Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Design (Graphic/Information)

Note: Additional work will be required for graduate credit in 400-level courses.

DES 419         History of Design                                                                                        3
Prereq.:  ART 110 or 112 or 113 (with grades of C- or higher). History and philosophy of design function and aesthetics. Topics include graphic design, industrial design, and architectural design. NOTE: A grade of C or better is needed for graduate students to count this course as a prerequisite. [I] 

DES 436         Graphic/Information Design III                                                                3
Prereq.:  ART 224 and DES 322 (both with grades of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 322. Additional advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Campaign and expansive design solutions will be stressed. Open to majors only. 

DES 438         Graphic/Information Design IV                                                                3
Prereq.:  DES 436 (with grade of C- or higher). Continuation of DES 436. Additional advanced techniques for the professional practice of graphic/information design. Includes instruction in appropriate computer applications. Professional presentation and design for the web will be stressed. Open to majors only. 

DES 439         Central Design                                                                                             3
Prereq.:  DES 326 and DES 436 (both with grades of C- or higher) and successful Central Design portfolio review; permission of instructor. Graphic/information design practice. Features real project and production situations with simulation of a real world graphic/information design atmosphere. Open to majors only.

DES 465         Topics in Graphic/Information Design                                                    3
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Selected topics in graphic/information design. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of six credits. Open to majors only. 

DES 498         Independent Study in Graphic/Information Design                      1 TO 3
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Special independent work to meet individual interest in areas not covered by regular curriculum. May include interdisciplinary information design projects. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Open to majors only. On demand. 

DES 499         Computer Applications for Graphic/Information Design                      3
Prereq.: DES 326 (with a grade of C- or higher) and DES 425 (with a grade of C- or higher) or permission of instructor. Study of the relationship of computer application in contemporary graphic/information design practice. Laboratory exploration of relevant software and its application in the field. Open to majors only. 

DES 501         Graphic/Information Design Theory I                                                     3
Prereq.:  Admission to graduate program in Information Design or permission of program coordinator. Critical analysis of the purpose and evolution of graphic/information design theory, integrity, and computer application. Includes problem solving. Fall. 

DES 502         Graphic/Information Design Theory II                                                    3
Prereq.:  DES 501 ( with a grade of C or higher) and admission to graduate program in Information Design. Continuation of DES 501. Additional theory and applications. Technology, economic, and ethical issues will be explored. Spring. 

DES 503         Graphic/Information Design Practice I                                                    3
Prereq.:  DES 502 (with a grade of C or higher). Applied design research and practice in graphic/information design. Emphasis on creativity, practical problem solving, technical proficiency, and presentation. Fall. 

DES 504         Graphic/Information Design Practice II                                                   3
Prereq.:  DES 503 (with a grade of C or higher). Continuation of DES 503. Additional research and practice, portfolio, and presentation development. Spring. 

DES 520         Advanced History of Design                                                                      3
Prereq.:  DES 419 (with a grade of C or higher) or permission of instructor. Advanced study of the history and philosophy of design. Topics include in-depth study of symbolic meaning, visual awareness as it applies to design, and the creation of visual language in design.

DES 537         Advanced Design Internship                                                                     3
Prereq.:  DES 503 (with a grade of C or higher), portfolio review, and permission of instructor. Internship with professional graphic/information design organization. On demand.

DES 597         Research Project  (Plan C)                                                                         3
Prereq.:  DES 503, 598 (both with grades of C or higher), completion of 21 credits of planned program, and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of the research project under the supervision of research project advisor. Acceptance of the research project by the Research Project Committee (selected by student with approval of research project advisor) is required.

DES 598         Research Methods in Design                                                                     3
Prereq.:  DES 503, 520 (both with grade of C or higher and student in good standing) or permission of instructor. Study of research methods unique to the professional practice of design. Includes discussion of issues pertaining to conceptual, visual, and technological research specific to the design process. Fall.

 

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