Classes

Credits

3D Digital 4

3

This course is an overview of 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, composition, depth, detailing, color, rendering and printing. Students learn fundamental 3D modeling skills towards understanding automotive surfaces, lighting principles for defining shape and space, integrating the 3D workflow into the design process and creating compelling presentations that highlight the story and essence of the design concept.

Course number: TRAN-241
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-201, Transportation Studio 3A

3D Digital 5

3

Using Advanced Alias as a starting point, the course includes Bunkspeed HyperShot/HyperDrive + RTT DeltaGen for rendering, Autodesk Maya for animating, and Adobe AfterEffects for creating video presentations for final presentations. This class concentrates on Alias modeling techniques as used in the transportation design industry, in particular automotive interiors and exteriors surfacing. Demonstrations will outline build techniques and structuring models for later rendering and animation work.

Course number: TRAN-341
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-241, 3D Digital 4

3D Fundamentals 1

3

3D Fundamentals 1 IDF-103 (3 hours per week, 14 weeks) Introduction to the Art Center Technical Skills model shop and 3 dimensional design development (model making). Instruction includes shop safety, types of materials, power equipment and hand tool usage, fabrication skills, mold making, casting, detailing and finishing. While creative solutions are always valued at Art Center this class emphasizes hand skills, proper and safe process and accuracy.

Course number: IDFN-102
Prerequisite: n/a

3D Fundamentals 2

3

3D Fundamentals 2 Based on the foundation knowledge from 3D Fundamentals-1, you will experience design and fabrication projects using stock materials and standard shop methods. Fabrication planning and time management skills will be reinforced for your successful completion of this course. An introduction to the industrial clay medium and techniques will provide you with a basic knowledge of the clay model making process and a foundation to create and develop clay models of your designs. This course will explore basic principals of form development while reinforcing your understanding of 2D to 3D design translation, presented in a finished, painted hard model.

Course number: IDFN-152
Prerequisite: Take IDFN-102, 3D Fundamentals 1

3rd Term Review

0

This course is required for 3rd term Transportation Design students. Student work is evaluated by the department chair and faculty to determine if the student is ready to continue moving forward in their studies.

Course number: TRAN-200
Prerequisite: TRAN-201 Transportation Studio 3A IDFN-161 Design Process 2

5th Term Review

0

This course is required for 5th term Transportation Design students. Student work is evaluated by the department chair and faculty to determine if the student is ready to continue moving forward in their studies.

Course number: TRAN-300
Prerequisite: TRAN-251 Transportation Studio 4A TRAN-301, Transportation Studio 5A or TRAN-302, Transportation Studio 5B

7th Term Review

0

This course is required for 7th term Transportation Design students. Student work is evaluated by the department chair and faculty to determine if the student is ready to continue moving forward in their studies.

Course number: TRAN-400
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-353, Transportation Design 6 Take TRAN-404, Auto Product Planning

Auto Product Planning

3

The purpose of this class is to better prepare students for careers in automotive design by exposing them to the basic marketing and product planning principals used to define and justify future automotive concepts.

Course number: TRAN-404
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-353/TRN-341 Transportation Design 6 Take TRAN-400, 7th Term Review

Design Process 1

3

This class will prepare students to think about, analyze, and then to describe three-dimensional form and space. Students will be required to observe and discuss the many diverse categories of form and space. In coordination with their Viscom classes, students will practice describing and conceptualizing various forms and spaces through two-dimensional representation.

Course number: IDFN-111
Prerequisite: n/a

Design Process 2

3

This class serves as the foundation of your industrial Design career at Art Center and your future careers in the industry 150 regardless of your specific major. We will be focusing on the PROCESS of creating meaningful products and will produce a design package for a handheld SPOTLIGHT that will fit a specific interior automotive environment and target market. The processes and techniques that you learn in this class ill apply to the Industrial Design project that you will have in the future 150 whether you are designing products, vehicles, environments, information, systems, or strategy.

Course number: IDFN-161
Prerequisite: Take IDFN-111, Design Process 1

DiDi Chuxing Sponsored Proj.

3

Develop a Level-4 autonomous shared mobility solution based on a specific user scenario.

