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Designed Objects (Ages 15-18)

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: $3,480
This cost does not reflect any potential Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid the student may be awarded. Housing is an additional cost of $985. 



There are two registration options for this course. Call us at 312.629.6170 or email if you have any questions! We’re happy to help.

Option 1: Apply for aid/scholarships and pay a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.
Select this option if you would like to apply for merit scholarship and/or need-based financial aid. You will be prompted to answer follow up questions on the next few screens, and pay the $100 non-refundable tuition deposit at checkout. Once you have been notified of your potential award amounts, you will be required to pay your remaining balance online by our payment deadline.

Option 2: Pay in full now.
Select this option if you do not wish to apply for aid or scholarships and are ready to pay in full now for tuition, and housing fees (if requested). You will be prompted to answer follow up questions on the next few screens, and pay the full cost of tuition, and housing (if requested), at checkout. The full cost of the program tuition includes a $100 non-refundable tuition deposit.

The deadline to register is June 21 at 1 p.m. CT.

Registration for this course is closed.

Registration for this course is closed.

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Class meeting time 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room Sullivan Center Room 1242
Course number 1042
Course instructor Stephanie Surjan