dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel Courses

All Courses Offered via the Design Graduate Program

Listed in numeric sequence.  Designators include ApSt (Apparel Studies), DES (Design), GDes (Graphic Design), HSG (Housing Studies), and IDes (Interior Design).  DES courses are relevant to most tracks.

 

 

ApSt 5117.  Retail Environments and Human Behavior

 

 

3 cr

 

Theory and research related to the designed environment across retail channels.

 

Fall, every year

 

 

ApSt 5121. History of Costume

 

 

4 cr

 

Survey of clothing and appearance in Western cultures from 18th century to present. Role of gender, race, and class with respect to changes in dress within historical moments and social contexts. Research approaches and methods in the study and interpretation of dress.

 

 

 

Spring, every year

 

ApSt 5123. Living in a Consumer Society

 

 

3 cr

 

Consumerism within the US society and the relentless commodification of all areas of social life, including health care education, the production of news, and the commercialization of public space and culture. What drives consumer society? How is meaning manufactured? What are the lived experiences of consumers today?

 

Fall, even years

 

ApSt 5124.  Consumers of Design

 

3 cr

 

Contemporary approaches to consumer behavior.

 

Spring, even years

 

 

DES 5165.  Design and Globalization

 

3 cr

 

Movement of people, products, and ideas. Challenges brought by differences among us.

 

Fall, odd years

 

 

DES/ApSt/GDes/Hsg/IDes 5170. Topics

 

1-4 cr

 

In‑depth investigation of a single specific topic, announced in advance.

 

Periodically

 

 

DES 5185.  Human Factors in Design

 

3 cr

 

Theories/methods that influence the assessment of physical, social, and psychological human factors. Development of user needs with application to designed products that interact with human body.

 

 

 

Spring, Every

 

DES/ApSt/GDes/Hsg/IDes 5193. Directed Study

 

 

1-4 cr

 

Independent study in design, housing, and apparel under tutorial guidance.

 

 

Periodically

 

DES/ApSt 5196. Field Study: National/International

 

 

1-10 cr

 

Faculty‑directed field study in a national or international setting.

 

 

Periodically

 

DES 5201.  Career and Job Search Preparation for Graduate Students

 

 

1 cr

 

Job search/career development tools. Goals, networking, job search, resume/CV, interviewing. Assignments include resume/CV, informational interview, career development plan.

 

 

 

Fall, Spring every year

 

ApSt 5218.  Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry

 

 

3 cr

 

Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to time, place, and design. Focuses on fashion centers, fashion industry, and globalization. Chinese fashion industry as case study.

 

 

Fall, every year

 

GDes 5311.  Illustration

 

3 cr

 

Image making by hand or digitally for use in design projects. Design development. Mapping out ideas/expressing thoughts visually. Not observational drawing course.

 

 

Spring, every year

 

GDes 5341. Interactive Design

 

 

3 cr

 

Design of interactive multi-media projects. Experience developing interactive presentations and electronic publishing. Software includes hypermedia, scripting, digital output.

 

 

Fall, Spring every year

 

GDes 5342. Web and Interface Design

 

 

3 cr

 

Introduction to design/usability of interface between humans and technology. Evaluation of visual elements that control/organize dealings with computers that are used to direct work. Students develop designs, evaluate their effectiveness through usability testing.

 

 

Fall, Spring every year

 

GDes 5371.  Data Visualization Studio

 

 

3 cr

 

Visual articulation of data.  Expansive research, meticulous gathering of data, analysis.  Develop cohesive graphical narratives/build solid foundation in craft of presenting data.

 

 

Fall, every year

 

GDes 5372.  Data Visualization for Interactive Platforms.

 

 

3 cr

 

Skills/tools necessary to process large quantities of information/present them through interactive mediums. Create data visualizations for web utilizing Javascript libraries.  Linear/non-linear data-driven narratives.

 

 

Spring, every year

 

GDes 5383. Digital Illustration and Animation

 

4 cr

 

Advanced computer design. Integration of design knowledge with Macintosh computer applications. Students use software to create digital illustration and animations. Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Flash.

 

 

Fall, odd years

 

GDes 5386. Fundamentals of Game Design

 

 

3 cr

 

Games of all kinds. Theoretical/practical aspects of making games. Investigation of design process. Rules, strategies, methodologies. Analysis of interactivity, choice, action, outcome, rules in game design. Social interaction, story telling, meaning/ideology, semiotics. Signs and cultural meaning.

 

 

Fall, even years

 

GDes 5388. Graphic Design Research

 

 

3 cr

 

Preliminary research, including theoretical, applied, and legal aspects. Planning/developmental models. Design prototyping, testing, and analysis.

 

 

Fall, even years

 

GDes 5399. Theory of Electronic Design

 

 

3 cr

 

Theories, methodologies, histories of electronic design, its impact on visual communications. Digital artifacts, processes, paradigms.

 

 

Fall, odd years

 

HSG 5463. Housing Policy

 

 

3 cr

 

Explore the institutional and environmental settings that make up housing policy in the United States. Examine competing ideas about solving the nation's housing problems through public intervention in the market. Federal and local public sector responses to housing problems will be evaluated.

 

 

 

Spring, every year

 

HSG 5464. Understanding Housing: Assessment and Analysis

 

 

3 cr

 

How to formulate housing research problems and analyze/present information about housing characteristics/conditions. Students develop housing-related research/grant proposals, use/design cartographic/graphic information about housing, and give a presentation on a research project.

 

 

Spring, every year

 

HSG 5467. Housing and the Social Environment

 

 

4 cr

 

Housing choices in context of social environment. Emphasizes special needs of elderly, disabled, minorities, large families, female-headed households, and low-income households. Students conduct a post-occupancy evaluation of housing.

