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Design 110

DSN 110: Introduction to Design

Credit Hours: (3)

The purpose of this 3-credit lecture course is for students to receive an overview of the field of design, encompassing the built environment, fashion, interiors, print, textiles and everyday objects in the world around us.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course provides a venue for the student to explore the field of design, both as a cultural phenomenon that can enrich or contaminate society, and as a profession that employs problem solving techniques to meet human needs. Through exposure to designs and designers from many different sources, cultures, and eras, the student gains familiarity with fundamental design concepts and terminology. Creative thinking and active listening skills are emphasized; issues of social and ethical responsibility are presented. This class also provides:

1.) Opportunities for innovation and creative thinking. (4h)
2.) Opportunities for developing knowledge of other cultures. (2f)
3.) Learning experiences that engage students in collaboration, consensus building, leadership, and team work. (5c)
4.) Learning experiences that provide student interaction with multiple disciplines representing a variety of points of view and perspectives.(5d)
5.) Exposure to the role and value of public and community service. (7j)
6.) Exposure to contemporary issues affecting design. (2d)


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course’s content is explored through lecture-based learning utilizing a variety of media. Exploratory “hands-on” research and team projects reinforce lecture and required readings. Effort is made to create a climate conducive for the development of creative and conceptual thinking skills.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

As a result of this course, the student will…
1. Recognize and analyze notable designs and designers [e.g., architecture, industrial design, fashion, textiles, interiors and furnishings] and describe their significance within the historical context.
2. Explain the social or cultural factors that shape individuals’ idea making and behaviors. (2f)
3. Recognize the ethical, ecological, sustainable, cultural and global issues that impact and inform design solutions. (2d, 14a)
4. Evaluate works by designers from the perspective of aesthetic and critical criteria.
5. Identify and explain how the visual arts have been used as vehicles for influencing culture.
6. Demonstrate a basic skill in communicating ideas in written and oral formats. (6b)
7. Demonstrate a basic skill in applying critical listening skills. (4i)
8. Demonstrate a knowledge of career opportunities and professional organizations within the design profession. (7b,7h)
9. Have an awareness of team work structures and dynamics. (5a)
10. Have an awareness of the nature and value of integrated design practices. (5b)
11. Apply a variety of communication techniques and technologies appropriate to a range of purposes and audiences. (6a)
12. Understand the contributions of interior and fashion design to contemporary society. (7a)
13. Understand color principles, theories, and systems. (10a)
14. To demonstrates understanding of the interaction of light and color and the impact they have on one another and interior environments. (10b)
15. Understand professional ethics. (7e)


Assessment Measures

Exercises, reading assignments, team assignments and presentations, quizzes and exams.


Other Course Information
Guest speakers, multimedia presentations


Review and Approval

05/2011