Course number: TDS-396
Prerequisite: n/a

Experimental Process & Form

Are you getting the sense that recent car designs are lacking originality and that even the sketches are starting to all look the same? If so, come join us on a journey pursuing a discovery of new techniques, fresh styles and creative process' in automotive concept and design development in both 2D and 3D. Sign up for this fun studio lab focused on seeking out beauty and experimental creativity. Free yourself from the fear of failure and find your own, unique flair. Push your talent and challenge the limits of your skills.

Course number: TRAN-342
Prerequisite: n/a

FCA Sponsored Project

3

What does Electrification and Autonomy mean for Jeep? The Future of Electrification and Autonomy offer some unique challenges for the Automotive Industry and the Jeep brand is ready to embrace these new opportunities. How will Jeep position itself in this future?

Course number: TDS-453
Prerequisite: n/a

Inside Out

3

The focus of this advanced level studio is on human-centric aspect of Automotive design, including experiential perspectives of diverse usage scenarios and mobility eco-system. This course will examine all legacy practice of traditional methodology that exists in transportation design, and infuse essential requirements of future automotive and post-automotive design topics such as autonomous levels, user interface, automation of services and aesthetics, bringing all pre-requisite coursework fundamentals and propelling them to innovative and relevant advanced product concepts.

Course number: TRAN-345
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-302, Transportation Studio 5B

Intermediate Marine Design

3

This course builds upon skills and knowledge gained from the pre-requisite Introduction to Marine Design class. Each student, through the work on his/her own project and the reviews of the works of others, will gain enough experience to decide whether a future career in this field would be a smart decision. Final results should result in solid internship portfolio material. Instructors will lecture on the following topics, each at a more sophisticated level than the pre-requisite Introduction to Marine Design class: History and types of boats, markets for boats, trends in boat design, hull lines and lofting, rules and regulations, weights and balance, criteria for good boats, materials and processes, propulsion, interiors, layouts, ergonomics. Students will be expected to create several boat design proposals, which will be narrowed down and refined with instructor mentoring for a final design presentation at the end of the term.

Course number: TRAN-232
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-231, Intro to Marine Design

Intro to Automotive CMF

3

This course is an introduction transportation design class with focus on teaching the basic stages for an Automotive CMF design presentation. Students will create (3)CMF Colorways/Concepts based on a buyer, brand and interior design by going through the process of user research, concept development and CMF investigation. The final presentation consists of (3) high quality CG renderings with many angles, final colorways per grade and materials applied with buyer profile, mood/color/material boards for each colorway per grade and a bound CMF Workbook (tech drawings). Prerequisite: Transportation Studio 3B (TRAN-202) and/or CMF Design (PRD-211)

Course number: TRAN-411
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-202, Transportation Studio 3B OR PRD-211, CMF Design

Intro to Marine Design

3

This introduction to marine design class will give students an overview of industrial design as it applies to watercraft, specifically boats. Guest lecturers with expertise designing yachts, sport boats and other types of watercraft will be actively involved with the class. In addition to weekly design assignments, students will be assigned a final boat design project.

Course number: TRAN-231
Prerequisite: n/a

Kia Motors Sponsored Project

3

In this class, students will distill the most unique characteristics of the Kia brand and craft a story and aspirational brand vision through a touchpoint relevant for the future. Students will select a future mobility topic such as AI, Connectivity, Autonomous Driving and craft a story and visualization of a concept that only Kia could produce. Description to follow.

Course number: TDS-395
Prerequisite: n/a

Portfolio and Presentation

3

In this course students will learn about preparing a professional level portfolio and be coached in presentation skills. These skills will then be applied as the students submit their portfolios and apply for internships, scholarship review, 5th term review, and other opportunities. Topics covered: the practice of keeping a continually updated portfolio; key components of a professional portfolio; print and digital formats (websites, Behance, etc.); interview and presentation practice Projects will include creation of a print and digital portfolio and a personal website. Open elective.

Course number: TRAN-326
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-251,Transportation Studio 4A

Senior Studio

1

This 1-credit course provides students the opportunity to get input on various personal projects from the department chair and faculty.

