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Fall 2019

  1. Advanced Furniture Studio

    This is a required studio for seniors that develops advanced theory and practice in furniture design. Projects include experimental seating design and an introduction to upholstery techniques. Seniors develop a Degree Project Proposal along with a project that explores and tests the proposal.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  2. CAD Modeling For Furniture Designers

    This course will provide students with a high level of competency and an increased sensitivity to the creative potential that CAD modeling presents to designers. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and technologies of CAD using Rhinoceros. There will be expenses associated with outputting services (printing, rapid prototyping and/or CNC machining).

    Elective

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  3. Cabinets, Doors and Drawers

    This course will provide an opportunity for students to design and make cabinets of various types with doors and drawers. Students will learn the subtleties of casework and fitting doors, drawers and hardware. While a wide range of design approaches from very simple to complex will be encouraged, this course will be an especially good opportunity for those students who wish to explore advanced woodworking.

    Elective; Furniture Design majors only.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  4. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  5. Design & Processes

    The junior studio expands and interprets the skills and concepts introduced in the sophomore studios. The primary focus of the semester is an experimentally based investigation of bending and forming techniques - molded plywood, bent lamination, steam bending, and vacuum-formed plastic. While focused on the use of wood and plastic materials, an experimental approach is expected in the studio. Students are encouraged to conceptually explore skills and materials to develop a personal design approach and studio practice. The semester culminates in a final design, in which students utilize learned techniques to create one-offs, objects intended for batch production or prototypes designed for production.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  6. Drawing Furniture 2-d

    Drawing for Furniture 2D will focus on the ways in which drawing can help generate, evaluate and communicate design concepts. Students will be introduced to the conventions and techniques of technical drawing for Furniture Design while pursuing experiments that supplement and challenge established practices. Focus will be on two drawing systems, orthographic and paraline projection, working by hand and with computers.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  7. EHP Fall: Studio Concentratio

    In this intensive independent studio students continue and complete the work began in "EHP Studio Elective", culminating in the final exhibition and review. It corresponds to the remaining four weeks of the program, after students have finished with their Art History and Italian classes.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  8. EHP Studio Elective

    Independent studio is at the core of the EHP experience. Upon arrival, students are assigned studio space at the Palazzetto Cenci, home of RISD's program in Rome. With guidance from the chief critic, each student develops a personal body of work sparked by his/her interactions with places, people and circumstances in Rome and other locations that are part of the EHP tours (such as the Northern, Southern or Eastern tours, as well as other shorter trips.) The work takes as a point of departure knowledge and techniques specific to individual home departments, but allows, and even encourages, explorations beyond disciplinary boundaries, including collaborations and cross-fertilization within a group of students from different departments working together.

    Beyond consistent and thorough engagement with studio work, requirements include participation in open studios and exhibitions, presentations in reviews, and attendance to all group activities and events, such as lectures at the Cenci and other institutions. From time to time, the chief critic may issue short assignments to introduce or focus on a particular subject. As part of the studio elective, students may be encouraged to keep sketchbooks and/or diaries, participate in optional activities--such as figure drawing sessions--and search for brief internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of interactions with local artists, designers, curators and critics.

    EHP Studio Elective corresponds to the first twelve weeks of the program, while students are also taking Art History and Italian classes. This course establishes the direction for the work in the "Studio Concentration" course that follows.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  9. Form In Metals

    In this junior studio students are presented with the idea of using metal to develop furniture forms. While the primary metal used to investigate form is mild steel, properties and techniques are also presented that apply to stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass and bronze. Students become proficient in TIG welding, and are introduced to arc welding, spot welding, gas welding, brazing and soldering. Basic structural properties of steel are investigated through a series of short projects designed to inform students of the appropriate forms and applications. Basic and more advanced fabrication techniques, metal surface treatments, as well as metal finishing are also topics of class demonstrations.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  10. Furniture Design Senior Seminar

    The goal of this fall semester seminar is to establish a theme and conceptual foundation for the spring semester Senior Degree Project Report. Students are expected to develop a design journal of visual and written source/reference material, which will provide the foundations for the development of their Degree Project. Degree Projects should explore new territory while being based on demonstrated strengths and previous experiences. Faculty will review the summer design journals to extract areas of interest. Students will be exposed to a variety of theoretical work that is relevant in the contemporary context. An introduction to research methodologies to help locate historic and contemporary writing and work that is relevant to the student's chosen area of interest. The outcome of the assigned writing exercises and writing samples are aimed to identify Degree Project themes.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  11. Furniture Design Thesis Seminar

    This graduate seminar is organized in parallel with the Graduate Furniture Design Thesis studio for the purpose of guiding the written thesis document. The goal is to provide students with a focused opportunity to map their thesis projects and to create the document that supports their studio practice and body of work known as the thesis.

