Studio Foundations

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3 Units

Studio Foundations introduces MDes students to the key concepts of design studio and the foundational principles and methods that inform the ways designers work, collaborate, and practice. Students are introduced to the culture and life of a working studio – the intellectual heart of design practice, and the place where we engage, explore, and experiment. Since design is an iterative practice, this course models the development of ideas through feedback and response, critique and refinement, dialog and distillation. The studio engages a variety of materials and media, and seeks to uncover new approaches to making through emerging technology. As representation is a foundational capacity in design, this course initiates a considered practice of presenting and communicating design ideas – to this end we address skills in visual and verbal communication, and learn ways to document projects in order to begin building a portfolio of design work.

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