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ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

 

3rd Term Review (ENV-200)

Enollment for this class should be with 3rd term classes. Consists of a portfolio review & successful review by the Dept Chair before the student is allowed to enroll in any 4th term classes.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

4th Term Review (ENV-250)

Required for all 4th term Evnironmental Design students. Portfolio review & successful review by the Dept Chair.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

6th Term Review (ENV-300)

Enollment for this class should be with 6th term classes. Consists of a portfolio review & successful review by the Dept Chair before the student is allowed to enroll in any 7th term classes.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Adv Spatial Graphics (ENV-516)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Topic Studio-Furniture (ENV-507)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Topic Studio-Lighting (ENV-508)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Ambient Media + Interactivity (ENV-514)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Color . Material + Concept (ENV-205)

This class will focus on the emotive qualities of material - researching and exploring how material and color impacts 3-dimensional space. Color and Material should not be discrete fields within architecture and design, rather an extension of all real experience. We will therefore approach color and material as integral to the design process, letting the fundamental qualities of both influence design, and treating them as critical points of departure for investigating spatial possibilities. This course involves research, student presentations, and design problems focused on exploring materials and graphic spaces at various scales from object to skin to building. Course Objective: To establish a greater understanding of the emotive powers of color & materials.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Completed Thesis (ENV-700)

A Pass in this course means the student has submitted the thesis and the thesis has been approved by the department. This is the final requirement for graduation.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Concept-Managmnt-Process (ENV-603)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Degree Project: Development (ENV-404)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Degree Project: Studio (ENV-453)

This studio provides the student with the opportunity to develop a project, which culminates from research and design, initiated during the seventh term prep studio. The class focuses on the process of design development. The nature of materials, structure, cost, environmental factors, applicable code issues guide the development of the projects. This studio explores the topic and process of moving a design project beyond preliminary design. In the design development phase, the work is further designed through more exact design decisions made due to greater focus on detail and a closer exploration of a part or piece of the project at a larger scale. Accompanying this investigation is a greater attention to material, technological and ecological aspects. There will be a focus on the particulars of the selected projects. Range of projects will be Retail design, Hospitality/restaurant design, exhibit design, Residential design, Interior products (furniture/lighting) and Set/production design. This studio will manifest itself through large-scale drawings/construction documents, models/constructs and/or multi-media presentation.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-404 Degree Project: Development
Course Credit: 3

Design Lab 1 (ENV-103)

This course introduces students to essential concepts and skills in graphic communication as it is applied in the discipline of Environmental Design. Students will work on exercises and exploratory projects that provide a foundation for making graphic design decisions, focusing on concepts such as composition, hierarchy, color, typography and grids through various mediums. Software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop will be used as tools for exploration and design in the development of these concepts. Students will also take practical skills and apply them through the lens of research and experimentation in developing a personal and professional working design process.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Design Lab 2 (ENV-153)

This course focuses on the use of graphics for students interested in a broad based design career. Students will explore the use, organization and application of content narrative designing. Projects will investigate the process of problem solving, metaphorical concept and visualization of ideas. Students will be exposed to: sequential imaging, storytelling and scalability of ideas, as well as formal issues related to typography, composition, content and research.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-102
Course Credit: 3

Design Lab 3 (ENV-203)

This course builds upon the principles of craftsmanship initially explored in Materials for Art and Design 1. Students will explore the expressive nature of materials and their integration into one another. We will look at many different types of object/model making using hand tools, power tools and the potential expression and appropriate method of each type. This studio will manifest itself through a series of exercises. Lectures, discussions and many demonstrations will serve the basic instructional methods. Three projects will be introduced which focus on space and experience and share the following components: Conceptual content - Technical content - Contextual content.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-152
Course Credit: 3

Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics (ENV-204)

This is an introduction to interactive graphics and its role in spatial design. There is always a certain amount of interactivity in every project. These interactions help to elevate the level of emotional impact and effectiveness. When well crafted, the level of involvement, impact and interactive process adds to the investment of the user and creates a sense of ownership over the experience. The strength of story paired with place, materials and message supply a rich basis for Experience Design.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-153
Course Credit: 3

Design Lab 4 (ENV-271)