 

 

Fall, every year

 

HSG 5481. Promoting Independence in Housing and Community

 

3 cr

 

Housing, work, and community environments as they relate to aging and managing disabilities. Principles of home modification, universal design, livable communities, and assistive technology to support individuals/families.

 

 

Fall, odd years

 

HSG 5484. Rural Housing Issues

 

 

3 cr

 

Housing issues in nonmetropolitan areas. The housing concerns of specific rural populations (e.g., low income, elderly persons, American Indians, migrant workers) are identified and comparisons with urban housing issues are made.

 

 

Spring, odd years

 

DES 8102.  Quantitative Research Methods

 

 

3 cr

 

Quantitative research methods for issues related to humans, their behaviors, and everyday living in the designed environment.

 

 

Fall, every year

 

DES 8103. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

 

 

3 cr

 

A scientific approach to qualitative research. Methods/strategies combined to explore complex research questions.

 

 

Spring, every year

 

DES 8112. Design Theory and Criticism

 

3 cr

 

Students establish a framework for criticism by examining various theories used in design disciplines, study existing designed environments to explain the designer's purpose, identify problem‑solving processes, and describe interaction between humans and design. Field investigations.

 

 

Spring, odd years

 

 

DES 8113. Teaching and Assessment

 

 

2 cr

 

Educational processes/methods used in design studio/lecture courses. Learning styles, best practices for grading, alternative methods of critique, interacting with students, active learning strategies, teaching with technology.

 

 

Fall, even years

 

DES 8114. Design Studio

 

 

4 cr

 

 

Advanced problem analysis and design solution.

 

 

Fall, even years

 

DES 8115. Grant Writing

 

 

2 cr

 

An interdisciplinary course in grant writing.

 

Fall, even years

 

 

DES 8151. Product Development

 

 

3 cr

 

Product development theories and methods as applied in many design fields.  Emphasis on product development in the retail setting with use of seminar format discussion, case study analyses, observation and critique of a hands-on industry product development project.

 

 

Spring, odd years

 

DES 8164. Innovation Theory and Analysis

 

 

3 cr

 

 

Theories and factors that influence adoption and diffusion of designed products. Methodologies used in analysis of diffusion process.

 

 

 

Periodically

 

DES 8166. Material Culture and Design

 

 

3 cr

 

 

Research approaches to material culture study using artifacts from Goldstein Museum of Design.

 

 

Periodically

 

DES 8167. Aesthetics of Design

 

 

3 cr

 

 

Investigation of aesthetics and design: how we perceive, analyze, value and evaluate design outcomes / results.

 

 

Periodically

 

DES/ApSt/GDes/HSG/IDes 8170. Topics

 

1-3 cr

 

 

In‑depth investigation of a topic announced in advance.

 

Periodically

 

ApSt/GDes/HSG/IDes 8180. Professional Seminar

 

 

1-2 cr

 

 

Professional development issues and trends.

 

Periodically

 

DES 8181. Research Ethics

 

 

1 cr

 

 

Overview of ethical concerns/questions in conducting/disseminating research. Mentoring relationships, use of human subjects, data handling, plagiarism, authorship, publishing, research funding, social responsibility of researchers, code of conduct.

 

 

Spring, every year

 

ApSt/GDes/HSG/IDes 8192. Readings

 

 

1-3 cr

 

Independent study and review of books and periodicals under tutorial guidance.

 

 

Periodically

 

ApSt/GDes/HSG/IDes 8193. Directed Study

 

 

1-3 cr

 

Independent study under tutorial guidance.

 

 

Periodically

 

ApSt 8267. Dress and Culture

 

 

3 cr

 

Cultural factors of identity expressed through dress. Focuses on issues of cultural diversity through analysis of dress and textiles within a specific world region.

 

 

Periodically

 

ApSt 8268. Behavioral Aspects of Dress

 

 

3 cr

 

 

An in-depth study of research and social science theories as applied to appearance and dress as manifestations of human behavior.

 

 

Spring, odd years

 

ApSt 8271. Retailing:  Strategic Perspectives

 

 

3 cr

 

 

The purpose of this course is to provide exposure to a number of selected topics in the field of retailing.  Students will have the opportunity to extend their thinking regarding consumer behavior to strategic retail management.

 

 

Fall, odd years

 

ApSt 8272.  Digital Consumers: Theories in Retail and Consumer Studies

 

 

3 cr

 

 

This seminar course reviews a range of critical theories in retail and consumer studies to explore issues in multichannel retailing environments.  Students will be exposed to a breadth of topics in multichannel retailing and gain practical research experience.

 

 

Spring, even years

 

GDes 8361. Color, Design, and Human Perception

 

 

3 cr

 

 

Perceptual and psychological aspects of color and design. Human factors of color variables and design strategies that can enhance human experience of, and interaction with, color.

 

 

Spring, even years

 

GDes 8362. The Nature of Representation in Visual Communication

 

 

3 cr

 

 

Relationship of images to the design communication process. Aspects of representation and pictorial information modes. Human interaction with images and their role in increasing understanding, enhancing learning, and positively affecting human experience.

 

 

 

Spring, odd years

 

HSG 8463. Housing: Race and Class

 

 

3 cr

 

Roles of difference (race, gender, class) in shaping distribution of housing, particularly in cities. Role of housing in patterns of social differentiation.

 

 

Fall, every year

 

HSG 8467. Theoretical Perspectives in Housing Studies

 

 

3 cr

 

Investigation/evaluation of theories applied to study of housing. Levels of analysis. Links between theory, research questions, and methodological approaches.

 

 

Periodically

 

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