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Story: Sep 02, 2014

CIA ingenuity will be on display at arts and technology fest...

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CIA Exhibition: Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Story: Aug 27, 2014

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Events: Sep 05, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

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CIA Game Design majors Helen Su and Natilya Ratcliff spent the summer of 2014 interning at NASA's Glenn Research Center, where they worked on educational games ...

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

2014 grad to design whimsical playgrounds for Colorado compa...

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Events: Sep 06, 2014

Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Events: Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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Blog: Sep 02, 2014

9/4-7: The German Doctor, Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu & more!

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Story: Aug 11, 2014

Student-designed app teaches embryology, improves scores

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Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

Academics . Continuing Education + Community Outreach . Courses

Continuing Education + Community Outreach Courses

Issues in Design: Theory + Culture of Design

Course No. ACD 416  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gary D. Sampson

What exactly is the "culture" of design? Design writer Guy Julier recognizes a shift in the design profession from "a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary activity." This assertion will become our point of departure for exploring the interdisciplinary aspects of contemporary design practice and theory in relationship to the complexities of culture and society. We will move from conventional considerations of the history of modern and postmodern art and design, to a broader understanding of design with respect to globalization, consumerism, technological change, sustainability, and alternative trends such the "DIY" (i.e., Do-It-Yourself) movement. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

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Leslie McCombs

Leslie McCombs

Assistant Director of Continuing Education + Community Outreach

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