design or architecture majors only.
DSGN 401 Advanced Interior Design (2-4-3), fall.  Students demonstrate competency skills in capstone course with solutions to a residential or commercial design project.  Includes research, client interaction, and contract documentation presentation.  Prerequisites: DSGN 302 and DSGN 351.
DSGN 402 Design, Construction and Details for Interiors (2-4-3), spring.  Students demonstrate comprehensive understanding of interior design, responding to contemporary issues such as socio-economic, cultural and environmental factors.  Team-based project for a residential or commercial typology.  Emphasis on research, programming, regulatory criteria, contract documents and coordination with other disciplines.  Prerequisites: DSGN 401.
DSGN 461 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 463 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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