Color & Materials Design

Fall Semester - Year 1

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDITS
CMD601Color & Materials Studio I3
CMD605Color Lab3
CMD604Trend Research Methods3
DGR613Graduate Seminar3
CMD609Digital Visualization for Color and Materials Design 3
Studio Elective
TOTAL CREDITS:15

Winter Semester - Year 1

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDITS
CMD602Color & Materials Studio II6
CMD606Materials Lab3
DGR620Graduate Research Methods3
DGR721Professional Practice 13
Studio Elective
TOTAL CREDITS15

Fall Semester - Year 2

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDITS
CMD701Color & Materials Studio III3
DGR711Graduate Thesis I3
DGR631Written Thesis3
CMD607Applied Material and Processes3
TOTAL CREDITS: 15

Winter Semester - Year 2

COURSE NUMBERCOURSE TITLECREDITS
CMD702Color & Materials Studio IV3
DGR 712Graduate Thesis II3
DGR722Professional Practice II3
Studio Elective3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

First Year

Fall

Colors & Materials Studio I

Students are introduced to the role of color and materials design within the larger design process and learn how to use color and materials design to engage and connect with consumers and audiences, across a broad range of applications. Occasionally this course is in collaboration with other departments.

Color Lab

Color is relative. Our perceptions of color always depend on what colors abut or surround it. Students will engage in a series of explorations of the interaction of color to develop an understanding of the elusive behavior of color and how to most effectively employ it in any medium. Students will acquire the vocabulary needed to discuss how color is behaving in any
context and to challenge, understand, and express their own evolving color sensibility.

Trend Research Methods

The ability to understand how to research trends and integrate key insights and findings effectively into the design development process is vital to a color and materials designer’s ability to apply the appropriate emphasis to CMF strategies. Students learn how to translate trends into thoughtful and persuasive arguments that are viable in a business context.

Graduate Seminar 

Graduate Seminar aims to enable students to undertake rich and robust creative exploration that is informed by contextual and critical inquiry. Graduate Seminar serves to advance both the critical inquiry and critical writing skills of students, and enable the cross-referencing of theory to practice. Social, political, economic, and environmental themes will be used to inform weekly classes.

Digital Visualization for Color and Materials Design *

The course is an advanced digital visualizations course that will prepare students to be able to apply color, materials and finish concepts to a range of products and by doing so visualize their final concepts and produce compelling presentations at a professionally competent level that visually articulate the design intent.

* This 3-credit Color and Materials Design elective will be recommended for some students.

Studio Elective

Students will choose an elective course.

Winter

Color & Materials Studio II: 

In this course, students explore the role of color and materials in making emotional connections with customers and brands. Through research and making, students will research, ideate and develop relevant color and materials strategies for a product line. They will realize their ideas using both physical and digital tools.

Materials Lab

In Materials Lab students engage in a series of experiments that examine material properties in making and applications to product concepts . The course supports the student in developing and innovating ideas using both proven and non-traditional techniques.

Graduate Research Methods

The Graduate Research Methods course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to undertake a range of advanced research methodologies appropriate to contemporary creative practice and critical inquiry in art and design, from ethnography and interviews to phenomenology and critical performance. Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources students will learn to critically explore and evaluate art and design research practices.

Professional Practice 1 

Part A provides a cross-disciplinary overview of the arts and creative industries and their importance to GDP and the economy overall, i.e. the creative economy. Students will strengthen their understanding of the broader business of creativity and arena of culture in which they will operate professionally.
Part B allows students to make a plan to address gaps in their resume, prepare their portfolios, and refine their oral presentation.

Elective

Students will choose an elective course.

Second Year

Fall

Color & Materials Studio III

This course will allow students to learn a wide variety of methodologies for digital and hands-on making and to develop a deeper understanding of materials and its potential to be transformed through narrative and the design process. Students will engage in a wide range of material-specific design exercises that span trend research, ideation and research, creation of mood board and palettes, utilization of digital fabrication tools, execution of concepts, consideration of final application, engagement in collaboration and presentations. This course will focus on experimental material making via hybrid digital craft methodologies with emphasis on texture/pattern/finish development.

Graduate Thesis I

Thesis I is part one of a self-directed major project that will be the culmination of the graduate study experience. Students will synthesize external factors - such as technological, global, environmental issues and trends, then go on to translate them into a form that is meaningful and create relevant design solutions. Students will develop a body of well-documented iterative ideation, that will underpin thematically relevant creative outcomes in part two, evidencing practical impact and/or a critical provocation.

Written Thesis

The Written Thesis is a self-directed, academically rigorous and fully referenced 8000-10,000words document providing a critical appraisal of primary and secondary research sources, and theoretical discussion and debate on the overarching context of the Graduate Thesis.

Applied Materials & Processes

Color and materials designers working in an industry job, often have both color and materials design and color and materials development roles In this course, students will be introduced to color development, including test sample exercises and understanding industry standards for color and materials sign-off and approvals. Students will acquire a strong understanding of color measurement, visual color assessment, and color matching systems.

Winter

Color & Materials Studio IV

Today being material-minded is an integral part of the design process. Designers are required to understand how materials impact the design process from start to finish. Students will conduct in-depth research to explore the latest advances in materials, looking at current and future possibilities in industry and craft applications. How can material innovation influence design and making? The course encourages work that moves material innovation towards better and more sustainable solutions.

Graduate Thesis II

Thesis II is part two of a self-directed major project, a body of work that is the culmination of the graduate study experience. Following on from part one, students will resolve, realize, and present thematically relevant creative outcomes, evidencing practical impact and/or a critical provocation.

Professional Practice II

Professional Practice II builds on Professional Practice I, and runs in two concurrent modules, A and B. Part A is an in-depth exploration of the economic and socio-cultural value of the student’s own creative discipline. It examines the business practices of their professional discipline and how these operate alongside that of others. Part B allows students to further assess their own role and economic potential in the business of creativity, and advance their “hard” and “soft” skills.

Elective

Students will choose an elective course.

MFA Color & Materials Design Program Student Learning Outcomes (PLO)

The learning outcomes underlying the MFA in Color & Materials Design curriculum are:

Applied Principles and Practice: Apply forward-thinking color and materials design skills to a broad range of applications.
Independent Practice: Undertake independent research and demonstrate competency in its analysis and interpretation appropriate for the line of inquiry.
Material Innovation: Utilize advanced research and material-led idea generation to create relevant material concepts.
Trend Research: Interpret, translate, and anticipate trends and their potential to impact people, consumers, and their behaviors.
Critical Thinking: Develop a contextual understanding of relevant factors that inform innovation and evidence original thought, that result in creativity and the generation of ideas.