Design Fundamentals II

DESIGN 2130: Design Fundamentals II

Application of acquired skills and knowledge of visual language and spatial constructs to generate design concepts in a given context.
Credit Hours

Prerequisite: DESIGN 2110; Selection to Design Foundations.
Concur: DESIGN 2330.


Design Fundamentals is a continuation of an introduction to design principles, theories, methods, visual thinking, problem-solving, and making, emphasizing visual language and visual encoding practices. This progress and process-oriented course combines theory and practice in lecture-studio format. Both lecture and studio activities will require rigorous student participation


By the end of this semester, students should successfully be able to:
  1. Define, identify, and use formal design fundamentals (elements and principles) to plan, develop, execute and describe their work
    • Apply basic color principles in 2D and 3D applications
    • Understand the relationship and translation between 2D shapes and 3D forms
    • Demonstrate abstract thinking
  2. Understand and use the design process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) to define a problem and develop solutions
    • Describe and develop ideas through iteration
    • Work within and develop constraints for design solutions
    • Conduct secondary research and analyze precedence form concepts by moving through iterations to ideation
    • Organize and establish a project schedule as part of time management
    • Work successfully in a collaborative, team-based environment
  3. Explore analog and digital tools and choose which tools are most effective for a given task, solution, or goal
    • Understand and create with intentional craft
  4. Confidently communicate and present assignment process and solutions
    • Understand the role of typography, hierarchy, and layout in effective communication
    • Understand the critique process and how to provide constructive feedback to peers and to self
    • Summarize design intent, process, and reflect on outcomes

Course Materials

  • Students use a variety of materials in this course
  • Alternative materials may be explored or needed on a per-project basis as you explore your ideas
  • Be creative and responsible (share, recycle, etc.)
  • Plan when ordering online
  • Please collect a few items of unused/old clothing - something you can cut up, manipulate and reconstruct
  • We will be thinking about recycling / repurposing with our second project

Course Organization

This is a 3 credit hour course that meets twice a week for 2:40 each day

Sample Coursework

Students can expect:
  • Attendance will be taken
  • Class discussions

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