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TRANSPORTATION DESIGN

 

3D Digital 4 (TRAN-241)

This course is an overview of 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, composition, depth, detailing, color, rendering and printing. Students learn fundamental 3D modeling skills towards understanding automotive surfaces, lighting principles for defining shape and space, integrating the 3D workflow into the design process and creating compelling presentations that highlight the story and essence of the design concept.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-200, 3rd Term Review
Course Credit: 3

3D Digital 5 (TRAN-341)

Using Advanced Alias as a starting point, the course includes Bunkspeed HyperShot/HyperDrive + RTT DeltaGen for rendering, Autodesk Maya for animating, and Adobe AfterEffects for creating video presentations for final presentations. This class concentrates on Alias modeling techniques as used in the transportation design industry, in particular automotive interiors and exteriors surfacing. Demonstrations will outline build techniques and structuring models for later rendering and animation work.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-241, 3D Digital 4
Course Credit: 3

3D Physical 4 (TRAN-242)

This hands-on class accompanies the Auto 4: Exterior class and provides students with instruction by professional modelers on building clay models for their automotive designs. Tools and techniques for carving clay and foam will be discussed and students will receive individual assistance with their models. Students will gain competency in model making that they can then apply in future studio courses.

Prerequisite: Take IDFN-152, 3D Fundamentals 2
Course Credit: 2

3rd Term Review (TRAN-200)

This course is required for 3rd term Transportation Design students. Student work is evaluated by the department chair and faculty to determine if the student is ready to continue moving forward in their studies.

Prerequisite: Take IDFN-161, Design Process 2
Course Credit: 0

5th Term Review (TRAN-300)

This course is required for 5th term Transportation Design students. Student work is evaluated by the department chair and faculty to determine if the student is ready to continue moving forward in their studies.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-251, Transportation Studio 4A
Course Credit: 0

7th Term Review (TRAN-400)

This course is required for 7th term Transportation Design students. Student work is evaluated by the department chair and faculty to determine if the student is ready to continue moving forward in their studies.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-353, Transportation Design 6
Course Credit: 0

Adv Concept & Sys Des Studio (TRAN-554V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Concept & Sys Des Studio (TRAN-554)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Adv Concept & Sys Des Studio (TRAN-554T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Auto Product Planning (TRAN-404)

The purpose of this class is to better prepare students for careers in automotive design by exposing them to the basic marketing and product planning principals used to define and justify future automotive concepts.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-353, Transportation Design 6
Course Credit: 3

Bus & Pol of Trans Industry (TRAN-546)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Bus & Pol of Trans Industry (TRAN-546V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Bus & Pol of Trans Industry (TRAN-546T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Bus & Prod Development Studio (TRAN-646)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Completed Thesis (TRAN-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 & Sys Des Studio (T) (TRAN-504T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Concept & Sys Des Studio (V) (TRAN-504V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Concept & Systems Des Studio (TRAN-504)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Customer Centered Research (TRAN-503)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Design Strategy Studio (TRAN-571)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Design Workshop (TRAN-004)

The Design Workshop is a periodic workshop for Transportation Design students seeking individualized assistance with their exterior design work. Taught by faculty in Transportation Design, this workshop is open to all students in the department and is offered as needed.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Digital Skills (TRAN-505)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Skills (TSYS) (TRAN-505T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Digital Skills (VEHC) (TRAN-505V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Future Scenarios Dev (TRAN-526)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Guided Study (TRAN-696)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (TRAN-396)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (TRAN-596)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Guided Study (TRAN-496)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Int Design/Vehicle Arch Wksp (TRAN-003)

The Interior Design and Vehicle Architecture Workshop is a periodic workshop for Transportation Design students seeking individualized assistance with their interior design and vehicle architecture work. Taught by faculty in Transportation Design, this workshop is open to all students in the department and is offered as needed.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Interaction Des Studio Part 1 (TRAN-531)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Interaction Des Studio Part 2 (TRAN-532)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Intermediate Marine Design (TRAN-232)

