Environmental Design StudiesLynn Ewanow, Associate Dean
Maureen Herspring, Academic Advisor
All students in the first-year undergraduate programs of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design are enrolled in the Environmental Design Studies Program. In the first year, students are introduced to the knowledge, concepts, attitudes, methods, and skills common to the environmental design professions of architecture, interior architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. After successful completion of these course requirements students continue their studies in one of the professional curricula in the degree-granting departments.
Courses in the environmental design studies curriculum, which carry a DSFN designator, are offered for students in the design programs from two colleges, Architecture, Planning, and Design, and Human Ecology. The three DSFN-designated courses form part of a common foundation of the environmental design fields.
Participation in environmental design studies courses, together with a close working relationship with faculty and the academic advisor, helps students make informed career choices within, and sometimes outside, the fields of study represented.
Transfer students entering the Environmental Design Studies Program will be placed in the program according to the college-level work they have already completed.
Environmental design studies
DSFN 201 and 202. Environmental Design Studio I and II. (4 each). Foundation studies introducing principles, processes, and vocabularies of environmental design. Instruction in two and three dimensional visualization of objects and spaces. Instruction in the use of instrument-aided drawing, freehand drawing, and model building to represent and communicate design ideas at different scales of observation. Pr.: Admission to the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design, the College of Human Ecology, or permission of the dean of either college.
DSFN 203. Survey of the Design Professions. (1) I. Overview of the design professions. Comparative study of the working methods, and societal and occupational roles of the architect, interior architect, landscape architect, and planner.
ENVD 205. Graphics I. (2) I, II, S. Instruction in instrument-aided drawing as a basic tool for communicating information about environmental subjects. Four hours of studio a week.
ENVD 206. Graphics II. (2) I, II, S. Instruction in the principles and methods of perspective drawing. Perspective drawing is used as a basic tool for communicating information about design components and properties. Four hours of studio a week. Pr. ENVD 205.
ENVD 250 and 251. History of the Designed Environment I and II. (3 each) A chronological survey of the built and designed environment in the context of the socio- cultural, artistic, technological, economic, and political factors. Three hours lecture per week.
ENVD 250. History of the Designed Environment I. (3) I. The history of the designed environment from ancient times to the 12th century.
ENVD 299. Problems in Basic Design. (Var.) I, II, S. A study of specified problems in elementary environmental design under the guidance of a member of the staff. Pr.: Approval of associate dean.