    Open seniors, fifth-year seniors, and graduate students.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  12. Graduate Furniture Design I

    This course concentrates on the exploration of personal design aesthetics and the development of furniture projects that exhibit a high degree of technical proficiency.

    Graduate major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  13. Graduate Furniture Design III

    This course concentrates on projects that begin the thesis body of work. Advanced design and technical processes are continued as part of this process.

    Graduate major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  14. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  15. ISP Non-major Elective

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  16. Introduction To Materials and Process

    This course focuses on material and process investigations that lead to a higher degree of technical proficiency providing students with an expanded foundation on which to carry out their ideas. The content of the course emphasizes how exploration and application operate in both pragmatic and unorthodox ways and reinforces ideas of how critical making and material investigation can lead to innovation. The technical aspects of production and outsourcing will also be examined.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00

    Graduate major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  17. Patterns Of Thinking: Questioning Our Prejudice

    What we believe and think effects what we are able to perceive, imagine and therefore create. Our patterns of thinking construct our understanding of the world. They determine what we believe and what we think is real and valuable. Understanding our ingrained patters of thinking is important because it determines not only what we perceive, but also what we are capable of perceiving and the manner in which we perceive it. This class will address the fundamental concepts that underlie issues of Social Equity and Inclusion (SEI). In this seminar course, students will be encouraged to critically explore their own assumptions and prejudice to cultivate flexibility in the development of their thought process and to embrace uncertainty in an effort to reach beyond current human cognitive limitations in dealing with the psychological and social manifestations that underpin societal inequality. There will be weekly reading and writing assignments, and a final essay chronicling the students' personal progress through the class. Instead of a final essay, students may choose to present a work of art or design that is indicative of their understanding of the course material.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

    Open to juniors and above.

  18. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  19. Professional Practice and Portfolio

    This class will focus on professional presentation with regards to all aspects of your work including visual portfolio, artist statement, resume and clear articulate correspondence. With a basic understanding of what you are trying to achieve combined with a philosophy of how you will achieve it, this course will help equip you with the foundation to deal with the business of making a living from your art. Students will be exposed to various design practices.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  20. Research Elective

    Students will research specific furniture themes and materials in a variety of contexts including external partnerships. Course is a required elective with adequate wood studio experience.

    Major elective; Furniture Design majors only.

    Permission of Instructor required.

  21. Sophomore Design Methods

    This studio course introduces materials commonly used in furniture making and the foundation skills necessary to integrate them into furniture. Emphasis is on techniques, structures and materials properties. These are integrated with theoretical exercises that focus on design.

    Tool Rental: $150.00

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  22. Textiles Transforming Into Furniture

    This research course focuses on the experimentation with soft materials utilizing techniques of textile construction to create functional furniture with structural integrity. This course will rely on teamwork between Furniture Design and Textile students to take advantage of each other's expertise in furniture making and textile construction. In the beginning of the course students will be introduced to examples of contemporary furniture design, which use soft materials in unconventional ways to create unexpected forms and experiences. Reading will be assigned that covers these contemporary examples in detail. Parallel to this students will be exposed to weaving and knitting techniques, but should also consider other techniques such as crocheting, knotting, basket weaving etc. Students are encouraged to alter these techniques according to their needs to discover unique design solutions. Additionally, students will be introduced to unconventional materials not necessarily associated with furniture to generate innovative results. Substructures constructed out of solid materials can be used to provide rigidity as well as glue/resin to reinforce soft materials. Since this course focuses on material research, students are expected to engage in sustained in-depth inquiry, which should be documented in a meaningful way throughout the entire process.

    Major elective

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Registration by Furniture Design and Textiles Departments, course not available via web registration.

