504 GRADUATE SEMINAR, SPECIAL TOPICS
This seminar promotes the discussion of contemporary issues in design and advanced interior design and architectural theory and criticism conducted through case studies, readings from modern commentary and research. Individuals from industry will be invited to participate in panel discussions on contemporary topics offering students opportunities for interaction with practicing professionals. Topics for discussion will also include global theories referencing concepts for improvement of not only the profession but of society on a global level. Micro trends, aging in place and sustainable environments are additional topics that will be explored. Course will include lecture, panel discussions, field trips and workshops.
505 DESIGN PROJECT, PART 2
This course is the second in the thesis capstone project class sequence of a student generated project document. The course focuses on the further design development of the project and continuation of research and analysis for thesis texts. A portfolio/sketchbook and completed thesis document are required, as are various assignments. Students are required to create a product or merchandising concept that will be incorporated into their final capstone project.
506 RESEARCH METHODS, PART 2
This course is the second in a series of research methods exposing students to a variety of ways to obtain new knowledge that directly relates to their thesis. Practical research methods and writing are studied. Students’ research will be reviewed and critiqued by faculty.
507 GRADUATE SEMINAR, PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
Last in the three part series, this course concentrates on professional practices and explores major areas related to the practice of interior design and the designer’s role in the organization and management of the firm. Legal documents and issues related to professional practice will be discussed. Individuals from the profession will be guest speakers, and there will be panel discussions from designers in the industry. Field trips to workrooms, fabricators and design resources are part of this seminar. Course will include lecture, field trips and workshops.
508 DESIGN PROJECT, PART 3
Students finalize their capstone project. Incorporation of the capstone project into the student’s portfolio will culminate in a student exhibit of this capstone project. Opening of the exhibit will include a student verbal presentation of the capstone project, which may include multi media effects. The presentation will be followed by a reception where students, faculty and friends are invited.
509 RESEARCH METHODS, PART 3
The final in a series of three classes on preparation of research for the student’s final thesis project and paper. Emphasis is placed on proper formatting of the document in integrating course work for the preparation of the written thesis document and final project.