Transportation Design

Transportation Design Curriculum

Freshman Year

First Semester = 15-16 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
SLP 007CCS First Year Experience1
DFN 101Foundation Drawing I3
DFN 132Model Making3
Choose One**DFN 1172D Design3
DFN 1183D Design
DTR 125Freshman Trans Design Studio I3
DET BY PATH*DEN 107Composition I3
DLE ---General Education Elective
Second Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DFN 112Drawing II: Visualization3
Choose One**DFN 1172D Design3
DFN 1183D Design
DFN 119Digital Techniques3
DTR 113Visual Communication I3
DTR 126Freshman Trans Design Studio II3
DEN 108Composition II3

Sophomore Year

Third Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DTR 201Visual Communication II3
DTR 221Design Theory I3
DTR 231Digital Modeling I3
DTR 232Sophomore Trans Design Studio3
DAH 200Western Art History/Visual Culture3
DFS 101Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study3
Fourth Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DTR 202Visual Communication III3
DTR 222Design Theory II: Mobility3
DTR 233Sophomore Trans Design Studio3
DTR 241Digital Modeling II3
DTR 257Human Factors3
ChooseDAH 201Visual Narration: Africa/America3
OneVisual Narration: Asia

Junior Year

Fifth Semester = 16.5 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
PlacedDTR 331Junior Interior Design Studio3
byDTR 333Junior Exterior Design Studio
DeptDTR 335Junior Mobility Design Studio
DTR 337Junior Vehicle Design Studio
ChooseDTR 302Visual Communication IV (Interior)1.5
OneVisual Communication IV (Exterior)
DTR 362Digital Modeling III3
DTR 304Portfolio & Presentation Design3
DTR 305Vehicle Systems & Packaging3
DEN 239Survey of World Literature3
Sixth Semester = 16.5 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
PlacedDTR 332Junior Interior Design Studio3
byDTR 334Junior Exterior Design Studio
DeptDTR 336Junior Mobility Design Studio
DTR 338Junior Vehicle Design Studio
DTR 371Materials & Manufacturing Processes3
DTR 303Visual Communication V1.5
ChooseDTR 461Digital Modeling IV (Visualization)3
OneDigital Modeling IV (A-class)
DAH 341History of Modern Design3
DAS 213Business Practices3

Senior Year

Seventh Semester = 12 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
PlacedDTR 431Senior Interior Design Studio3
byDTR 433Senior Exterior Design Studio
DeptDTR 435Senior Mobility Design Studio
DTR 437Senior Vehicle Design Studio
ChooseDAH** ---Art History 3
OneDVC** ---Visual Culture Elective
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
D-- ---Elective 3
Eighth Semester = 12 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
PlacedDTR 432Senior Interior Design Studio3
byDTR 434Senior Exterior Design Studio
DeptDTR 436Senior Mobility Design Studio
DTR 438Senior Vehicle Design Studio
DNS 300Natural Science3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3

*DEN 107 is placed as a Gen Ed elective. English path is determined by High School English scores or the English Placement Exercise (EPE).

**Students should alternate DFN 117 and DFN 118 between the Fall/Winter semesters

**DAH/DVC must be taken at the 200 level or higher

Catalog Year 20/21 Total Credits      126-127
Total credits: 127:   First Year Experience=1;   Foundations=18;   Major=66;   Gen ED=39;  Elective=3

Transportation Design Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon graduation, students in the BFA Transportation Design program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to create and illustrate their own vision of aesthetically sensitive and original transportation design concepts in a clear and compelling way, then compile this work into a professional level portfolio for use in gaining internships and employment upon graduation.
  2. Translate their 2D idea sketches into 3D physical and digital models with a high degree of craftsmanship, and demonstrate the capacity to present their work in a professional manner.
  3. Research and identify emerging cultural and technical trends, and integrate them into designs that anticipate future human needs and experiences.
  4. Demonstrate competence in their application of technical manufacturing and ergonomic criteria in their designs, as well as the business considerations needed to bring their ideas to reality in the market place.
  5. Demonstrate that they have given in depth consideration to how the human user will interact with and use their designs.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork through appropriate research, brainstorming methods, design/concept execution and professional conduct.
  7. Incorporate consideration of the ecological, environmental and social impact of their design proposals in support of local and global sustainability.