Completely Integrated Message Making How can graphics, environment, and technology interface to deliver unique opportunities in brand awareness? This class looks at ways to involve and evolve these disciplines into projects that move far beyond tranditional approaches to graphic and advertising campaigns, retail, hospitality and exhibit design. Students will explore branding in three different assignments: 1. Pop-Up Retail/Rogue Shows How do you create a temporary environment that appears unannounced quickly draws a crowd to deliver a message that captures a brand attitude and essence and then disappears or morphs into something completely dirrerent? The future of branding must resonate with today's consumer who wants to be challenged, delighted and educated in unexpected ways. 2. Event Design Event design for corporate functions where the branded message is obvious is one way to speak to an audience. But more and more these branded events are becoming non-labels. Quiet forms of messages are strongly focusing on a targeted purpose for the audience. A one day event can take the shape of finding an old train yard that has a history and making it into a one night concert that offers the best music acts in the world. 3. The City Block Develop a city block into one branded environment. From a window to a facade to the sidewalk and the road. All aspects of a city block and what is encountered along the way can be used to deliver an experience that points to a place, a product, or a service. Technologies are emerging that are changing the landscape of architecture in an urban environment. A brand that can take advantage of this opportunity will have the ability to tell their story several thousand times a day. Lectures include past branding efforts in time from super graphics of the 70's to the uber interactive events of today where the audience is the medium and translators of the message. Guest speakers will share case studies of their own projects as well as those that have inspired them.

Prerequisite: ENV-204 Design Lab 3: Applied Graphics
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 1 (ENV-101)

In collaboration with the Environmental Design 1 class, students will explore basic design and representational techniques and develop their own drawing skills as a medium of creative exploration, for artistic, design and communication objectives. Students will first learn to see with acuity, accuracy, and understanding, then transform seeing into interpretation and intention with learned drawing skills. With these skills, students can then give design and thought immediate form, as well as create the images that effectively communicate.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 2 (ENV-151)

The second of three consecutive studio courses, this course is an overview of 3D computer-aided visualization concepts through the instruction of two industry leading software tools. The focus of this class is on the applications of AutoCAD and Maya to the design process and visual communication. AutoCAD and Maya will be presented through weekly exercises and a more comprehensive project-based approach. The course is structured around three application goals: Basics, Processes and Presentations -which are not seen as completely separable, and intertwine with each other during the term. The first goal is for the student to become familiar with basic representation methods and tools, while the second introduces the additional concepts required for students to dynamically interact with the computer and apply comprehension of these basic techniques to the design process. The third component of the class reviews the different communicative capacities of representation methods. Students will formulate a presentation of their project through analysis and evaluation of presentation techniques.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-101
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 3 (ENV-201)

This course explores the application of computation as a design methodology. Building off of the skill set acquired in Design & Representational Techniques 2, this class will further explore the meaning and the how to of working within a 3d application. We can begin to develop a collaborative approach to using the computer as both a partner and as a medium. This offers the designer an ever expanding potential to generate newness through invention and exploration. The primary applications used in this class are Alias AutoStudio and Alias Maya. Both of these programs are industry standard in their respected areas and can provide the user with the capability to construct absolutely anything. The class will focus on the depth of the tools ranging from modeling to animation, and from visualization to rendering.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-151
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 4 (ENV-251)

This class emphasizes how materials, color and lighting influence the experiential aspects of an environment. Students will research scientific as well as cultural attitudes on material and color, as well as documenting and generating their own studies and proposals on the subject. Projects will bridge the thresholds of art and design, by suggesting solutions that are at once both sculptural and functional.

