List of Foundation courses

Foundation courses are for students that do not have a formal education in communication or product design. The courses in this program are pre-set. Students take a minimum of 15 credits, with advisor’s approval.

First Semester
4 Courses

Intro To Photography

4 credit hours

This course will teach students how to be capable image-makers by training them to be competent image-evaluators. In an increasingly visually taxed world, with people’s ability to create and consume image-based media the easiest its ever been, knowing how to create compelling photography that can breakthrough the content-laden din to get noticed is a valuable…

Intro to Product Design 1

4 credit hours

This course creates the foundation of knowledge and develops skills for three-dimensional design. At the end of this course, students should be able to explore, create, and communicate design directions for simple products and environments taking into account design principles, human factors, technology, and business issues. Learning Objectives Students are taught about the design process…

Intro to Communication Design 1

4 credit hours

This course will provide the fundamentals for conveying visual information in a way that is effective and clear. Through a deep understanding structure and context of content, students will learn to apply visual elements, techniques, and principles crafting effective visual messages. Learning Objectives Students will understand the techniques and elements they have to manipulate as…

Intro to Design 1

3 credit hours

This course builds a contextual basis for the field and profession of design. Designers of the highest caliber offer not only excellent formal skills and conceptual rigor, but also an intellectual grasp of the professional practice of design, including evolution through history, current state and future direction. Broad knowledge of the field of design, and…

Second Semester
4 Courses

Intro To Digital Media

4 credit hours

The objective of this course is to introduce concepts of Digital Media. Through three modules based on user experience and interaction design, the course will enable students to engage with different digital media tools and artifacts. Learning Objectives Students of this course will learn and reflect on three critical areas of Digital Media: Information Architecture,…

Intro to Product Design 2

4 credit hours

This course builds on learning’s from Introduction of Product Design 1. The objective is to create a foundation of knowledge and skill for three-dimensional design. At the end of this course, students should be able to explore, create, and communicate design directions for simple products and environments taking into account design principles, human factors, technology,…

Intro to Communication Design 2

4 credit hours

This course builds on the previous exploration of basic concepts of visual communication design. Through this course students will continue to investigate the elements, layout, and information structures within the context of a branded visual identity system. This course focuses on a holistic approach mindful of brand attributes such as: message, meaning, audience, personality and…

Intro to Design 2

3 credit hours

This intent of this course is to build a baseline of knowledge & familiarity with the professional practice of design–across disciplines, applications and environments. Learning Objectives The course will address a range of current professional practices, including the traditional core disciplines, the current landscape and converging fields. The basic set includes: product design; communication +…