Course number: TRAN-480
Prerequisite: n/a

Studio Independent Study

1

Course number: TRAN-395
Prerequisite: Must be 5th term or higher

Study Models (TRN)

3

This course serves as a foundation to provide students with the skills and abilities to quickly translate two dimensional (2-D) image concepts into three dimensional (3-D) physical study model concepts. The model exercises will focus on the disciplines of Transportation, Product and Entertainment Design. The class will focus on the use of basic tools, materials and various construction techniques that will allow them to manifest several examples of study models at various levels of difficulty. The "Art Center Standard" of model craftsmanship will be established in this course.

Course number: IDFN-122
Prerequisite: n/a

Transportation Design 6

3

This studio course is the home for sponsored projects focused on transportation design. Working with the faculty and representatives from the sponsoring companies, students will begin with a design brief, conduct in-depth research, ideation, and conclude with a design solution that is represented in 2-dimensional artwork, a digital model and/or physical model. The nature of the design brief will change from term to term, dependent upon the desires of the sponsoring company.

Course number: TRAN-353
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-300, 5th Term Review and TRAN-301, Transportation Studio 5A or TRAN-302, Transportation Studio 5B

Transportation Design 7

3

In this senior level studio course, students will continue to build upon the skills and concepts developed in earlier studio courses. Under the guidance and direction of senior faculty, students will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored projects and also pursue independent projects. Students will be responsible for developing a design brief and proposal defining the type of project to be worked on for the term. The course is focused on either exterior or interior design. Vehicle types can cover all modes of transportation, ranging from mainstream automotive all the way out to new categories of vehicle types with specific usage modes. The project flow begins with the design brief, research phase, ideation of several different directions. At mid-term, there is a single design directions selected and then fully rendered for final approval. After approval of the 2D process, it is followed by the development of a 3D model.

Course number: TRAN-403
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-353/TRN-341, Transportation Design 6

Transportation Studio 3A

3

This course will provide students with an expanded introduction to the transportation design field through an engagement of the basic design processes universally implemented throughout the automotive industry. Students will come to understand the process of concept development: from concept creation to sketch exploration to design refinement and final proposal; schedule/timeline implications to final presentation, concept clarification and craftsmanship; reason and purpose behind inspiration image: image history + technology; image dissection; and translation to concept. They will also understand basic design criteria: brand image + buyer to concept; human relation to package + vehicle architecture; 2D fundamentals: sketch + rendering; perspective; light source; basic reflection + color shift; and presentation layout: brand, buyer/user, concept, package, ideation, styling refinements and final design

Course number: TRAN-201
Prerequisite: TRAN-200, 3rd Term Review IDFN-161 Design Process 2

Transportation Studio 3B

3

This course covers the basics of automotive interior design. Students will come to understand the interaction between customer, concept, and design (packages, interior and exterior); basics of automotive interior design - function, styling, color and materials; research of target customer and brand; and organize the research and design proposal into a high-quality visual and oral presentation.

Course number: TRAN-202
Prerequisite: TRAN-201, Transportation Studio 3A IDFN-161 Design Process 2

Transportation Studio 4A

3

This course will challenge the students' imagination and abilities to propose a future scenario depicting an evolution of vehicular design that addresses their projected user needs in a future timeframe. Focus will be placed on storytelling, concept investigation and legitimate design development. Students will build a 1/5th scale model using industrial modeling clay, tools and techniques. The physical model will be the subject for learning ergonomics, design theory and concept development resulting in a finished, painted presentation model with related 2D support work. This is a studio course where professional standards are reinforced. The class is supported with a mandatory weekly clay modeling workshop.

Course number: TRAN-251
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-251L, Transportation Studio 4A Lab TRAN-252, Transportation Studio 4B TRAN-200 3rd Term Review TRAN-201 Transportation Studio 3A HWRI-101, Writing Studio: Intensive or HWRI-102, Writing Studio

Transportation Studio 4A Lab

0

This hands-on lab accompanies the Auto 4: Exterior class and provides students with instruction by professional modelers on building clay models for their automotive designs. Tools and techniques for carving clay and foam will be discussed and students will receive individual assistance with their models. Students will gain competency in model making that they can then apply in future studio courses.

Course number: TRAN-251L
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-251, Transportation Studio 4A

Transportation Studio 4B

3

This course builds on the basics of automotive interior design already established and goes further into story development put towards designing end-user experience. Students will be divided into teams for the overall 'big picture' story development and individually provide their own slice of the concept design.

