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Interior Design 103

DSNI 103: Visual Thinking for DesDSNI 103:Visual Thinking for Design

Prerequisites: “C” or better in DSN 100 and DSN 110; 2.5 in-major GPA

Credit Hours: (3) Six hours studio

An application of design fundamentals and problem solving techniques to two- and three-dimensional design problems for the interior spatial environment, with attention to human factors. Emphasis is on the design process, including conceptual thinking and creative expression.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both DSNI 112 and DSNI 103.


Detailed Description of Course

The purpose of this course is to explore two- and three-dimensional design elements and principles within the context of human factors. The student develops an understanding of the application of abstract design principles in creating a functional design solution.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Functional/aesthetic requirements and design fundamentals are explored through studio exercises and projects. Alternative solutions are generated through creativity and ideation exercises; spatial composition is evaluated and refined through sketching exercises and study model building. The preliminary stages of the design process are emphasized in an effort to enhance the quality and appropriateness of the final design solution.  Project assignments emphasize client and user suitability. This class also provides:
1. Opportunities for developing knowledge of other cultures. (2f)
2. Opportunities for innovation and creative thinking. (4h


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate:

1. Appropriately apply ergonomic and anthropometric data, and theories of human behaviors. (3b, 3c)
2. Identify and define relevant aspects of a design problem (goals, objectives, performance criteria). (4a)
3. Synthesize information and generate multiple concepts and/or multiple design responses to programmatic requirements. (4d)
4. Demonstrate creative thinking and originality through presentation of a variety of ideas, approaches, and concepts. (4e)
5. Express ideas clearly in oral and written communication. (6b)
6. Use sketches as a design and communication tool (ideation drawings). (6c)
7. Integrate oral and visual material to present ideas clearly. (6f)
8. Understand the elements of project management, project communication, and project delivery methods. (7d)
9. Students are able to use historical precedent to inform design solutions. (8e)
10. Students effectively apply the elements, principles, and theories of design to two-dimensional and three-dimensional design solutions. (9a, 9b)
11. Students are able to analyze and discuss spatial definition and organization. (9c)
12. Student work demonstrates understanding of color principles, theories, and systems. (10a)
13. Student work demonstrates understanding of the interaction of light and color and the impact they have on one another and interior environments. (10b) Apply analytical and conceptual thinking (problem identification, goals, objectives, information gathering, critical and strategic analysis, and problem solving).
14. Apply analytical and conceptual thinking (problem identification, goals, objectives, information gathering, critical and strategic analysis, and problem solving).


Assessment Measures

Studio assignments, including exercises, projects and presentations, will be used to assess student performance. Written and oral critiques, time management records, and concept statements comprise an integral part of the evaluation criteria for all projects.


Other Course Information
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Review and Approval
March 2010