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Industrial Design Courses

3D Modeling 1.1

Course No. IND 303  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert

This course focuses on introducing students to 3D digital modeling for the industrial design profession. It employs a surface modeling approach using Autodesk Alias software to create multiple class-driven projects. Study consists of a lecture demo format in a computer lab environment. In-class work will emphasize key modeling concepts and will be supplemented with student-driven projects intended to develop practical application strategies and skills. Junior standing is required for registration of this class. Offered fall.

3D Modeling 1.2

Course No. IND 304  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert
Prerequisite(s) 3D Modeling 1.1

This course is a continuation of the fall 3D Modeling (IND 303) course with an emphasis on an expanded knowledge of surface modeling techniques. An emphasis will be placed on surface continuity and transition, in addition to exploration of organic forms. Students will acquaint themselves with the process of preparing and exporting files for output. Rapid prototyping will be introduced with and opportunity to create physical parts using an on-site three-dimensional printer. Additional methods and resources for rapid prototyping will also be introduced. Prerequisite: 3D Modeling 1.1. Offered spring.

3D Modeling 2.1

Course No. IND 403  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert
Prerequisite(s) 3D Modeling 1.2

This advanced digital modeling course offers the option to continue with surface modeling using Autodesk ALIAS Automotive (for automotive design) or Solid Works for those interested in gaining exposure to solid modeling (for product design). The ALIAS option will include advanced methods for exterior surfacing, while the Solid Works option will focus on the user interface and basic solid modeling procedures. Prerequisite: 3D Modeling 1.2. Offered fall.

3D Modeling 2.2

Course No. IND 404  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) 3D Modeling 2.1

This is a continuation of the fall 3D Modeling course (IND403) with an option to continue Autodesk ALIAS Automotive (for automotive design) or Solid Works (for product design). The Autodesk ALIAS Automotive option will focus on advanced rendering techniques for automotive design presentations, including Key Shot animation and rendering procedures. Projects will culminate in fully modeled exterior or interior design presented as a finished animation of student’s own design. The Solid Works option will focus on surface modeling techniques and the differences and advantages of combining solids with surface modeling techniques. Areas of study will include surfacing tools loft and boundary and continuity options for curvature and 3D sketching. Advanced rendering techniques will be explored. Prerequisite: 3D Modeling 2.1. Offers spring.

3D Modeling for Transportation 1.1

Course No. IND 454T  Credits: 3.0
Faculty D. Ed Covert

This course is the first in a two-course sequence focused on 3D Modeling for transportation design. It is essential for transportation designs students to develop and translate 2D design concepts into accurate 3D models. This course is intended to provide a foundation in 3D modeling specific to the transportation industry. Students will learn the basic modeling strategies and techniques focused on vehicle interiors. Studio lab time will include lectures, demos, in-class exercises, outside projects and one-on-one instruction. Required of senior Transportation Track students. Offered fall.

3D Modeling for Transportation 1.2

Course No. IND 455T  Credits: 3.0

This course is the second in a two-course sequence focused on 3D Modeling for transportation design. Instruction is focused on advanced 3D modeling specific to the transportation industry. Students will learn modeling strategies and techniques focused on vehicle exteriors. Studio lab time will include lectures, demos, in-class exercises, outside projects and one-on-one instruction. Required of senior Transportation Track students. Offered spring.

Advanced Automotive Design Language 2.1

Course No. IND 452T  Credits: 3.0

This course focuses on advanced vehicle design language development with an emphasis on the translation of in-depth brand language and trend research into form and detail development. A semester-long project will run concurrently with the Transportation Design course. The course will focus on the refinement of compelling visual languages, the development of brand literacy and the resolution of high quality form and details based on exterior and interior functional elements. Class and studio time will include lectures, demos, formal reviews, verbal/visual presentations, sketching and rendering. Offered fall.

Advanced Automotive Design Language 2.2

Course No. IND 453T  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Haishan Deng

This course is a continuation of Fall Advanced Automotive Design Language. A semester-long project will run concurrently with the Transportation Design course, allowing individuals to work with faculty to systematically design a concept vehicle from basic structure/vehicle architecture, through form development and color/material selection. Students are expected to design a vehicle exterior and interior based on meaningful research. The design should have a strong theme reflecting user emotional and functional needs, brand heritage, a unique body construction base on purpose, refined surface/detail treatment and appropriate color/material choices. Class and studio time will include lectures, demos, formal reviews, verbal/visual presentations, sketching and rendering. Offered spring.

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