    Also offered as TEXT-2523; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

Wintersession 2020

  1. *Australia: Witness Tree Project: Memory, Place and Cultural Ecology

    Witness Tree Project Australia: Memory, Place and Cultural Ecology. Exploring Cultural Ecology Through a Historic Lens.

    Partnering with University of South Australia, Adelaide, and Peter Walker, Program Director: Master of Design, School of Art, Architecture and Design, the Witness Tree Project will travel to Australia to explore the meaning of Cultural Ecology in Australia and how it has been practiced historically by both the Aboriginal and White Cultures. We will look at the different approaches to living in the environment of the Australian continent, how these different cultures have been shaped by the land and how they have interacted with each other.

    Using living Historic Trees as a focal point, in the Seminar component we will investigate historic events in both cultures that helped inform, shape and influence their given societies. In the Studio or field, using local materials, objects will be created in response to the research, writing and reading done in the seminar. 12-14 students from RISD and 12-14 students from UniSA will work together during this Winter Session Travel course. Based out of the Adelaide campus and utilizing the Academic and Studio facilities there, the research and studio work will be executed. Several overnight field trips are planned to visit Aboriginal communities for engagement and interactive learning. An exhibition of the objects is planned in Adelaide with the exhibition returning to RISD for display.

    Dan Cavicchi, Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences dcavicch@risd.edu

    Dale Broholm, Senior Critic, Department of Furniture Design dbroholm@risd.edu

    Peter Walker, Program Director: Masters of Design, School of Art, Architecture and Design University of South Australia Peter.Walker@unisa.edu.au

    This is a co-requisite course. Students must plan and register for FD-1732 and HPSS-W732. Students will receive 3 studio credits and 3 liberal arts credits.

    Applications open in September. Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Open to sophomores and above.

    2020WS Travel cost: $2,915.00 - airfare not included.

    ***Off-Campus Study***

  2. And/neither: Non-binary Objects

    In this course, we will examine the in-between of categorization both as it pertains to personal identity and objects. The objective of this course is to identify and create objects that both talk about and embody hybridity and non-binary thinking. Students will challenge assumptions/defaults related to intersectional identities of race, gender, and sexuality as well as object identities of art, design, sculpture, and furniture. This interdisciplinary course welcomes object makers of all kinds working in a variety of mediums who wish to work between disciplines, prefer "and" over "or," or want to eschew categories altogether. The introduction of some fundamental fabrication methods as well as training on the safe use of select Co-Works and Furniture Dept. machines will help students realize concepts in physical form. Presentations and readings will provide reference of historical and contemporary works/makers and inspire studio projects. Class time will consist of lectures, discussions, critiques, demos, studio time and one on one meetings.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

  3. Exploring Upholstery From The Basics To The Extreme

    This course will focus on the art of upholstery design. It will teach the basics of traditional techniques and materials; cover historic influences; and explore methods used in mass production. The course will include the use of nontraditional materials and review unconventional methods. There will be an emphasis on ergonomics including shaping, angles, and scale and how upholstery transforms the frame and affects the user. This is a hands-on class and will include multiple upholstery projects culminating in a full-scale final project.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00

    Upholstery Kit Cost: $50.00

    Elective for majors; open to non-majors.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  4. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  5. Introduction To Furniture

    This course will be an introduction to the skills and techniques for furniture design. The primary focus will be on developing innovative concepts through drawing and model-making. Simple hand tool techniques and basic woodworking machinery will be introduced. Exercises in sketching, model-making and various design strategies will aid in developing an understanding of materials and processes, culminating in two substantial products. Through a series of informative presentations, hands-on lectures, technical demonstrations, and short project assignments, students will explore the relationships between concepts, techniques and built objects.

  6. Metals For Furniture Design

    This course is an appropriate introduction to furniture design in metal. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic techniques of metal fabrication as they apply to furniture design. Design issues will be resolved through a series of drawings and models and welding skills will be honed through several preliminary projects. Students will be expected to complete a piece of furniture.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $75.00

  7. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  8. Wearable Furniture: Apparl In The Context Of Its Environment

    Students in this course will analyze and explore how to promote or provoke expression through the physical relationship between the body and surrounding environment to create wearable objects or intimate relationships between wearables and furniture. Students should identify a potential scenario for their concepts and prototypes. They will be encouraged to create narratives for their particular projects. They are asked to identify the aspect of 'storytelling' to enhance their objects/concepts. Can an object that is imbued with a store transcend the initial functionality and purpose? Students answer this and other design inquiries with their final prototypes. These prototypes can be wearable objects or emphasize the relationship between wearables and furniture.

