Design Theory and Visual Culture

Design Theory and Visual Culture
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.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesARTHC 202; Design majors only.
 ProgramsContaining DES 390
Course Outcomes: 

Design and Cultural History

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.

Critical Discourse

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

Image and Meaning

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

Ethics and Innovation

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.