DESIGN PROJECT, PART 2

4.5 Units

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.

RESEARCH METHODS, PART 2

Units

This course is the second in a series of research methods exposing students to a variety of ways to obtain new knowledge that directly relates to their thesis. Practical research methods and writing are studied. Students’ research will be reviewed and critiqued by faculty.

GRADUATE SEMINAR, PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

6.5 Units

Last in the three part series, this course concentrates on professional practices and explores major areas related to the practice of interior design and the designer’s role in the organization and management of the firm. Legal documents and issues related to professional practice will be discussed. Individuals from the profession will be guest speakers, and there will be panel discussions from designers in the industry. Field trips to workrooms, fabricators and design resources are part of this seminar. Course will include lecture, field trips and workshops.

DESIGN PROJECT, PART 3

7.5 Units

Students finalize their capstone project. Incorporation of the capstone project into the student’s portfolio will culminate in a student exhibit of this capstone project. Opening of the exhibit will include a student verbal presentation of the capstone project, which may include multi media effects. The presentation will be followed by a reception where students, faculty and friends are invited.

RESEARCH METHODS, PART 3

Units

The final in a series of three classes on preparation of research for the student’s final thesis project and paper. Emphasis is placed on proper formatting of the document in integrating course work for the preparation of the written thesis document and final project.

GRADUATE SEMINAR, THE ARTS

6.5 Units

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.

DESIGN PROJECT, PART 1

4.5 Units

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.

RESEARCH METHODS, PART 1

Units

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.

GRADUATE SEMINAR, SPECIAL TOPICS

6.5 Units

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.