Introduction to Design Principles

First Semester

Students explore the definition and application of elements and principles of design in both living spaces and clothing and textiles. In this course, students will also evaluate the use of elements and principles and suggest improvements. Students are also exposed to career opportunities and the skills necessary for these career fields.

-Analyze effects of textile characteristics on design, construction, care, use, and maintenance of products.

Review and identify characteristics of natural fibers (example: cotton, wool, silk, linen, bamboo, hemp).

Review and identify characteristics of synthetic and/or manmade fibers (example: polyester, nylon, rayon, acrylic, acetate, spandex, Olefin, fiberglass).

Assess the characteristics of common fabrics.

Review and identify various types of fabric finishes (example: stain resistant, fire resistant, wrinkle resistant, waterproof).

-Critique use of appropriate textiles for a design project.

Compare fabrics for different purposes in apparel and interiors.

Examine and select textiles for their quality and appropriateness for use.

-Evaluate the use of elements and principles of design.

Illustrate the application of elements of design.

Illustrate the application of principles of design.

-Analyze the interactions between color and design.

Describe the relationship of the colors and the color wheel.

Apply knowledge of color to create color schemes.

Distinguish between basic and complex color schemes and color theory to develop and enhance visual effects.

Research the psychological and physiological effects of color.

-Analyze components of design for their effect on various products.

Explain how to use elements and principles of design for the best aesthetics.

-Utilize technology to design within the design industry.

Research technology used with the apparel industry.

Research technology used with the interior industry.

Use the appropriate technology tools for conveying information, solving problems and expediting workplace processes.

Use technology appropriately to effectively present information.

-Apply design knowledge, skills, processes, and oral, written, and visual presentation skills to communicate design ideas.

Prepare presentations to provide information for specific purposes and audiences.

Deliver presentations that sustain listeners' attention and interest.

-Analyze career paths within the design industry.

Explain the roles and functions of individuals engaged in design careers.

Summarize education, training, and credentialing requirements and opportunities for career pathways in design.

Analyze the role of professional organizations in design professions.

Analyze personal attitudes, traits, and values of design professionals with regard to responsibility, accountability, ethics, and effectiveness.