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Design Minor

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College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
The design minor is an interdisciplinary program that shows how design can be used as a catalyst for exploration and research. Choosing from a selection of both lecture and studio courses, students are introduced to the history, theory, and practice of design across multiple design disciplines. With the design minor, students may compose their own individual program in which they will understand the interdisciplinary nature of the design process, appreciate the role design plays in everyday life, experience design thinking and action, explore and expand their own design interests, and understand how to work with designers in their chosen field. The design minor provides an integrated education in design where students enhance their learning by making connections between traditional design courses and nontraditional views of design.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Two courses may double-dip with the the student's major or other minor. The minor requires a minimum of 18 total credits.
Category A: Introductory Design Thinking "Big Picture"
Courses from this category introduce students to the scope of design thinking. These courses combine lectures with projects or case studies.
ARCH 1701 - The Designed Environment (3.0 cr)
or DES 1000 - D@MN: Design@Minnesota [AH] (3.0 cr)
or DES 1101V - Honors: Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design [ENV] (3.0 cr)
or LA 1401 - The Designed Environment (3.0 cr)
Category B: Introductory Design Thinking "Hands-on"
Courses from this category introduce students to design thinking and making in a studio setting.
ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I [AH] (4.0 cr)
or DES 1111 - Creative Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
or DES 1111H - Honors: Creative Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
or DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (3.0 cr)
or GDES 1315 - Foundations: The Graphic Studio (4.0 cr)
or GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design (4.0 cr)
or LA 1301 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing [AH] (3.0 cr)
or ME 2011 - Introduction to Engineering (4.0 cr)
or PDES 3702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (3.0 cr)
or PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
or PDES 5702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (3.0 cr)
or PDES 5711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
Category C: Electives
Courses from this category allow students to explore design from a variety of perspectives. Take three or four courses to complete the total required credits for the minor (18).
Take 3 - 4 course(s) totaling 10 - 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ADES 4121 - History of Costume (4.0 cr)
· ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3411V - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3412H - Honors: Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3641 - Introduction to Heritage Preservation (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711V - Honors: Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4423 - Gothic Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4432 - Modern Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4434 - Contemporary Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4461 - North American Indian Architecture (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· BBE 4413 - Systems Approach to Residential Construction (4.0 cr)
· DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (3.0 cr)
· DES 3131 - User Experience in Design (4.0 cr)
· DES 3160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 3170 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 3309 - Storytelling and Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 3311 - Travels in Typography (3.0 cr)
· DES 3321 - Furniture Design: Exploration (3.0 cr)
· DES 3331 - Street Life Urban Design Seminar (3.0 cr)
· DES 3341 - (un)Wrapping It Up: New Materials for Design, Design for New Materials (3.0 cr)
· DES 3351 - Phenomenon of Everyday Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 3361 - History of Modern Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 4160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 4165 - Design and Globalization [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· DES 4301 - Metaphor and Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 5160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 2342 - Web Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 2345 - Typography (4.0 cr)
· GDES 2399W - Design and its Discontents: Design, Society, Economy and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop (4.0 cr)
· GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4352 - Design Process: Bookmaking (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5341 - Interactive Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5342 - Web and Interface Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5386 - Fundamentals of Game Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5399 - Theory of Electronic Design (3.0 cr)
· HSG 3482 - Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology [TS] (3.0 cr)
· HSG 4413 - A Systems Approach to Residential Construction (4.0 cr)
· HSG 5481 - Promoting Independence in Housing and Community (3.0 cr)
· IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications [ENV] (4.0 cr)
· IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 [GP] (4.0 cr)
· IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present [HIS] (4.0 cr)
· JOUR 3745 - Mass Media and Popular Culture [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· KIN 3505 - Intro to Human-Centered Design (3.0 cr)
· LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3001 - Understanding and Creating Landscape Space (3.0 cr)
· LA 3002 - Informants of Creating Landscape Space (3.0 cr)
· LA 3003 - Case Studies in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design (3.0 cr)
· LA 3413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes [TS] (3.0 cr)
· PDES 3701 - Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation (3.0 cr)
· PDES 3702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (3.0 cr)
· PDES 3703 - Product Form and Model Making (4.0 cr)
· PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
· PDES 5701 - Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation (3.0 cr)
· PDES 5702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering (3.0 cr)
· PDES 5703 - Product Form and Model Making (4.0 cr)
· PDES 5711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
· RM 3243 - Visual Merchandising (3.0 cr)
· RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4218 - Fashion and Culture (3.0 cr)
 
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ARCH 1701 - The Designed Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of seminal issues in the designed environment, including relationships between place and space, and realms of the ideal and real, public and private. Survey of how the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design have explored those issues.