Prerequisite: ENV-201 Digital Process 3
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 5 (ENV-311)

Digital Process 5 continues to work with parametric solid modeling concepts but now the focus shifts from form to assembly. Students will learn to test the form and shape of their design and evaluate its performance, be it formability, cost, motion, structural, etc. Emphasis will be placed on how these simulated real world factors can be evaluated and help to update and inform our designs.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 6 (ENV-504)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 7 (ENV-509)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process 7 (ENV-809)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Process INDIA (ENV-354)

Digital Process INDIA is a co-required class with TDS DesignMatters Living Home: INDIA class. DPI will act as the digital arm of this studio. The studio will focus on form generation with parametric solid modeling concepts as well as designing for manufacturing and assembly. Course Objective: Students will learn to test the form and shape of their design and evaluate it's performance be it formability, cost, motion, structural, etc. Emphasis will be placed on how real world factors can be evaluated and help to update and inform our designs. 3 Units

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Documentation-Presentation (ENV-605)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Environmental Design 1 (ENV-102)

Students will explore a number of strategies designers use to understand, evaluate and create both built and virtual environments. A series of design exercises that explore the various strategies allow students to initiate the development of a personal design process. Through slide shows, readings and a number of analytic exercises that run concurrently with the design problems, students will investigate a variety of environments. Finally, students will learn to explore and to communicate their ideas through sketching, formal drawings, models and verbal presentations.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Environmental Design 2 (ENV-152)

Design for the Contemporary Work Space This Design studio seeks to address further conceptual principles and focus on context and contextual issues. Students will generate design concepts for multi-level program requirements. The handling of circulation and spatial adjacencies and experience will be given prime consideration. Other issues such as lighting, proportion, construction, context, visibility, materiality, approach and visibility will be discussed. Brand - Image - Experience will be introduced and discussed in this studio. The course requires the students to arrive at their own relevant concept, to explore the design process, formulating an expressive solution to the design challenge. Solutions should echo through the material choices, colors, lighting, textures and furnishings and ultimately to the Experience. The process undertaken to arrive at a successful project will be stressed throughout the course through assignments, lectures and studio critiques.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-102
Course Credit: 3

Environmental Design 3 (ENV-202)

This studio explores conceptual strategies in the development of a design idea. Emphasis is on the formal, experiential and material issues inherent in cultivating a design sensibility or language. Projects given range in topic, but are Interior in nature, integrating the design and articulation of space, furniture, materials, lighting, display and graphics. Working with a prescribed hypothetical client, students are challenged to reinterpret a brand identity. Students will learn to generate design solutions that are both conceptually innovative and commercially viable. Students are challenged to explore an idea intellectually and intuitively. Through conceptual exercises, students explore ways of building a foundation on which to begin the design process.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-152
Course Credit: 3

Environmental Design 4 (ENV-252)

This class emphasizes a holistic design process as applied to interpretive exhibition spaces, both temporary and permanent. Students are asked to explore alternative methodologies, translations and metaphors in communicating an idea, service, point of view or product. Special attention is paid to the notion of experiential design in a branding context. Students are given specific parameters to develop their own exhibition project delving into issues of story-telling, narrative and branding in a 3D space. Structural and graphic systems are also addressed with an emphasis in constructing a viable and clear program as project directive.

Prerequisite: ENV-202 Environmental Design 3
Course Credit: 3

Environmental Internship (ENV-900)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Experience Design (ENV-352)

Each section will have a unique description

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Fabrication Innovation 1 (ENV-602)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Fabrication Innovation 2 (ENV-606)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Grad Seminar (ENV-510)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Rhino: Furniture/Envi (ENV-261X)

This course section is open only to incoming undergraduate and graduate students in Art Center's Environmental Design program who have been preapproved to take it.

Prerequisite: ACN-101 Digital Design 1 or equivalent, plus experience in figure drawing/design.
Course Credit: 3

Materials & Innovation 1 (ENV-505)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Materials and Making (ENV-104)

This course offers an introduction to the materials and processes that inform our spatial experience through the investigation of interdisciplinary techniques and methods of making. Through a series of model making explorations, students will analyze appropriate scalar shifts and material constructs within a conceptual model. Once a fundamental understanding of scale and representation has been established, students will integrate material research and fabrication techniques towards creating a tangible model of spatial experience. The course will conclude with an interdisciplinary group exhibition that showcases each student?s understanding of model making explorations, material representation, and fabrication techniques.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Portfolio Studio (ENV-302)

The goal is to design a portfolio that represents not only existing work, but to communicate a students desire professional direction.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Portfolio and Presentation (ENV-452)

As part of 8th term, students will focus on two major components to this studio. The first is the design and completion of a graduating portfolio, and the second is the exhibit design and execution of their senior show.

