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DESN Course Descriptions

  • DESN 615 INTEGRATED DESIGN STUDIO I: PRINCIPLES (3)

    An intensive studio experience addressing visual perception and the principles of design through readings on visual theory. Using primary texts, students explore design principles from key historic, psychological, abstract and artistic points of view. Students complete a major project in their area of specialization. Lab fee required.

  • DESN 616 INTEGRATED DESIGN STUDIO II: TYPOGRAPHY (3)

    An intensive, multilayered studio experience focused on the study of typography. Students discuss the relationship between fine art and typography. Students produce an in-depth project based on individual reading and research. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: PBDS 645 or equivalent.

  • DESN 617 CREATIVE CONCEPTS (3)

    Exploration of creative processes and strategies for generating effective visual and verbal ideas. Analysis of creative solutions in various publications supplements practice in applying problem-solving techniques. Lab fee may be required.

  • DESN 715 INTEGRATED DESIGN STUDIO III: READINGS AND RESEARCH (3)

    An intensive workshop focused on readings and research. Engages students in the critical analysis of field-based literature. Provides students with the opportunity to participate in constructive critique of project ideas and the sharing of research resources and approaches. Prerequisite: permission of program director.

  • DESN 723 THEORY OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION (3)

    Examines the fundamental characteristics that differentiate visual images from other modes of communication and considers ways that visual elements convey meaning in isolation and in combination. Students study real-world cases to better understand how theoretical concepts and constructs are used to solve communication problems.

  • DESN 790 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3)

    Research or problem-solving project in some aspect of integrated design. Topics vary with individual student interests. Course may be repeated with permission of program director. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: permission of program director.

  • DESN 791 PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED DESIGN (3)

    Students apply skills and knowledge from coursework to high-level internships. Students interested in careers as professional designers work in design firms and related organizations; students interested in college teaching careers teach classes under faculty supervision. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade. prerequisites: permission of program director and all M.F.A. in Integrated Design coursework except DESN 793 and DESN 797

  • DESN 793 PROSEMINAR IN INTEGRATED DESIGN (3)

    Provides an overview of proposal development and design research in integrated design anchored in the literature and practice of the field. Students develop the requisite skills for bringing the proposal to completion. The course culminates in a research proposal that may be presented to the division as a thesis proposal. prerequisites: M.F.A. candidacy and permission of program director

  • DESN 798 CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT (1)

    Provides continuing faculty direction, academic support services and enrollment services for students who have completed all course requirements for the degree but have not completed a thesis or final project. Students continue the independent work leading to finishing the thesis or final project that is significantly under way. Course may be repeated for credit as needed. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade; otherwise grading is pass/fail. Lab fee required. Prerequisite: Completion of all course requirements and candidacy for the degree program.

  • DESN 799 INTEGRATED DESIGN THESIS (3 - 6)

    Independent and original project supervised by one or more faculty members. Thesis can be either research-based or an applied project. The thesis must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the foundations of design in addition to a specialized focus for the thesis. Finished work is reviewed by a faculty committee. Pass/fail grading. This course may be repeated once. Eligible for continuing studies (CS) grade. Lab fee required. Program director's permission required for registration. Prerequisites: completion of MFA candidacy, DESN 793, and program approval of thesis topic.