DES 1000 - D@MN: Design@Minnesota (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applications of design thinking/design process. Understanding design as consumers, customers, possible future clients.
DES 1101V - Honors: Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions. prereq: Honors student
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions.
LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
How the Twin Cities region (as example of many metropolitan areas) can adapt to climate change, depleted energy resources, and other environmental impacts. How cities and places are designed, how places influence sustainable lifestyles. How to adapt the Twin Cities/other cities to a changing world.
LA 1401 - The Designed Environment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examination of relationships between place and space, and realms of the ideal and real, public and private. Survey of how the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design have explored those issues.
ARCH 1281 - Design Fundamentals I (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to design thinking in architecture through project-based learning. Lectures, films, field trips. Four design projects, including an off-campus service learning.
DES 1111 - Creative Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of creative capability applicable to all fields of study. Problem solving techniques. Theory of creativity/innovation.
DES 1111H - Honors: Creative Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of creative capability applicable to all fields of study. Problem solving techniques. Theory of creativity/innovation. prereq: Honors
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to visual design. Development of visual design skills. Visual presentation methods. Lectures, design exercises, discussion.
GDES 1315 - Foundations: The Graphic Studio
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphic design process of problem-solving. Visual communication of ideas and information. Use of design software to compose with words, images, and forms. prereq: Graphic design premajor design minor or instr consent
GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of color/form representation in two-dimensional surface applications. Historical use of color and of spatial representation in visual communication. prereq: [1311 or DHA 1311], [1312 or DHA 1312], [graphic design or apparel design or design minor or instr consent]
LA 1301 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture Drawing (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00557 - Arch 1301/LA 1301/5301
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Development of basic skills in perceiving/representing material environment. Sketching/drawing conventions of visual phenomena/forms.
ME 2011 - Introduction to Engineering
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Skills critical for practicing engineers. Mechanical engineering, engineering design. Visual, written, and oral communication forms. Computer-based design tools. Substantial design projects, including prototype construction. prereq: CSE lower div
PDES 3702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sketching and marker rendering for communication of conceptual product design. Free-hand 2-point perspective. Weekly drawing assignments/presentations. Students keep a sketchbook to develop ideas/drawings.
PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
PDES 5702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sketching and marker rendering for communication of conceptual product design. Free-hand 2-point perspective. Weekly drawing assignments/presentations. Students keep a sketchbook to develop ideas/drawings.
PDES 5711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
ADES 4121 - History of Costume
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of apparel/appearances in Western cultures, from 18th century to present. Role of gender, race, and class with respect to change in dress within historical moments and social contexts. Research approaches/methods in study/interpretation of dress.
ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to fashion industry. Globalization, fashion centers, design, time/place. Focuses on Chinese fashion industry. prereq: Upper level undergraduate or grad student
ARCH 3411V - Architectural History to 1750 (HIS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of architecture/city planning from antiquity to 1750, as illustrated by major monuments from western/non-western cultures. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 (HIS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Built environment as a tool to study the human past from ancient times to 1750. Major trends of style and form and the relationships, practices, beliefs that have shaped human behavior. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examples of the built environment from the Enlightenment to the present are studied within a broad social, cultural, and political context. Major architectural movements and their associated forms and designs. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 3412H - Honors: Architectural History Since 1750 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Built environment from the Enlightenment to the present in a broad social, cultural, and political context. Major architectural movements and associated forms/designs. Ideas/philosophies that have emerged over time. Lecture, textbooks, discussion, writing, drawing, looking, and researching. prereq: Soph, honors
ARCH 3611 - Design in the Digital Age
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01278
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to design, design process. Developing/understanding ways of seeing, thinking, and acting as a designer. Changes in design being wrought by digital technology. Team design project.
ARCH 3641 - Introduction to Heritage Preservation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Potential of, and challenges to, heritage preservation in the United States. Preservation's pros/cons. Lectures, readings, films, class discussions, assignments, local field trips, case studies. prereq: Jr or sr only
ARCH 3711V - Honors: Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium and as product of a sociocultural process and expression of values, ideas, and behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Honors, [soph or above]
ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (SOCS, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02090
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designed environment as cultural medium/product of sociocultural process/expression of values, ideas, behavioral patterns. Design/construction as complex political process. prereq: Soph or above
ARCH 4423 - Gothic Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01093
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of architecture and urban design in Western Europe, from 1150 to 1400. prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4424 - Renaissance Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01094 - Arch 4424/Arch 5424
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of architecture and urban design in Italy, from 1400 to 1600. Emphasizes major figures (Brunelleschi, Alberti, Bramante, Palladio) and evolution of major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice). prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4425 - Baroque Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01095 - Arch 4425/Arch 5425
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Architecture and urban design in Italy, from 1600 to 1750. Emphasizes major figures (Bernini, Borromini, Cortona, Guarini) and evolution of major cities (Rome, Turin). prereq: 3411 or instr consent
ARCH 4432 - Modern Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01097 - Arch 4432/Arch 5432
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Architecture and urban design in Europe and the United States from early 19th century to World War II. prereq: 3412 or instr consent
ARCH 4434 - Contemporary Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01098 - Arch 4434/Arch 5434
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Developments, theories, movements, and trends in architecture and urban design from World War II to present. prereq: 3412 or instr consent
ARCH 4461 - North American Indian Architecture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01100 - Arch 4461/Arch 5461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Historic/contemporary principles/theories of North American Indian architecture. Culture, technology, environment, art, and craft of North American Indians in their settlements/architecture. prereq: Arch 3412, Arch or AmIn major
ARCH 4561 - Architecture and Ecology (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01107 - Arch 4501/Arch 5501
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to theories/practices of ecological approaches to architectural design. Ecological context, implications/opportunities of architecture. Historical/theoretical framework for ecological design thinking. Issues studied at various scales: site/community, building, component.
ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Urban form, related issues of design/theory/culture. Thematic history of cities. Lectures, discussions, assignments. prereq: [3411, 3412] or instr consent
BBE 4413 - Systems Approach to Residential Construction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01733
Typically offered: Every Spring
Dynamic/interrelated issues of energy, moisture control, indoor air quality in residential bldgs. Design, construction, and operational aspects for energy efficient, durable structure/healthy living environment. Interaction between moisture and wood products within building system. prereq: Upper div or instr consent
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to visual design. Development of visual design skills. Visual presentation methods. Lectures, design exercises, discussion.
DES 3131 - User Experience in Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to theories/principles of human interaction with designed objects. Focuses on affect/emotional quality of designs. Objects, interfaces, environments. Digitally mediated experiences.
DES 3160 - Topics in Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics in Design.
DES 3170 - Topics in Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In-depth investigation of specific topic.
DES 3309 - Storytelling and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Storytelling/narrative. Oral, written, and non-verbal communication/presentation skills. Dramatic structure, characterization, dialogue, sensory detail, scene, audience. Applications to disciplines within/beyond academics.