    Estimated Materials Cost: %50.00 - %100.00

    Open to Apparel Design majors only; juniors and above.

    Also offered as IDISC-1535 for Furniture Design majors only; junior and above.

Spring 2020

  1. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of indepedndent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  2. Comprehensive Sustainability Thinking

    This research elective class will focus on the myriad opportunities for the sustainable practice of design. The somewhat humbling point of departure is the fact that many, if not all, of the problems we currently face are the direct result of previous "design solutions". There are numerous topics to cover under each of the following domains. Our aim is to expose students to meaningful comprehensive and anticipatory sustainability thinking. The focus of the class will be on the development of a comprehensive, operationally useful "sustainability lens" through which to evaluate design decisions as they are being made in hopes of avoiding the Law of Unintended Consequences on the front end, rather than seeking to simply design without regard for the potentially negative outcomes that require fixing on the back end.

    Material: The 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics, Material choice, material sourcing, life cycle analysis, the containment of entropy

    Economic: Full Spectrum Accounting. Bring all externalities back onto the balance sheet

    Life: Creating conditions conducive to life, Biomimetics: Learning from Nature not just about Nature. The preservation of biodiversity

    Social: How does your object contribute to the quality of life for maker and user and other organisms, as well? Appropriate human behavior in the biosphere

    Spiritual: An exploration of how students' work contributes to the "Great Work", embracing uncertainty and cultivating wonder

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

    Open to juniors and above.

  3. Design & Processes

    The junior studio expands and interprets the skills and concepts introduced in the sophomore studios. The primary focus of the semester is an experimentally based investigation of bending and forming techniques - molded plywood, bent lamination, steam bending, and vacuum-formed plastic. While focused on the use of wood and plastic materials, an experimental approach is expected in the studio. Students are encouraged to conceptually explore skills and materials to develop a personal design approach and studio practice. The semester culminates in a final design, in which students utilize learned techniques to create one-offs, objects intended for batch production or prototypes designed for production.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  4. Design For Production

    Long known as the "Beehive" of industry, Providence RI is one of the most diverse manufacturing hubs in the US. Although today's global market continues to absorb these resources, Providence has retained a highly skilled manufacturing center that is eager to work with the creative arts. This rare resource provides designers the unique ability to work locally with manufacturing re-sources from traditional lost wax casting to emerging manufacturing technologies such as laser cutting, multi-axis cnc, and rapid prototyping. Throughout the course we will visit manufacturing, marketing, and retail facilities to develop a working understanding of production processes and methods available to you and how best to effectively implement these resources into your work as a designer/artist. The studio course will conclude with each student presenting a finished production ready object in multiples along with supporting marketing materials. By approaching this class from a design, manufacturing, and marketing perspective students will acquire a practical knowledge of production strategies essential to the success of a designer today.

    Elective

    Permission of Instructor required.

  5. Drawing Furniture 3-d

    This course continues drawing and concept development techniques, sketching with three-dimensional models, mock-ups and prototypes. Working in several scales and levels of articulation, students will expand pre-visualization and detailing skills. Basics of 3-D computer simulation will also be introduced.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  6. Flexible Technology: Tension & Turning In Spindle-back Chair Design and Contruction

    Learn the theory of Windsor Chairs and how the use of wood in tension can create a chair like no other. This class will cover techniques necessary to the Windsor system of building while working through design decisions that will culminate in a completed chair. Students are encouraged to embrace process and parameters in a direct and hands-on manner. Through small projects, students will learn how to balance wood strength, aesthetics, joint strength and ergonomic considerations. These principles will be applied to a carefully considered, finished chair.

    Topics covered will include: selection of wood, turning, seat carving, complex radial layout, several types of joinery, and finish techniques.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00

    Elective; Furniture Design majors only.

    Open to juniors and above.

