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Design Foundation – Building Technology
School of Applied Technology
Two semesters, beginning in September
Rosemary Dunning, program co-ordinator | 416.675.6622 ext. 4115 | email@example.com
Put your creative flair and your interest in visual arts into focus as you explore potential career options in Humber’s Design Foundation – Building Technology program. Train in several areas of professional design with a diverse curriculum that features courses in interior, graphic, packaging and industrial design.
Develop an understanding of the essential concepts and techniques of design through instruction in structural drawing, 2D and 3D design principles, colour theory, design drafting, technical communications and design calculations. Become adept at using relevant design software such as QuarkXPress, Illustrator, Photoshop and AutoCAD for a variety of design purposes.
Design Foundation – Building Technology is the perfect way to get a broad understanding of the nature of design work, develop your portfolio and to investigate the potential career opportunities in this diverse field. This program will help you lay the groundwork for further, more specialized design study in a diploma or degree program.
In Toronto’s vibrant creative sector, the demand for talented and skilled designers is strong – and Design Foundation – Building Technology will help you find your fit and choose a specialty.
Designers play a fundamental a role in almost every aspect of our modern world, influencing the development of products, the packages they come in, and the marketing materials used to promote them. We also rely on designers to plan buildings of all kinds, and to create inviting spaces within them.
Your generalized training in the many aspects of design will be an effective launching pad to more specialized design study that could lead to employment with advertising agencies, architectural firms, manufacturers and interior design companies.
Note: For more information visit Selection Procedures.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
Students must have the use of a 35mm camera/digital camera during the program.
Humber also offers the following programs: Design Foundation, Interior Decorating, Civil Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Applied Arts – Interior Design, and Bachelor of Applied Technology – Industrial Design. Graduates still need to apply for the programs listed above.
Successful completion of this program provides course credits toward the Architectural and Civil Engineering Technology programs at Humber, and prepares students to meet the admission requirements.
Qualified graduates of this program may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many other postsecondary institutions.
For detailed information, visit our website at humber.ca/transferguide.
The 2012/2013 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,609.78
– international $12,800.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2012/2013 academic year.
Fees are subject to change.
For more information visit Fees and Financial Assistance.
Approximately $500 for course materials and equipment.
View more examples of the great work of our Design Foundation students in the below gallery.
View more examples of the great work of our Design Foundation students in the below gallery.
|COMM 213||Technical Communications 1|
Technical Communications 1
Course Code: COMM 213
This course is designed to develop the writing skills that will be required for clear communication in technical documents. Students will learn write documents that are clear, accurate, and grammatically correct. Students will practice reading and writing skills that will be valuable in their college programs and build a strong base for professional technical and business writing. Those students who plan to further their studies will develop the fundamental skills for writing acceptable academic English. To help students reach these goals, the course covers the following: analytical reading and critical thinking; the organization and development of expository and persuasive essays; and the elements of clear writing, including grammar and punctuation skills. 3
|DGAS 100||2-Dimensional Design|
Course Code: DGAS 100
This is an introductory course in the fundamental concepts and elements used in two-dimensional design. The course deals with the tangible elements of design relating to composition, and the intangible, relating to the creative process. All projects embrace the sequential process of developing successful designs, including thumbnails and ideation, semi-comprehensive studies, and the final image.
|DGAS 101||3-Dimensional Design|
Course Code: DGAS 101
The course introduces students to the basic elements of three-dimensional design such as texture, material, form and model making. These are placed in context with such factors as emotional appeal, scale, unity and balance. Over the term, students are involved in projects that introduce the basic elements of form. They discover how these elements can be used to design and create objects that are both esthetically appealing and structurally sound, while meeting prescribed criteria.
|DGAS 103||Structural Drawing|
Course Code: DGAS 103
This course deals with the theory and practice of representing three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional surfaces. One, two, three, and multiple-point perspective theory are studied and applied to studio situations, with the major emphasis on two point perspective. The only instrument used is HB graphite. No erasers, set squares, rulers or straight edges are used to assist in the drawing process.
Course Code: DGAS 104
This course deals with the fundamentals of colour theory and practice. Students explore colour theory and terminology as well as the perceptual and psychological effects of colour through a series of investigative projects. Colour use in commercial applications is also explored.
|DGAS 107||Design Drafting|
Course Code: DGAS 107
This course covers the theory, as well as practical exercises, in basic manual technical drafting processes. Students are introduced to equipment use, professional lettering procedures, terminology and two-dimensional drawing practices.
|DGAS 205||Drawing Studio|
Course Code: DGAS 205
This course is a continuation and an amalgam of studies completed in the semester one subjects of Drafting, 2D Design, Structural Drawing, and Colour. Assignments are designed to allow students to discover the effects that various media choices can have on visual imagery, and to introduce students to the complex subject of visual composition in two dimensions.
|DGAS 207||Computer Applications|
Course Code: DGAS 207
Graphic materials for the advertising, graphic design and package design industries are almost entirely produced electronically, using the Macintosh computer. This course introduces students to the three most commonly used programs on the Macintosh platform (QuarkXpress, Illustrator and Photoshop) and how they integrate with each other in the electronic design and production process.
Choose four of the following courses:
|ARC. 103||Architectural CADD 1|
Architectural CADD 1
Course Code: ARC. 103
Architectural CADD 1 is the first in a series of four (4) courses that introduces the student to CADD (Computer-Aided Drafting and Design), and to personal computer principles and uses. The emphasis will be on CADD, using AutoCAD Software Version 2011 for Windows XP, with extensive hands-on experience in a computer lab. The course is presented in four modules, including prescribed learning activities.
|COMM 313||Technical Communications 2|
Technical Communications 2
Course Code: COMM 313
This course is designed to reinforce and expand on the skills students learned in Technical Communications 1. In Technical Communications 2, students will learn to design and write informal reports and a variety of other technical documents, using appropriate research, language, layout, and graphics.
|DGAS 201||Interior Design|
Course Code: DGAS 201
This is an introductory-level course focusing on the fundamental concepts and practices of the interior design profession. The skills and understanding gained in semester one will be further developed through practical application in projects that are directed towards human physical, visual, and psychological comfort.
|DGAS 202||Graphic Design|
Course Code: DGAS 202
This course is designed to make students aware of the diversity of conceptual and layout skills required in the graphic design and advertising professions. Students explore the function of the printed word as applied to advertising and packaging, and the role of design in the link between manufacturer and consumer. Current design and advertising styles are discussed relative to their historical influences.
|DGAS 203||Package Design|
Course Code: DGAS 203
This course is designed to make students aware of some of the materials used in the package design industry, and how varying shapes of containers play an important part in product marketing and sales. It also allows students to explore the role of graphic design in packaging.
|DGAS 204||Industrial Design|
Course Code: DGAS 204
This course introduces students to the profession of industrial design, what it encompasses and its role in manufacturing and marketing. Projects are presented using one of, or a combination of, three forms: developmental drawings and sketches; two-dimensional mixed media rendering; and scale models, which must be recorded as photographs.
|DMAT 100||Design Calculations|
Course Code: DMAT 100
This course covers the fundamentals of solid and analytical geometry, ratio, proportion, trigonometry and elementary statistics. The emphasis is on understanding applied concepts and estimates. This is a bridging course for the degree program in Industrial Design and must be successfully completed to continue in the program.
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