Studio in Design

2501117 Studio in Design

This course challenges students to understand and apply the principles of design via a sequence of exercises that explore the progression of two- and three-dimensional forms and the creative possibilities of transformation between the two conditions. In considering issues relating to form and structure, students will be asked to incorporate research and insights that touch upon issues of scale, site specificities, distinct material profiles, and the science of structural integrity.

A foundation in two-dimensional design introduces the course. Instruction will focus on composition, framing key and supporting elements within an image, and color theory.

The conversion of two-dimensional products into three dimensions is this exercise’s primary objective. Students will create reliefs of objects or systems chosen from the natural world, i.e. leaves, and experiment with translating them into standalone paper models of varying degrees of translucence.

This objective of this exercise is the development of three-dimensional forms from horizontal planes of same proportions but of different sizes. The concepts of balance, symmetry, rhythm, proportion and unity and its formal expression will be investigated.

Clay is the central medium of this exercise, which challenges students to design solid forms with conceptual origins in an animate object or system occurring in the natural world. Students select an object or system and further identify a quality, to be encapsulated in one term, that best defines that object or system (i.e. strong, sharp, soft). Fashioned from clay, the objects must communicate the essence of the guiding term.

This exercise highlights the envelope or skin of three-dimensional objects. Students will construct a papier mâche structure of paper and wireframe that communicates the essence of an animate object or system as in the previous exercise, Massing.

Students will develop a three-dimensional volume from uniting two materials: one that expresses the qualities of compression, such as wood, and one that embodies expansion, such as rope. The resultant freestanding structure must bear a weight of no less than 1kg with integrity.