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Lake Washington Institute of Technology    
  Feb 20, 2018
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HUM 311 Design Theory

5 credits
This course provides a survey of the field of design from historical, cultural, and multi-disciplinary perspectives. The shifting definition of design and its influence on and by society provides a unifying theme.

Prerequisites: Admission to BTAD program or instructor permission. Prior completion of APDZ 311, Intro to Applied Design, is recommended.

Quarters Offered: Winter

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Define the shared fundamentals of design between visual/graphic art, architecture, furniture, fashion, engineering, product, craft, cultural expression and landscape design
  • Translate the elements and principles of design from initial definitions found in 2D visual design through the various design disciplines
  • Demonstrate understanding of Gestalt, usability, and interaction design
  • Compare and contrast the application of design through several global cultures and time periods, including Early 20th Century, Cold War Era and Contemporary Design
  • Identify historical changes in temporal design through interactive media
  • Explore diverse cultural contributions to design
  • Evaluate methods of seeing/interacting and the quality of the viewer/participant experience
  • Correlate contemporary design trends with cultural diversity