DES 3311 - Travels in Typography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01643 - Des 3311/DesI 3010
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Using collection in James Ford Bell Library, students study rare book/map collections and undertake hands-on exercises on history of type, including developments in typesetting, calligraphy, and letterpress printing.
DES 3321 - Furniture Design: Exploration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01644
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Furniture design as discipline, not as method. Material. Objects that mediate our environment. History, design criteria, technology, craft. Group case study, research presentation, individual making/presenting of concept-prototype.
DES 3331 - Street Life Urban Design Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01645
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The street as part of network of urban systems/fragments: sidewalks, private interiors, curbs, terraces, boulevards, parking lots, bus stops, public institutions, urban architectures, utility lines, storm/sewer systems, groundwater, satellite communication systems, gardens, and lighting. Readings in urban studies, geography, design, economics and art history. Students review case studies, envision possible transformations of streets/street life.
DES 3341 - (un)Wrapping It Up: New Materials for Design, Design for New Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
New high-tech fabrics, foils, electrotextiles, "intelligent textiles" that respond to environmental stimuli. Hands-on materials research, testing of prototypes. Cross-disciplinary teams explore appropriate modeling/applications. Integrated project.
DES 3351 - Phenomenon of Everyday Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examines the growing fascination with design in everyday life. From Target to IKEA, from TIME magazine to the New York Times Sunday supplement, interest in the designer and designed object are permeating popular culture. Implications of this phenomenon in the present and historical precedents for the "design in everyday life" concept.
DES 3361 - History of Modern Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Interplay between the products of design and mass consumption in an innovative manner. Major focus on the late 19th and the 20th centuries. Lectures, exams, and projects integrate material from product, interior, industrial, merchandising, graphic, textile, and clothing design.
DES 4160 - Topics in Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In-depth investigation of single specific topic announced in advance.
DES 4165 - Design and Globalization (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01200
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Movenment of people, products, and ideas. Challenges brought by differences among us. prereq: Jr or sr
DES 4301 - Metaphor and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01646
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analyze role of metaphors/related tropes when conceptualizing meanings within designed environment. How fundamental/newly emerging metaphoric conceptualizations shape designed spaces, products, images. Create summary statement of significant learning insight.
DES 5160 - Topics in Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics in design
DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theories/methods that influence the assessment of physical, social, and psychological human factors. Development of user needs with application to designed products that interact with human body. prereq: Grad student or sr or instr consent
GDES 2342 - Web Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphic design elements/principles applied to website design. HTML, CSS. Working with interactive media and file formats. prereq: 1311, 1312, 1315, [[[GDes major or pre-major], semester of portfolio review] or design minor]
GDES 2345 - Typography
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History of typographic forms, principles of composition, expressive potential of type. Design process from problem-solving through exploration, experimentation, selection, critique, and refinement. Readings, research, exercises, design production. prereq: 1311, 1312, 1315, DES 1101, [graphic design major or premajor or design minor]
GDES 2399W - Design and its Discontents: Design, Society, Economy and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Secret history of modern, postmodern, and contemporary design. Principles/practices of designers who operate outside of main stream. Innovators, activists, cultural gadflies whose work challenges, provokes, and inspires. Context of economy, society, culture, and politics. Lecture, research, studio production. Written project proposals/reflections/blogging.
GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of color/form representation in two-dimensional surface applications. Historical use of color and of spatial representation in visual communication. prereq: [1311 or DHA 1311], [1312 or DHA 1312], [graphic design or apparel design or design minor or instr consent]
GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical analysis of visual communication. Technological, cultural, and aesthetic influences. How historical events are communicated/perceived through graphic presentation/imagery. prereq: Intro history or art history course
GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studio experience in the development and production of surface design. Screen printing, batik, resist dying, shibori, cyanotypes, and dye transfers are included.
GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Photography for graphic designers: digital/film photographic developing/image manipulation, printing. prereq: [1311 or DHA 1311], [1312 or DHA 1312], [graphic design major or grad student or design minor or instr consent]
GDES 4352 - Design Process: Bookmaking
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Construction of traditional/non-traditional book forms. Emphasizes material aspects of handmade books. prereq: Graphic design major or grad student or design minor or instr consent
GDES 5341 - Interactive Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01108
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design of interactive multimedia projects. Interactive presentations and electronic publishing. Software includes hypermedia, scripting, digital output. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or graphic design major or grad student or instr consent
GDES 5342 - Web and Interface Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Internet-based design. Static Web pages, embedded media, cascading style sheets. Design/usability of interface between humans and technology. Evaluation of visual elements that control/organize dealings with computers to direct work. Students develop designs, do usability testing. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or graphic design major or grad student or instr consent
GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced computer design. Integration of design knowledge with Macintosh computer applications. Students use software to create digital illustration and animations. Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Flash. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or [[4384 or DHA 4384 or 5341 or DHA 5341], [graphic design major or [grad student, experience with computer illustration]]] or instr consent
GDES 5386 - Fundamentals of Game Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Games of all kinds. Theoretical/practical aspects of making games. Investigation of design process. Rules, strategies, methodologies. Interactivity, choice, action, outcome, rules in game design. Social interaction, story telling, meaning/ideology, semiotics. Signs, cultural meaning. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or [[4384 or DHA 4384 or 5341 or DHA 5341], [graphic design major or sr or grad student]] or instr consent
GDES 5399 - Theory of Electronic Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01761
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theories, methodologies, histories of electronic design, its impact on visual communications. Digitak artifacts, processes, paradigms. prereq: Graphic design track student or instr consent
HSG 3482 - Sustainable Housing: Community, Environment, and Technology (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00708
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Effects of people and their homes on the environment. Energy/resource efficiency, environmental responsibility, occupant health. Affordability issues. Design, construction, renovation, retrofitting, landscaping. Options for lighting, weatherization, water use, emissions, waste reduction, recycling, air quality, hazardous materials, and housing growth.
HSG 4413 - A Systems Approach to Residential Construction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01733
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Dynamic/interrelated issues of energy, moisture control, indoor air quality in residential buidlings. Emphasizes design, construction, and operational aspects to provide an energy efficient, durable structure, and healthy living environment. Interaction between moisture and wood products within building system. prereq: Upper div or instr consent
HSG 5481 - Promoting Independence in Housing and Community
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Housing, work, and community environments as they relate to aging and managing disabilities. Principles of home modification, universal design, livable communities, and assistive technology to support individuals/families. prereq: [[2401 or DHA 2401], [jr or sr or grad student]] or instr consent
IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [Pass portfolio review, interior design major] or interior environments minor or design minor or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Environmental issues, from global to interior spaces. Effect of building codes/legislation, social awareness. Functional/aesthetic relation of materials/resources to interior design. prereq: [Pass portfolio review, interior design major] or interior environments minor or design minor or instr consent
IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of European and American interiors and furnishings, including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.
IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present (HIS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
European/American interiors/furnishings, including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.
JOUR 3745 - Mass Media and Popular Culture (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01279
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Mass media's role in formation of popular culture/cultural discourse. Prevalent media metaphors, caricatures, stereotypes. Social/commercial pressures influencing media representation.
KIN 3505 - Intro to Human-Centered Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: HumF/ Kin 3505/5505
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of design to meet human needs. Design of fabricated products, tools/machines, software/hardware interfaces, art/culture, living environments, and complex sociotechnical systems.
LA 1001 - Sustainability by Design (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
How the Twin Cities region (as example of many metropolitan areas) can adapt to climate change, depleted energy resources, and other environmental impacts. How cities and places are designed, how places influence sustainable lifestyles. How to adapt the Twin Cities/other cities to a changing world.
