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(subject to approval by the Curriculum Committee)

Furniture as tool, furniture as icon

This furniture minor will focus on the cultural, physical and psychological relationships between ourselves and furniture through conceptual engagement, material investigation, and academic contextualization. The course will be production-oriented, with a strong emphasis on hands-on experimentation and lab work.

The course will be based around three core furniture design studios, running sequentially:

GDES 3B15 Furniture 1 will deal with the conceptual, expressive and iconic element of furniture.

GDES 3B25 Furniture 2 builds on this experimentation and introduces elements of production and utility.

GDES 4B11 Furniture 3 is self-directed project-based studio with an emphasis on a student-led final outcome.

The minor will provide students with a focused cultural, conceptual and practical understanding of the area of furniture, allowing student to focus on and specialize in project work that will support their major, either through providing relevant depth of knowledge in the student's major design field, especially furniture design/manufacture; or by providing breadth, context and an augment of another design major or art major.

Furniture and relationship: historically, physically, emotionally, anthropologically, psychologically

 * indicates courses under development


The following five courses are required:   2.5
GDES 3B15 Furniture Design 1 (taken with Furniture Design 1 Lab/Wood)
GDES 3B25 Furniture Design 2 (taken with Furniture Design 2 Lab/Wood)
GDES 4B11 Furniture Design 3 (possible lab attachment)*
VISC 3B32 History of Furniture (LST)
VISC 3B27/SOSC 3B27 Human Factors for Designers (LST)
Choose two: 0.75 or 1.0
INDS 3A04 Advanced Drawing for 3D Design*
INDS 3A02 Mechanical & Structural Design Principles (SEM)
GDES 4B03 Internship (appropriate to Minor)
VISC 2B38 Design Methodologies: Theories & Concepts (LST)
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy (LST)
VISC 2B12 History of Design: Indigenous & Vernacular (LST)
Choose one: 0.5
VISC 2B01 History of Modern Design (LST)
VISC 3B41 Cross-Cultural Issues in Craft (LST)
SOSC 3B02 Material Culture and Consumer Society (LST)

Total 3.75 or 4.0

Last Modified:1/24/2012 12:57:07 PM