Prerequisite: Take ENV-404 Degree Project: Development
Course Credit: 3

Research Project-Indus Sponsr (ENV-521)

On any given semester students may have the choice of one of the below: A) Research Project - Industry Sponsored B) Internship - Industry Sponsored C) AC Lite Term - to expand knowledge base

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 6

Research Project-Indus Sponsr (ENV-511)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 4

Safe Agua/DM Devel Smnr (ENV-353)

This fast-paced immersive seminar focuses on coaching students to develop and incubate prototype-driven projects that solve social/humanitarian real-world challenges. Students will be encouraged to bring prototype and concept ideas developed in prior courses and work with faculty guidance and guest experts in multi-disciplinary teams to integrate disciplines such as business, engineering, and humanities and sciences. Topics will include human-centered / participatory design research methodologies and user-testing, rapid prototyping, collaboration and innovation techniques, project leadership, and a broad exposure to resources for developing implementation scenarios through access to outside partnerships and grants.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Space, Brand & Experience (ENV-607)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Spatial Scengrphy Studio 1 (ENV-512)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Spatial Scengrphy Studio 2 (ENV-515)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Structure-Interior Architect (ENV-253)

This course is an overview of means and methods commonly employed to realize a design after it has been conceived. This class focuses on the construction, fabrication & manufacturing aspects of spatial projects. Students will be introduced to the process of developing a design with collaborators, consultants, agencies and fabricators. Case-study projects will be analyzed to demonstrate how materiality and connections are deployed on an actual construction. Students will then apply their understanding to the development of their own projects.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (ENV-975)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Sustainability Studio (ENV-254)

General Description: Students will learn to analyze existing products, environments, and processes for sustainability. By moving away from the "how can we be less bad?" mentality to the "how can we be 100% good?" mindset, students will explore the redesign of a variety of objects and environments to be sustainable: to meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. The class will explore strategies that allow students to take on such issues as up-cycling (recycling scrap products to create new higher value entities), eliminating the concept of waste (waste equals food), and reducing our ecological footprint through the intelligent design of environments and products.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Theory, Concept, Culture (ENV-608)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Thesis Studio 1 (ENV-601)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 6

Thesis Studio 2 (ENV-604)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 9

Topic Studio (ENV-310)

Each Topic Studio segment has a different course description. See the Department Chairs Office for more information.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Topic Studio - Furniture (ENV-501)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Topic Studio - Lighting (ENV-502)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Vis Com 3 (ENV-295)

Vis-Com-Three: Idea Communication with digital drawing, painting & photo composite We continue to blend traditional hand skills with digital media. We will composite hand art over site photos, and import digital textures in hand art. Students will become extremely proficient with rapid-vis color marker, and perspective sketch techniques. They will also sketch and paint on a pen tablet to explore an expressive approach to working with Photoshop, Painter and Sketchbook Pro. We will learn to balance hard edge details with subtle humanity to describe design intent with form and purpose. This class will provide an opportunity to develop a fluid and personal approach to express concepts or a narrative of spatial experience with confidence and a style.

Prerequisite: ENV-265 Vis Com 2
Course Credit: 3

Visual Communication 1 (ENV-235)

Primer class with a focus on learning ways to capture, develop and express ideas on paper. We study a variety of hands skills including; Basic pencil drafting techniques. Diagramming space plans, 147Rapid Vis148 quick sketch techniques and assembling scale study models. Students draw objects with a sense of structure. Acquire a basic knowledge of linear perspective and practical ways to apply these skills. This class is a companion to the Studio Class. Assignments are synchronized to help students reach full potential on design exploration and produce quality work on schedule.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Visual Communication 2 (ENV-265)

This class builds on the knowledge acquired in Vis Com One and continues to emphasize methods to study and present a volume of ideas with authority and style. We continue to practice 147Rapid Vis148 technique with pencil, pen, marker and Wacom stylus. We explore professional methods of how to work an idea with the assistance of digital camera for photo reference and 3-D digital modeling programs as a basis for producing sketch under lays. We use Photoshop to apply tone, color and photo entourage. Each student is encouraged to develop a personal voice for expression,

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

   
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