LA 3001 - Understanding and Creating Landscape Space
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to spatial design issues at all scales. prereq: Landscape design and planning [major or minor] or instr consent
LA 3002 - Informants of Creating Landscape Space
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development of the design program, Site analysis of landscape space. Design exercises show how design program and site analysis inform creation of landscape space in developing schematic designs at varying geographic scales and in different geographic settings. Lectures, readings, discussions. prereq: 3001, Arch 3401, 3501
LA 3003 - Case Studies in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01857 - LA 3003/LA 5003
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sustainable landscape design/planning practices. Integrative potential between practices and changes in global biodiversity, quality of air/water resources, development/consumption of resources, and climate. Practice-/metrics-based selection, deployment, and management of sustainable design.
LA 3413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Study of landscape architecture's roots by examining the creation of landscapes over time. Influences of ecological and environmental issues as well as political, economic, and social contexts on the cultural construction of landscape ideas and meaning and creation of landscape architectural works.
LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context (ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Dynamic relationships between environmentally designed places and biological/physical contexts. Integration of created place and biological/physical contexts. Case studies, student design.
LA 3514 - Making the Mississippi (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01687
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Environmental parameters affecting growth/development of metropolitan areas. Students assess these parameters and prepare a multi-functional land use plan for a defined locale.
LA 4755 - Infrastructure, Natural Systems, and Space of Inhabited Landscapes (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01745 - LA 4755/5755
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Seminar, cross-disciplinary. Urban infrastructural solutions to mitigate/reverse anthropogenic impacts on Earth. Design of sustainable urban infrastructure systems. Policy options, technologies. Criteria, design methods. prereq: Jr or sr
PDES 3701 - Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Half semester course. Introduction to a variety of creativity and idea generation tools with an emphasis on innovative product concept development. Students apply different toolsets to an ongoing project. Starting with a general theme, students explore problems and concepts, practice using a variety of idea generation tools, and learn methods of evaluating/selecting concepts. Customer needs, benchmarking, and intellectual property.
PDES 3702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sketching and marker rendering for communication of conceptual product design. Free-hand 2-point perspective. Weekly drawing assignments/presentations. Students keep a sketchbook to develop ideas/drawings.
PDES 3703 - Product Form and Model Making
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of 3D design. Applications to visual expression and product design. Model making tools/techniques. Elements of visual communication. Function/form development. Projects, exercises. Individual reviews, group critiques.
PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
PDES 5701 - Creativity, Idea Generation, and Innovation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Half semester course. Introduction to a variety of creativity and idea generation tools with an emphasis on innovative product concept development. Students apply different toolsets to an ongoing project. Starting with a general theme, students explore problems and concepts, practice using a variety of idea generation tools, and learn methods of evaluating/selecting concepts. Customer needs, benchmarking, and intellectual property.
PDES 5702 - Concept Sketching and Rendering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sketching and marker rendering for communication of conceptual product design. Free-hand 2-point perspective. Weekly drawing assignments/presentations. Students keep a sketchbook to develop ideas/drawings.
PDES 5703 - Product Form and Model Making
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of 3D design. Applications to visual expression and product design. Model making tools/techniques. Elements of visual communication. Function/form development. Projects, exercises. Individual reviews, group critiques.
PDES 5711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
RM 3243 - Visual Merchandising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Retail store environment. Physical/psychological effects that initiate/motivate consumer behavior. Merchandise display: creativity, department layout, fixturing, lighting, cross merchandising, visual resources, signing, maintenance. prereq: 2215, [DHA major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/research related to designed environments across retail channels. prereq: 2215 or DHA 2215, [jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary dress from diverse cultures within/outside USA analyzed using social science concepts. Dress as nonverbal communication system. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4218 - Fashion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion/dress/culture to time/place. Design. Fashion centers, fashion industry, globalization. Chinese fashion industry as case study. prereq: Upper division undergraduate or grad student.