This course builds upon skills and knowledge gained from the pre-requisite Introduction to Marine Design class. Each student, through the work on his/her own project and the reviews of the works of others, will gain enough experience to decide whether a future career in this field would be a smart decision. Final results should result in solid internship portfolio material. Instructors will lecture on the following topics, each at a more sophisticated level than the pre-requisite Introduction to Marine Design class: History and types of boats, markets for boats, trends in boat design, hull lines and lofting, rules and regulations, weights and balance, criteria for good boats, materials and processes, propulsion, interiors, layouts, ergonomics. Students will be expected to create several boat design proposals, which will be narrowed down and refined with instructor mentoring for a final design presentation at the end of the term.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-231, Intro to Marine Design
Course Credit: 3

Intro to Interaction Design (TRAN-530)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Intro to Marine Design (TRAN-231)

This introduction to marine design class will give students an overview of industrial design as it applies to watercraft, specifically boats. Guest lecturers with expertise designing yachts, sport boats and other types of watercraft will be actively involved with the class. In addition to weekly design assignments, students will be assigned a final boat design project.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Personal Mobility Design Alt (TRAN-346)

This elective class focuses on the design of products which offer alternative forms of personal transportation to the automobile. Students who have serious interest in the design of motorcycles, scooters, power-sports and recreational vehicles or taking an innovative approach to solving human mobility in more efficient, sustainable ways should consider this class.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Portfolio and Presentation (TRAN-326)

In this course students will learn about preparing a professional level portfolio and be coached in presentation skills. These skills will then be applied as the students submit their portfolios and apply for internships, scholarship review, 5th term review, and other opportunities. Topics covered: the practice of keeping a continually updated portfolio; key components of a professional portfolio; print and digital formats (websites, Behance, etc.); interview and presentation practice Projects will include creation of a print and digital portfolio and a personal website. Open elective.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-251,Transportation Studio 4A
Course Credit: 3

Pro Dev & Strategic Present. (TRAN-541)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Prod Dev & Mfg Tech (TRAN-551)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Professional Presentations (TRAN-542)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Senior Studio (TRAN-480)

This 1-credit course provides students the opportunity to get input on various personal projects from the department chair and faculty.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Sketch Help Workshop (TRAN-002)

Sketch Help is a weekly drop-in workshop for Transportation Design students seeking individualized assistance with their drawing and rendering technique. Taught by upper term students in Transportation Design, this free workshop is open to all students in the department to attend as many weeks as desired.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 1 (TRAN-581)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 1 (TRAN-581V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 1 (TRAN-581T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 2 (TRAN-582)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 2 (TRAN-582T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Strat Proto & Sys Des Studio 2 (TRAN-582V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (TRAN-695)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (TRAN-395)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (TRAN-595)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Studio Independent Study (TRAN-495)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Thesis Continuation (TRAN-699)

Required for all students finished with their course work but still working on completing their thesis. Required every semester until thesis is completed and approved.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Thesis Development Studio (TRAN-611)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 6

Thesis Development Studio (TRAN-612)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 6

Thesis Project Preparation (TRAN-601A)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Thesis Project Preparation (TRAN-601)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 6

Tran Histories & Futures 1 (TRAN-511)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Tran Histories & Futures 2 (TRAN-512)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Transportation Des Internship (TRAN-390)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Transportation Des Internship (TRAN-490)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Transportation Design 6 (TRAN-353)

This studio course is the home for sponsored projects focused on transportation design. Working with the faculty and representatives from the sponsoring companies, students will begin with a design brief, conduct in-depth research, ideation, and conclude with a design solution that is represented in 2-dimensional artwork, a digital model and/or physical model. The nature of the design brief will change from term to term, dependent upon the desires of the sponsoring company.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-300, 5th Term Review and TRAN-301, Transportation Studio 5A
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Design 7 (TRAN-403)

In this senior level studio course, students will continue to build upon the skills and concepts developed in earlier studio courses. Under the guidance and direction of senior faculty, students will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored projects and also pursue independent projects. Students will be responsible for developing a design brief and proposal defining the type of project to be worked on for the term. The course is focused on either exterior or interior design. Vehicle types can cover all modes of transportation, ranging from mainstream automotive all the way out to new categories of vehicle types with specific usage modes. The project flow begins with the design brief, research phase, ideation of several different directions. At mid-term, there is a single design directions selected and then fully rendered for final approval. After approval of the 2D process, it is followed by the development of a 3D model.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-353, Transportation Design 6
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Internship (TRAN-590)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Transportation Internship (TRAN-690)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Transportation Studio 3A (TRAN-201)