  7. Form In Metals

    In this junior studio students are presented with the idea of using metal to develop furniture forms. While the primary metal used to investigate form is mild steel, properties and techniques are also presented that apply to stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass and bronze. Students become proficient in TIG welding, and are introduced to arc welding, spot welding, gas welding, brazing and soldering. Basic structural properties of steel are investigated through a series of short projects designed to inform students of the appropriate forms and applications. Basic and more advanced fabrication techniques, metal surface treatments, as well as metal finishing are also topics of class demonstrations.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  8. Furniture Design Degree Project Seminar

    The goal of the spring semester Furniture Design Degree Project Seminar is to generate the Degree Project report that documents and reflects on the thematic body of work created during the spring semester. Faculty will evaluate the fall semester Senior Seminar writings. Students will calibrate Degree Project themes according to successes and failures from the fall projects. Students will conduct research that enhances depth of inquiry, cross reference historical and contemporary examples and theoretical writing. Faculty will review and edit the writings weekly. This process will culminate in the creation of the overall structure for the Senior Degree Project Report. This Senior Seminar course is dedicated to the development and realization of the written Degree Project including images of the students' body of work.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Graduate Furniture Design II

    This course explores advanced design processes and methods of construction. The evolution of a project through a complete design process is required including conceptual and design development phases.

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  10. Graduate Furniture Design Seminar

    The graduate seminar is a forum for discussion and research outside of the studio setting. Through a series of topical investigations, lectures and presentations, students will explore current design issues, professional practices, directions, and developments within the field, and other topics that will help to formulate the basis of the graduate thesis work.

    Graduate major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  11. Graduate Furniture Design Thesis

    This course culminates the completion of the thesis body of works and accompanying written document.

    Graduate major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  12. History Of Furniture

    This course is an introductory survey of the history of furniture. An emphasis is placed on developing a methodology for understanding historical context and transferable critical thinking through furniture. The fundamental methodology presents furniture design as an expression of interdependent relationships involving technology, identity and culture. The course will include lectures, sketching, writing, discussion and exams as well as learning from direct observation of objects including many in the RISD Museum.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Art History credit for Furniture Design majors.

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability and Permission of Instructor required.

    Restricted to Furniture Design majors in Spring semester.

  13. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  14. ISP Non-major Elective

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  15. Lighting Design

    Lighting design is an ever-growing category of furniture and product design, constantly evolving alongside technological advances in available lamp hardware. This hands-on course is an opportunity for students to explore the various types of lamp options, including incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and LED. Students are first provided with the technical skills and safety factors involved in creating and wiring a lamp, to adding more complicated items such as switches, dimmers, and hardware, and finally moving on to designing and creating a body of functional lighting pieces. We will cover various lamp typologies (sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, chandeliers, pendants, etc), as well as light as art through installation and sculpture. Students are encouraged to work in a variety of materials and scales, developing their designs from sketches, models, and renderings, to a fully realized object. Designs will evolve through in-class discussions, pin-ups, and critiques. This class will focus on the design and fabrication of lighting as an object in a space, rather than the lighting of a space.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00 - $100.00

    Lighting Kit Cost: $130.00

    Elective for majors and non-majors

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  16. Lightweight Structure

    Championed by utopian thinkers of the 20th century like Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto, the idea of "doing more with less" has become ingrained in the development of new building systems. Design for vehicles, extreme environments, and sports have pushed the field of lightweight structures along, creating a vast array of new materials and building techniques. This course will examine lightweight structures through the lens of material research and exploration. Emphasis will be placed on developing assembly systems that are integral to the particular materials being explored. Topics introduced in this course will include but not be limited to tensile structures, space frames, pneumatic structures, tensegrity, frozen fabrics and the various form finding strategies associated with each. This course will also examine the various ways that this topic can be approached through both physical and digital model making. Computer modeling experience is preferred, but not required.

    Open to juniors and above.

  17. Senior Degree Project

    Seniors will complete their final portfolio works in this studio. Seniors will design and execute a final degree project. The degree project will be individualized according to student interest.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.

  18. Sophomore Design/practice

    This sophomore studio expands basic principles of furniture design and material skills, exploring how the made objects interact with the human body. Intermediate skills will be demonstrated and practiced as students further explore materials and their applications in design.

    Major requirement; Furniture Design majors only.

    Registration by Furniture Design Department, course not available via web registration.