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Designed Objects

What function do objects serve in the world today? How are objects created or improved? This course introduces the ideas, skills, and methods used in the process of designing objects. Students study designers who explore the world looking for ways to solve everyday problems, such as Jose Gomez Marquez from M.I.T., who re-purposes toys to create medical devices for developing countries; or IDEO, a company that designed the Node Chair, a reconfigurable seat that complements the way students learn and the tools they use. Through methods such as drawing, modeling, and rapid prototyping, students learn how design decisions are made, with a focus on aesthetic, material, scale, sustainability, production, and cultural concerns. Hand drafting techniques, 3D modeling software (Rhino), laser cutting, 3D printing, and/or the Adobe Creative Suite may also be utilized for projects. Presentations from visiting designers and field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago's design wing and SAIC's technology resource centers will supplement the studio experience.

*NOTE: Basic drawing skills and computer experience required. Some 3D software modeling experience and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is helpful. SAIC provides computers with the appropriate software, but students are also encouraged to bring their own laptop with software such as the Adobe Creative Suite, digital camera, and/or tablet for after-studio hours and homework.

2.0 College Credits
Full Tuition Cost: $3,332  
This cost does not reflect any potential Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid the student may be awarded. Housing is an additional cost. 

Deposit: $100.00

In the event that your preferred class is full, please choose two alternative course choice options.

If all of your course choice options are full we will contact you.
Note: only one course can be taken per session. If you want to take more than one course, you may enroll in multiple sessions.
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Class meeting time 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room Sullivan Center 1406A
Course number 1015