This course will provide students with an expanded introduction to the transportation design field through an engagement of the basic design processes universally implemented throughout the automotive industry. Students will come to understand the process of concept development: from concept creation to sketch exploration to design refinement and final proposal; schedule/timeline implications to final presentation, concept clarification and craftsmanship; reason and purpose behind inspiration image: image history + technology; image dissection; and translation to concept. They will also understand basic design criteria: brand image + buyer to concept; human relation to package + vehicle architecture; 2D fundamentals: sketch + rendering; perspective; light source; basic reflection + color shift; and presentation layout: brand, buyer/user, concept, package, ideation, styling refinements and final design

Prerequisite: Take IDFN-161, Design Process 2
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 3B (TRAN-202)

This course covers the basics of automotive interior design. Students will come to understand the interaction between customer, concept, and design (packages, interior and exterior); basics of automotive interior design - function, styling, color and materials; research of target customer and brand; and organize the research and design proposal into a high-quality visual and oral presentation.

Prerequisite: Take IDFN-161, Design Process 2
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 4A (TRAN-251)

This course will challenge the students' imagination and abilities to propose a future scenario depicting an evolution of vehicular design that addresses their projected user needs in a future timeframe. Focus will be placed on storytelling, concept investigation and legitimate design development. Students will build a 1/5th scale model using industrial modeling clay, tools and techniques. The physical model will be the subject for learning ergonomics, design theory and concept development resulting in a finished, painted presentation model with related 2D support work. This is a studio course where professional standards are reinforced. The class is supported with a mandatory weekly clay modeling workshop.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-200, 3rd Term Review and TRAN-201, Transportation Studio 3A
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 4A Lab (TRAN-251L)

This hands-on lab accompanies the Auto 4: Exterior class and provides students with instruction by professional modelers on building clay models for their automotive designs. Tools and techniques for carving clay and foam will be discussed and students will receive individual assistance with their models. Students will gain competency in model making that they can then apply in future studio courses.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Transportation Studio 4B (TRAN-252)

This course builds on the basics of automotive interior design already established and goes further into story development put towards designing end-user experience. Students will be divided into teams for the overall 'big picture' story development and individually provide their own slice of the concept design.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-200, 3rd Term Review and TRAN-202, Transportation Studio 3B
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 5A (TRAN-301)

This course builds upon the skills and concepts developed in Transportation Studio 4A. Focus will be placed on storytelling, concept investigation and legitimate design development. Students will build a 1/5th scale model using industrial modeling clay, tools and techniques. The physical model will be the subject for learning ergonomics, design theory and concept development resulting in a finished, painted presentation model with related 2D support work. This is a studio course where professional standards are reinforced.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-251, Transportation 4A
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 5B (TRAN-302)

This course focuses on portfolio development and refining skills needed to successfully secure internship opportunities. Students will learn the process of creating a portfolio in printed and digital formats, utilizing web sites, and establishing a dynamic portfolio that continually represents the best of their strengths and accomplishments.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-252, Transportation Studio 4B
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 8A (TRAN-451)

This combined senior studio (8A and 8B) is project oriented and requires the creative application of all learned skills in order to present a professional level result to the transportation industry that reflects positively on the student and the college. Students will apply all accumulated learned skills to insure this project result will be the priority project and personal best, setting high personal expectations and a clear project problem to solve. A quality presentation of design research, process & a 3-D proof of concept are required for the final. For graduating students, this will be the highest order of achievement reached prior to entry into the professional ranks.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-400, 7th Term Review and TRAN-403, Transportation Design 7
Course Credit: 3

Transportation Studio 8B (TRAN-452)

This combined senior studio (8A and 8B) is project oriented and requires the creative application of all learned skills in order to present a professional level result to the transportation industry that reflects positively on the student and the college. Students will apply all accumulated learned skills to insure this project result will be the priority project and personal best, setting high personal expectations and a clear project problem to solve. A quality presentation of design research, process & a 3-D proof of concept are required for the final. For graduating students, this will be the highest order of achievement reached prior to entry into the professional ranks.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-400, 7th Term Review and TRAN-403, Transportation Design 7
Course Credit: 3

Veh & Tran Product Dev (TRAN-501)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Veh & Transportation Sys Arch (TRAN-502)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 1

Vehicle Architecture (TRAN-212)

This course is about the architecture of diverse forms of vehicles, with emphasis on automobiles. Topics include dimensions, human packaging, general layout of components, structure and proportions. H-Point is used as the text for the course.

