Basic Design Studies

Below is a complete list of Basic Design Studies (BDS) courses offered. Courses are only offered once a year. 

BDS 100 Design Thinking
Design, like almost every industry, profession, school or major on campus, is forever being changed by technology, it's reach, global access, and social innovation. From the basics of how to think like a designer or how to design a better presentation in powerpoint to how design can be situated in businesses and organizations to create innovative new products, services or social change. This course will give students an awareness of design in our everyday world; an understanding of some of the cultural, theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues related to design and designing. The ultimate goal is that by the end of this course students will know how design contributes to contemporary society and how they might use this understanding throughout their life in little and big ways. Open to all majors. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
This is a course for all Design Department majors, to introduce them to creative problem solving; and the fundamentals of two, three and four-dimensional design. Drawing, photography, 2D and 3D models are used in this course as a means of design thinking to visually represent problems and solutions. Students must receive at least a grade of C (2.0) in this course to continue in the Design program. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Design Department or receive instructor permission. Corequisite: BDS 103. LAB.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Hossler, Ann
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 317 - LAWRENCE
TuTh 12:30-02:20 PM MAR 216B - LAWRENCE
3 17257
LAB Talleur, Linda
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 321 - LAWRENCE
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 315 - LAWRENCE
3 17258
LAB Herstowski, Andrea
Smith, Kent
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 316 - LAWRENCE
3 17260
LAB Hossler, Tim
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 203A - LAWRENCE
3 17259
LAB Muntoreanu, Roberto
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 203C - LAWRENCE
3 19790
LAB Ockinga, Abbey
TuTh 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 203B - LAWRENCE
3 29079
BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
This is a course for all Design Department majors and serves as a continuation of BDS 101 with a greater emphasis on examining the relationships between design and other systems: environment, society and culture, and technology and economics. One and a half hours of lecture and six hours of studio-lab per week. Students must receive at least a grade of C (2.0) in this course to continue in their Design program. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Design Department and have completed BDS 101 and 103 with at least a grade of C (2.0) or equivalent course work, or receive instructor permission. Prerequisite: BDS 101 and 103. LAB.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

BDS 103 Drawing for Design
This course will focus on drawing as a tool of communication through freehand exercises that explore observation and perception, form and proportion, dimensional illusion and expressive characteristics using a variety of materials and media. Some identified sections of this course will also use two-and three-dimensional modeling software. Students must receive at least a grade of C (2.0) in this course to continue in their Design program. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Design Department or receive instructor permission. Corequisite: BDS 101. LAB.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Lord, Matthew
MW 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 316 - LAWRENCE
3 17324
LAB Johnson, Stephen
MW 08:30-11:20 AM CHAL 317 - LAWRENCE
3 18381
LAB Johnson, Stephen
MW 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 317 - LAWRENCE
3 18382
LAB Smith, Kent
MW 11:30-02:20 PM CHAL 316 - LAWRENCE
3 20159
LAB Copt, Louis
MW 02:30-05:20 PM CHAL 317 - LAWRENCE
3 19202
LAB Smith, Kent
MW 02:30-05:20 PM CHAL 316 - LAWRENCE
3 20160

Department of Design Grade Requirements 
If a course is required under the major studies section on your degree check sheet, you must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better to continue on to the next course in the sequence. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will require you to repeat this course. Students in the Department of Design must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA to graduate with a degree in Design.


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