Design courses open to non majors spring 16

The major restricted DES courses below will be open to non majors, depending upon available seats at the end of the registration access period #1.

DES 308: Introduction to Design Theory and Criticism

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11-12:30 p.m. in ART 3.218 | Unique #20450

Visual and Performing Arts elective with Ethics and Leadership flag

 Lecture course. Introduces design theory and criticism, examining how people’s beliefs and values inform the way they make, understand, and evaluate works of design.

Prerequisites: For non-design majors, consent of instructor.*

What is good design? Is it beautiful? safe? profitable? sustainable? ethically produced? easy and convenient to use? affordable? expressive? stylistically or technologically novel? In this course, students analyze and critique texts, images, and objects that raise the kinds of questions that designers, clients, and consumers grapple with every day.

* This course is particularly recommended for freshman and sophomore design majors, freshmen in other majors who are applying to transfer into the DES major, and students in majors such as engineering and business. However, students from any major who have an interest in design are encouraged to seek permission to enroll.

To request permission, please email a one- to two-sentence statement (by noon on Thursday, October 29) explaining your interest in the subject to Becky Nasadowski, the Design administrative associate: bnasadowski@utexas.edu. Be sure to include your full name, EID, major, and year of study in the email.

Non-majors are encouraged to register for a placeholder class in case they cannot be added to DES 308. You will receive an email notifying you of your enrollment status by Monday, November 2.

 

DES 309: Introduction to Design

What is design and how do designers approach their work? In this course, students will consider design from a variety of perspectives: design in the context of consumption, design as an agent of change, future-focused anticipatory design, and design as research. A range of technical skills and conceptual skills will be introduced and students will gain an understanding of both the design process and the potential roles of the designer in society.

Course details

DES 309. Studio course. Introduction to the design process, including research, ideation, prototyping, critique, and iteration. Projects also introduce the vocabulary, principles, strategies, techniques, and conventions of drawing/rendering used by design professionals.
Prerequisites: Studio Art 301C and 302C (or 303K and 304K) with a grade of at least C in each, or consent of instructor.*

#20455 MW 8-11 ART 2.212

#20460 MW 2-5 ART 3.218

Instructor: Kate Catterall. Professor Catterall’s research currently focuses on the ethical dilemmas faced by designers (and society) as the far-reaching consequences of the design act and the broader role of the designer in culture are reassessed.

* Students from any major who have an interest in design are encouraged to seek permission to enroll.

To request permission, please email a one- to two-sentence statement (by noon on Thursday, October 29) explaining your interest in the subject to Becky Nasadowski, the Design administrative associate: bnasadowski@utexas.edu. In addition to including your full name, EID, major, and year of study in the email, please state whether you are hoping to enroll in section #20455 (MW 8-11 a.m.) or section #20460 (MW 2-5 p.m.).

Non-majors are encouraged to register for a placeholder class in case they cannot be added to DES 309. You will receive an email notifying you of your enrollment status by Monday, November 2.

DES 336: History of Design

This lecture class presents a chronological overview of professional design and its antecedents. Topics discussed include major design movements; significant designers, manufacturers, and design-related companies; innovations in technology and material use; the development of sales, marketing, and user-focused designing; and the history of design process.

Course details

DES 336. Lecture/seminar course. Surveys the history of graphic and/or industrial design from c.1450 to the present, with an emphasis on the last 150 years.
Prerequisites: Design major and ARH 304 or DES 308 with a grade of at least C, or consent of instructor.*

#20480 TTH 12:30-2, Room TBD

Instructor: Matthew Bird. Mr. Bird has taught Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design since 2004. He teaches studio classes, shop classes, and design history. In addition to teaching, Bird maintains an active design practice, curating museum shows, designing and producing giftware, and lecturing frequently on design and design history.

* Students from any major who have an interest in design are encouraged to seek permission to enroll.
To request permission, please email a one- to two-sentence statement (by noon on Thursday, October 29) explaining your interest in the subject to Becky Nasadowski, the Design administrative associate: bnasadowski@utexas.edu. Be sure to include your full name, EID, major, and year of study in the email.

Non-majors are encouraged to register for a placeholder class in case they cannot be added to DES 336. You will receive an email notifying you of your enrollment status by Monday, November 2.