This course is the second in the thesis capstone project class sequence of a student generated project document. The course focuses on the further design development of the project and continuation of research and analysis for thesis texts. A portfolio/sketchbook and completed thesis document are required, as are various assignments. Students are required to create a product or merchandising concept that will be incorporated into their final capstone project.
This multi thematic seminar explores topics central to the decorative arts and to connoisseurship. Specialized subjects will be studied in depth, beyond the scope of the bachelor’s degree. Subjects include antiques, silver appraisal and glass. The art of collecting fine art through consultants will include contemporary living artists and traditional artists. Study also will include California arts such as tile, pottery and painting, American regional art and Mexican art. Guest speakers will include antique and art appraisers, consultants from the Getty Collection and fine art consultants. Field trips will be taken to the Getty Collection in Malibu, Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum where students will receive lectures by faculty. Course will include lecture, field trips and workshops.
Students research, develop and analyze data and design criteria for a substantial design project of their choice involving diverse populations. Students research case studies, project types and relevant environment and behavior theory. This advanced studio requires students to integrate and synthesize the skills and knowledge gained throughout their studies to create a comprehensive project, which may include presentation drawings, models, material and furniture boards, detail drawings and specifications. This class is Part 1 in a series of three classes that is integrated with their research thesis.
This research based course lays the foundation for the thesis to be completed. In consultation with faculty, students will select an appropriate project type, determine the site to be used, write a project statement and program outline. Students will learn advanced methods of research and the appropriate methods of writing to support their research.
This seminar promotes the discussion of contemporary issues in design and advanced interior design and architectural theory and criticism conducted through case studies, readings from modern commentary and research. Individuals from industry will be invited to participate in panel discussions on contemporary topics offering students opportunities for interaction with practicing professionals. Topics for discussion will also include global theories referencing concepts for improvement of not only the profession but of society on a global level. Micro trends, aging in place and sustainable environments are additional topics that will be explored. Course will include lecture, panel discussions, field trips and workshops.
Assignment of a studio project in the residential field utilizing programming, schematic design and design development with emphasis on the spatial envelope. Students will specify all materials for the living space and complete the project by preparing a model and boards.
Drafting skills and blueprint reading. Emphasis is placed on the structural aspects of residential and commercial blueprints.
Analysis of lighting for both residential and contract applications. Special emphasis is on lighting vocabulary, plans, distribution and quality.
Exploration of the world of textiles, fibers and their purchase and manufacturing. Resources for textile purchase also will be studied.
A detailed study of the principles for management of an independent design studio. All business procedures will be researched.