DES 390

Design Theory and Visual Culture

Design College of Fine Arts and Communications

Course Description

Theoretical and historical readings and discussions explore visual culture, aesthetics, critical studies, ethics, and design practice across various professional disciplines with a focus on historical trajectories and speculative futures.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

Design majors only.

Title

Ethics and Innovation

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to understand the ethics of design and principles of innovation for engaging with and improving the world through design and image.

Title

Design and Cultural History

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to identify ways in which visual design shapes and is shaped by society through communications, social relations, culture, economies, education, politics and history.

Title

Critical Discourse

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to understand, discuss, and write about the theoretical, philosophical, social, and critical discourse--the "whys" and "why nots" of design practice and visual culture--and how their work fits into these contexts

Title

Image and Meaning

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to demonstrate fluency in interpretation and analysis of image systems, semiotics and meaning of visual culture in its diverse forms.