Courses & Project Spotlight

Junior Year - Year one

Elements and Principles of Design 

This was a quarter long assignment that explored the fundamentals of visual language and the principles of visual organization. Among other content students studied: 

  • Design Elements 
    Basic elements for form, visual vocabulary – syntax, size, shape, color etc. 
     
  • Design Principles 
    Theory, law, rule – about how form works e.g. Symmetry, Gestalt laws, etc. 
  • Design Aspects 
    Qualities, conditions, descriptive characteristic – how form feels, e.g. Harmony, Emphasis, Rhythm, sensation, etc. 
Design / Studio
APDZ 310 Intro to Applied Design / Form Making

The purpose of this course is to set the field for the BASD student experience and orient the student for successful navigation through the program and then into a design related career. The course will also provide the student with an overall foundation in design principles, vocabulary and operating principles. The primary goal of this course is for students to learn advanced visual organization and form making -and become competent at creating visual presentations that can 
communicate complicated and comprehensive design concepts. 

The fundamental elements and principles of design will be explored through class exercises and course projects. Students will assess their technical, design, and academic skills and identify areas for improvement. Students will consider and begin refining their personal design process and workflow. Further exploration of design concepts occurs in a subsequent courses, APDZ 311, Design Theory and 
APDZ 312 Design Theory II.  

Students will produce a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course.  

Project: Project Name & Description

Design / Topic
APDZ 331 Design Creative Processes

The purpose of this course is to provide a learning context for gaining personal and human potential growth for BASD students. The course will also provide the student with an overall foundation in creative processes and productivity. The primary goal of this course is for students to learn how to create an effective personal operating system for creative practice and life while discovering their aesthetic center. 
Course contents include; ethics and four other branches of philosophy, lateral thinking, shift -a guide for positive thinking, and the discovery of personal aesthetics. Further exploration of related design concepts occurs in a subsequent course, APDZ 312 Design Theory II. 
Students will produce a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course. 

Academic Core
CMST 302 Mass Communication

This course focuses on mass media’s history and cultural, social, and economic impacts. Examines how Internet, television, radio, film, and print media affect public and private life. CMST 302 studies legal, ethical, and commercial dimensions of mass communication, including First Amendment issues.

Design / Studio
APDZ 311 Design Theory I

The purpose of this course is to continue the education of design theory and communication for BASD students. The course will provide the student with an overall foundation in language theory, arts-based research and cognitive processing. The primary goal of this course is for students to learn advanced visual signification and become competent at creating visual comprehensives that can communicate complicated and concepts. 
 

Course contents include; visual narrative methods and models, semiotics and semiology, language patterns, cultural context (associated cultures) and principles of typography. Further exploration of related design concepts occurs in a subsequent courses, APDZ 312 Design Theory II. Students will produce a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course. 

Elective
APDZ 382 Branded Interactions

The purpose of this course is to provide a context where students can learn about Environmental Graphic Design including Way Finding, Exhibit Design and Entertainment Retail. The course is also intended to be a survey of current best practice within industry 

This course provides a survey of the field of Environmental Graphic Design from historical, cultural and industry practice perspectives. Students will study the principles of Environmental Graphic Design and then apply these tools toward an assigned project. Quarter.  

For this particular course the assigned project was a hypothetical concept for Sound Transit Eastlink station. The focus was to create a viable station experience including; place making, landmark recognition, unique identity, and sustainable 
community enhancement. 
Students create a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course. 

Academic Core
Any ENGL Writing Course (ENGL 102 or 235 Recommended)
  • Childhood OCD Campaign by Jessica Luchsinger   
  • Seasonal Affective Campaign Disorder by Joseph Kit
Design / Studio
APDZ 312 Interaction and Experience ( was Design Theory II / Meaning Making )

This course provides a survey of the field of human centered design (HCD) from historical, cultural, and multi-disciplinary perspectives. Students will explore theories underlying HCD, assess products for usability, and examine the stages of design process, including empathy, ideation, testing and feedback, modeling, and 
proof of concept. 


This course draws upon the generous use of IDEO.org education content for course text material, handbooks, and tools. Students will create a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course. 

Design / Topic
APDZ 332 Design and Innovation Design

The purpose of this course is to provide a context where students can learn about and explore wicked problems and model out various ways to vet design opportunities that can respond to these challenges. 
 
This course is a practical study of how design innovations lead to new opportunities. Students will create a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project 
 

Universal Remote by Diana Makarevich

Elective
APDZ 472 Interaction Design 1 (was APDZ 381 Theory of Interaction)

The purpose of this course is to provide a context where students can learn about and explore wicked problems and model out various ways to vet design opportunities that can respond to these challenges. 
 
This course is a practical study of how design innovations lead to new opportunities. Students will create a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project 
 

Senior Year - Year TWO

Homelessness in King County by Justina Fu

Design / Studio
APDZ 441 Design Research Project

This course examines essential strategies and methods for creating and validating a complex, research-based design project. Students apply design thinking methodology and principles, including human-centered design and activity-centered design.

  • Totem Lake Station – Sound Transit East Link by Jessica Luchsinger
  • Issaquah Identity Project – Emma Bolz
Elective
APDZ 385 Environmental Graphic Design

The purpose of this course is to provide a context where students can learn about Environmental Graphic Design including Way Finding, Exhibit Design and Entertainment Retail. The course is also intended to be a survey of current best practice within industry 

This course provides a survey of the field of Environmental Graphic Design from historical, cultural and industry practice perspectives. Students will study the principles of Environmental Graphic Design and then apply these tools toward an assigned project. Quarter.  

For this particular course the assigned project was a hypothetical concept for Sound Transit Eastlink station. The focus was to create a viable station experience including; place making, landmark recognition, unique identity, and sustainable 
community enhancement. 
Students create a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course. 

Academic Core
MATH 335 Computational Design

Morton Wines by Holly Jennings

Design / Studio
APDZ 451 Design Team Project

Under the direction of their instructor, students will work in teams to perform design tasks in partnership with real-world design projects. Some on-site work at a partner organization may be required.

Save Water Now by James Ferguson

Elective
APDZ 473 Interaction Design 2 (was APDZ 384 Interaction Design II)

Save Water Now by James Ferguson

Elective
APDZ 485 Experiential Design

This course provides advanced study in the field of environmental graphic design and experiential design. Students will study the principles and practices of experiential design, built environments, and interaction design. Students will explore design concepts that apply to 2D/3D/ and 4D form constructs and produce models of possible design constructs. The project for this quarter was a hypothetical museum exhibit concept, event, or program for MoPop, the Museum of Pop Culture.  

The objectives for the project were: 

  • Expand the museum’s reach for a wider content and experience range 
  • Provide connection for greater opportunities for a more diverse 
    range of demographics. 
  • Create attraction for wider cultural reach. 

Students create a competitive portfolio artifact as a final project for this course. 

Smartphone Voting for General Election by Kevin Smith

Design / Studio
APDZ 461 Senior Capstone Project

Students will complete a culminating project integrating all of their coursework and resulting in an employment portfolio piece that involves all steps in the design process from ideation to proof of concept, showcasing their abilities.

Elective
APDZ 474 Interactive Design 3 (new course)
Academic Core
HUM 215 / DSJ Content
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