SASD Design Programs

SASD is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the governing body of undergraduate and graduate art and design schools.

 

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Learning Outcomes

SASD promotes student learning and performance through various means designed to maximize students’ skills, knowledge base, and production abilities. Graphic Design, Industrial Design, and Interior Design utilize the following in pursuit of these objectives.

Graphic Design Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to identify, analyze, and solve graphic design problems. 

    Assessment: Portfolio projects appropriately respond to project briefs, and are clear, focused, expressive, and communicative solutions to the stated problems.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of design tools, techniques, and concepts in graphic design.
    Assessment: Projects and portfolios that evidence craftsmanship, adherence to project parameters, and appropriate selection of typefaces, images, composition, and implementation.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics of form development and of the history and current state of design. 

    Assessment: Projects, papers, and presentations for art and design history courses; in studio courses, projects that appropriately reference historical precedents and stylistic movements in graphic design.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in selection and use of relevant technologies in design. Abilities to use available technical and industrial processes to produce a design product, and to design and implement such a process. 

    Assessment: Project and portfolio materials are made with the appropriate technology or software for the final application. Projects are planned to be feasibly reproducible by industrial/commercial means rather than by one-off or by hand.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and societal connections linking graphic design trends and processes as well as a knowledge of business practices and of the market place. 

    Assessment: Projects and portfolio solutions that are culturally- and audience-appropriate for the problem as posed by the brief for the project
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in presenting their own work as well as discussing and constructively critiquing the work of others.
    Assessment: Active participation in class critiques; clear, thoughtful presentation of students’ own projects, ability to give, accept, and incorporate feedback.

Industrial Design Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to identify, analyze, and solve industrial design problems.
    
Assessment: Portfolio projects appropriately respond to project briefs, and are clear, focused, expressive, and communicative solutions to the stated problems.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of design tools, techniques, and concepts in industrial design.
    Assessment: Projects and portfolios that evidence craftsmanship, adherence to project parameters, and appropriate selection of materials, manufacturing techniques, and implementation.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the aesthetics of form development and of the history and current state of design. 

    Assessment: Projects, papers, and presentations for art and design history courses; in studio courses, projects that appropriately reference historical precedents and stylistic movements in industrial design.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in selection and use of relevant technologies in design. Abilities to use available technical and industrial processes to produce a design product, and to design and implement such a process. 

    Assessment: Project and portfolio solutions are made with the appropriate technology or software for the final application. Projects are planned to be feasibly reproducible by industrial/commercial means rather than by one-off or by hand.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and societal connections linking industrial design trends and processes as well as a knowledge of business practices and of the market place. 

    Assessment: Projects and portfolio solutions that are culturally- and audience-appropriate for the problem as posed by the brief for the project
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in presenting their own work as well as discussing and constructively critiquing the work of others.
    Assessment: Active participation in class critiques; clear, thoughtful presentation of students’ own projects, ability to give, accept, and incorporate feedback.

Interior Design Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ability to identify, analyze, conceptualize and solve interior design problems.
    Assessment: Studio portfolio projects appropriately respond to project criteria, and have clear, focused, expressive and communicative solutions to the stated problems. Apply learned design principles to solve the problem. Communicate solutions through 2D and 3D drawings, color theory and proper specifications of materials.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of design techniques and concepts in interior design.
    Assessment: Projects within portfolios that show evidence of attention to detail, adherence to project-initial concepts throughout the process, and close attention that the initially presented concept matches the outcome. Projects show appropriate selection and implementation of materials, finishes, furniture, and fabrics.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of aesthetics and scale related to interior space, and of the history and current state of design in the world.
    Assessment: Projects, papers and presentations for art and history course work. In studio courses, projects that appropriately reference historical precedents and stylistic movements in interior design, bringing forward current thoughts in interior design with reference to the past. Through portfolio projects show working knowledge of scale though appropriate furniture and lighting specifications.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in selection and use of relevant technologies in design and in using available technologies to produce a design presentation.
    Assessment: Drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, rendered perspectives, and models made with the appropriate technology or software for the final presentation.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and societal connections linking interior design trends and processes as well as a knowledge of business practices and of the market place.
    Assessment: Project solutions that are culturally and audience appropriate for the problem as posed by the criteria for the project. Awareness of the current marketplace based on materials and mechanicals specified for studio projects, projects for Business practices course work.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in presenting their own work as well as discussing and constructively critiquing the work of others.
    Assessment: Presenting ones work with confidence and a working knowledge of the criteria and materials presented, active participant in class critiques; clear, thoughtful and honest ability to give, accept and incorporate feedback.