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

Learning Outcomes and Assessments

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

  1. Demonstrate ability to identify, analyze, and solve design problems.
    Assessment: Portfolio projects and project research.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of design tools, techniques, and concepts in design.
    Assessment: Projects and portfolios that evidence craftsmanship and adherence to project parameters.
  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.
  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 planned to be feasibly reproducible by industrial means rather than by one-off or by hand.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and societal connections linking 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 business and market briefs for the project.