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DESN Courses - Lower Division

110. Foundation Design History (3)

General survey of the history of design and its evolution through various stages leading to its current expression, analyzing the social influences and contributions of prominent designers of various periods.
Letter grade only (A-F).

120A-B. Fundamentals of Design (3-3)

Prerequisite for DESN 120A: none;
Prerequisite for DESN 120B: DESN 120A or consent of instructor.
Prerequisite/Corequisite for DESN 120B: DESN 151.
Systematic approach to process of designing two, three-dimensional objects including color theory, surface, volume investigation.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)

132A-B. Perspective and Rendering Systems (3-3)

Prerequisites: for DESN 132A: none; for DESN 132B: DESN 132A or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of design drawing techniques include perspective, sketching, and rendering techniques for objects and environments.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)

141. Interior/Architectural Drafting (3)

Architectural drafting graphic techniques used in light framing, commercial construction with emphasis on interiors.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (6 hours laboratory)

142. Beginning Space Planning (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 120A, DESN 132A and DESN 141 or consent of instructor.
Fundamental skill development in space planning for interiors. Function, human factors, user experience, aesthetic, perceptual and code related factors are explored.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)

143. Materials of Interiors (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 142 or consent of instructor.
In-depth exploration of construction materials, finishes and furnishings, manufacturing processes, resources, sustainability and lifecycle issues related to interior architecture. Examination of materials technology, product innovations and applications through lecture, demonstration and field trips.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours seminar) Not open for credit for students with credit in DESN 243.

150. Design Drafting (3)

Introduction to manual and computer aided drafting. Includes orthographic and isometric views, cross sections, part and assembly drawing.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (6 hours laboratory)

151. Design Materials and Tools (2)

Hands-on experience with wood, metal, plastic materials, the technical tools for creating form. Includes appropriate safety instruction for use of power equipment.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hours laboratory)

154. Modeling and Prototyping Techniques (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 150, DESN 151 or consent of instructor.
Materials, processes, techniques for creating mock-ups, models, prototypes used by industrial designers.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)

156. 3D Computer-Aided Design (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 150 or consent of instructor.
Computer aided modeling strategies techniques for depicting three-dimensional surfaces, solids.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (6 hours laboratory)

232. Visualization Techniques (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 120B, DESN 132B or consent of instructor.
Focus on design sketching and presentation skills utilizing industry standard techniques for both objects and environments.
Not open for credit to students with credit in DESN 232A. Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)

244. Lighting Design for Interior Architecture (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 120B, DESN 132B and DESN 142 or consent of instructor.
Exploration of fundamentals of natural and engineered light in architectural and interior space. Specific focus on lighting as it supports design, relates to energy efficiency and human factors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)

245. Building Systems for Interior Architecture (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 142 or consent of instructor.
Fundamental applications of typical building systems (structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical along with building energy efficiencies/assemblies) as they influence interior architectural design.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture)

246. Computer-Aided Drafting (3)

Prerequisite: DESN 141 or consent of instructor.
Principles, methods of computer graphic applications utilizing AutoCad. Computer drafting of commercial, residential projects.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (6 hours of laboratory)

254. Production Materials and Technical Processes (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 154, DESN 156 or consent of instructor.
Study of production processes, industrial materials utilized in the manufacturing of products. Includes introduction to rapid prototyping.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. (6 hours laboratory)

255. 2D Computer-Aided Graphics (3)

Prerequisites: DESN 150 or DESN 141 or consent of instructor.
Introduction to computer-aided graphics and image manipulation. Composition with typography and image for presentation authoring. Technology and terminology for digital media processes.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory) Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here. Not open for credit for students with credit in DESN 256.

268. History and Theory of Sustainability in Design (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation Requirements or consent of instructor.
Explores the intellectual and cultural foundations of sustainability issues across design practices and disciplines in human society including historical, contemporary and future theories.
Letter grade only (A-F). (3 hours lecture)

280. Industrial Design Processes (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: DESN 154, DESN 156, DESN 232, and DESN 255 or consent of instructor.
Introductory course in the design processes utilized by industrial designers for product development.
Letter grade only (A-F). (6 hours laboratory)


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