Currently this class is taught as a four credit hour/six contact hour class within the College of Textiles to Fashion & Textile Design (FTD) students. When this degree program began, students took the four hour studio course as one component of a three course, first year design experience. The other two courses in this plan were taught by the College of Design, one was two hours and the other was three. When curricular review in the College of Design revealed need for greater depth in study of fundamental design concepts during the first year experience, we worked collaboratively with them as they engaged in revisions impacting the FTD program courses. Guided by communications from Hernan Merchant to Trevor Little, we were able to adjust the FTD first year experience in a parallel fashion to changes in Design. By adding the two credit hours gained by changes in Design first year experience to our first year studio, we are able to provide our FTD students with the opportunity develop enhanced skills in design language, design elements and principles, and design communication and theory within the context of the FTD first year experience in the College of Textiles.
As a point of information related to D 292 discussed in the attached information regarding the email consultation with the Assoc. Dean, Merchant, at the College of Design, the course catalog shows that the College of Design D104 and D105 courses are now 6 cr. each. D 292 referenced in Hernan's email is a special topics course used to develop new courses, and the 2 cr were ultimately added to their studios. This is the same strategy we have implemented leading to the FTD 104 and 105 course actions.
See the COD catalog. You will notice that the hours have changed to 6 for Units, but the description of a 4 credit course did not change. www2.acs.ncsu.edu/reg_records/crs_cat/D.html#D104
This proposal is to add 3 contact hours to the 6 contact hour studio class with the addition of readings and applications, quizzes and exams in design language, design elements and principles, and design communication and theory and elements of design. This addition will provide significantly greater depth in the studio content than previously offered. With the addition of the 3 contact hours students will have the opportunity to more thoroughly comprehend the design concepts presented and apply them to their own design work in a studio setting. The addition of the lectures will also be formally assessed using quizzes and exams throughout the semester as proposed in the topical outline/course schedule thus allowing a benchmark of comprehension in the subject.
Two sentences have been added to the Catalog Description to incorporate the added content.
"Design language, design elements and principles, and design communication and theory will be studied through readings and applications and will be experienced in person through field trips. Additional costs may be incurred for field trips. "