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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [Archived Catalogue]

DESN 200 Design History

3 credits 45.0 hours
200 level undergraduate course

This lecture course will explore the history and theory of design from the mid-nineteenth century to the late twentieth century within the broader context of this time period’s rapid technological change, social and political upheaval, and expanding cultural exchange. This course builds upon the art historical overview introduced in the freshman year in Art History Survey I and II. Weaving together diverse histories of ideas, movements, and events within a loose chronological framework, students will investigate the specific issues of design as they connect to society at large while also evaluating the evolving role of design and designer, and design’s relationship to other disciplines. Through discussion and written assignments, students will engage with the history and theory of design in order to inform the development of their individual design practices and critical thinking skills. Students will be exposed to a wide array of design philosophies, artifacts, and outcomes through an eclectic collection of materials that include texts by designers, historians and theoreticians, philosophers, sociologists, and cultural critics.

Prerequisites COMP*102, COMP*102D, COMP*102E, COMP*112, or COMP*112H

This course is not repeatable for credit.
This course can fulfill a discipline history elective, critical studies elective, or general elective requirement.