Prerequisite: Take IDFN-161; Design Process 2
Course Credit: 2

Vehicle Technology 3 (TRAN-211)

This course introduces students to the fundamental components and systems of the automobile, including such areas as engine and powertrain, wheels, color and trim, fuels and emissions, lighting, engineering and manufacturing fundamentals. Course lectures are augmented with field trips to local manufacturing facilities.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 2

Vehicle Technology 4 (TRAN-261)

This course will introduce students to the various means of fabricating automotive components, covering such processes as thermoforming, fiberglass and machining.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-211, Vehicle Technology 3
Course Credit: 2

Vis Comm-Advanced (TRAN-522)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Vis Comm-Advanced (TSYS) (TRAN-522T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Vis Comm-Advanced (VEHC) (TRAN-522V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Vis Comm-Fundamentals (TRAN-521)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Vis Comm-Fundamentals (TSYS) (TRAN-521T)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Vis Comm-Fundamentals (VEHC) (TRAN-521V)



Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

Viscomm Fundamentals 3 (TRAN-221)

The class deals with the various levels of sketching from quick ideation to more finished colored sketch renderings. The emphasis is on not only coming up with new ideas and concepts but introduces new techniques and media. The student is given detailed assignments to help them improve their visual techniques. There is also a lot of emphasis placed on getting them to express their ideas verbally as well during the critiques and working in class.

Prerequisite: Take IDFN-151, Viscom Fundamentals 2
Course Credit: 3

Viscomm Fundamentals 4 (TRAN-271)

This course focuses on descriptive automotive sketching while drawing with line economy, sketch composition, color and contrast. This course brings together all the skills and media from the foundation Viscom classes and then applies them to the skill of design visualization. Particular emphasis is placed on color renderings with vellum and markers.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-221, Viscomm Fundamentals 3
Course Credit: 3

Viscomm Fundamentals 5 (TRAN-321)

This course focuses on the development of sophisticated rendering techniques that utilize fundamentals taught in previous terms. Emphasis is on the portrayal of vehicles and automobiles in their natural environment. Work includes ideation sketches with vellum and marker, canson sketch renderings and work with Photoshop.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-271, Viscomm Fundamentals 4
Course Credit: 3

Viscomm Fundamentals 6 (TRAN-371)

This course focuses on the development of sophisticated rendering techniques that utilize fundamentals taught in previous terms. The emphasis of this course is use of 100% digital medium/tools for ideation sketch development, renderings and final presentation material. The subject matter is focused on exterior and interior designs in the form of three mini-projects as rendering exercises. Transportation subject matter can overlap projects in concurrent class designs.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-321; Viscomm Fundamentals 5
Course Credit: 3

Viscomm Fundamentals 7 (TRAN-421)

The focus of this advanced level workshop is on creating a range of 2-D images, from concept sketches to presentation quality renderings, using various media. This course brings together the concepts and skills learned during the previous six courses of Viscom Fundamentals. The main objective of this class is on producing highly communicative and informative images and formats pertaining to individual design proposals. However, it will include any subject matter and/or techniques deemed beneficial.

Prerequisite: Take TRAN-371, Viscomm Fundamentals 6
Course Credit: 3

Viscomm Workshop (TRAN-001)

Viscomm Workshop is a periodic workshop for Transportation Design students seeking individualized assistance with their Viscomm Fundamentals courses. Taught by faculty in Transportation Design, this workshop is open to all students in the department and is offered as needed.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 0

Yacht & Boat Design Wrkshp Adv (TRAN-331)

The third level course in the marine design series will emphasize the application of real world design constraints to students' conceptual work. The goals are to mature and refine students' design work and prepare the students for the challenges they will face in dealing with the rigors of real world marine design. The students will be exposed to more of the industry standards and practices that challenge yacht designers today. Students will be expected to meet project management-style deadlines and produce professional deliverables. There will be more emphasis on 3D modeling and preparing the students' designs for presentations and portfolio inclusion.

Prerequisite: n/a
Course Credit: 3

   
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