Course number: TRAN-252
Prerequisite: TRAN-202, Transportation Studio 3B TRAN-251 Transportation Studio 4A HWRI-101, Writing Studio: Intensive or HWRI-102, Writing Studio

Transportation Studio 5A

3

This course builds upon the skills and concepts developed in Transportation Studio 4A. Focus will be placed on storytelling, concept investigation and legitimate design development. Students will build a 1/5th scale model using industrial modeling clay, tools and techniques. The physical model will be the subject for learning ergonomics, design theory and concept development resulting in a finished, painted presentation model with related 2D support work. This is a studio course where professional standards are reinforced.

Course number: TRAN-301
Prerequisite: TRAN-300 5th Term Review TRAN-251 Transportation Studio 4A

Transportation Studio 5B

3

This course focuses on portfolio development and refining skills needed to successfully secure internship opportunities. Students will learn the process of creating a portfolio in printed and digital formats, utilizing web sites, and establishing a dynamic portfolio that continually represents the best of their strengths and accomplishments.

Course number: TRAN-302
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-252, Transportation Studio 4B

Transportation Studio 8A

3

This combined senior studio (8A and 8B) is project oriented and requires the creative application of all learned skills in order to present a professional level result to the transportation industry that reflects positively on the student and the college. Students will apply all accumulated learned skills to insure this project result will be the priority project and personal best, setting high personal expectations and a clear project problem to solve. A quality presentation of design research, process & a 3-D proof of concept are required for the final. For graduating students, this will be the highest order of achievement reached prior to entry into the professional ranks.

Course number: TRAN-451
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-400, 7th Term Review Take TRAN-452, Transportation Studio 8B

Transportation Studio 8B

3

This combined senior studio (8A and 8B) is project oriented and requires the creative application of all learned skills in order to present a professional level result to the transportation industry that reflects positively on the student and the college. Students will apply all accumulated learned skills to insure this project result will be the priority project and personal best, setting high personal expectations and a clear project problem to solve. A quality presentation of design research, process & a 3-D proof of concept are required for the final. For graduating students, this will be the highest order of achievement reached prior to entry into the professional ranks.

Course number: TRAN-452
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-451, Transportation Studio 8A Take TRAN-400, 7th Term Review

Vehicle Architecture

2

This course is about the architecture of diverse forms of vehicles, with emphasis on automobiles. Topics include dimensions, human packaging, general layout of components, structure and proportions. H-Point is used as the text for the course.

Course number: TRAN-212
Prerequisite: Take IDFN-161; Design Process 2

Vehicle Technology 3

2

This course introduces students to the fundamental components and systems of the automobile, including such areas as engine and powertrain, wheels, color and trim, fuels and emissions, lighting, engineering and manufacturing fundamentals. Course lectures are augmented with field trips to local manufacturing facilities.

Course number: TRAN-211
Prerequisite: n/a

Vehicle Technology 4

2

This course will introduce students to the various means of fabricating automotive components, covering such processes as thermoforming, fiberglass and machining.

Course number: TRAN-261
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-211, Vehicle Technology 3

Viscom Fundamentals 1

3

This course emphasizes methods of illustrating design concepts clearly and correctly, and of describing them to others in the same manner. Extensive and indispensable information is presented on techniques, correct usage of required tools, and how appropriate sketches and renderings can greatly enhance the communication levels in realistic working design environments, formal presentation, and interactions with modeling teams.

Course number: IDFN-101
Prerequisite: n/a

Viscom Fundamentals 2

3

Following Viscomm Fundamentals 1, this course emphasizes methods of illustrating design concepts clearly and correctly, and of describing them to others in the same manner. Extensive and indispensable information is presented on techniques, correct usage of required tools, and how appropriate sketches and renderings can greatly enhance the communication levels in realistic working design environments, formal presentation, and interactions with modeling teams.

Course number: IDFN-151
Prerequisite: Take IDFN-101, Viscomm Fundamentals 1

Viscomm Fundamentals 3

3

The class deals with the various levels of sketching from quick ideation to more finished colored sketch renderings. The emphasis is on not only coming up with new ideas and concepts but introduces new techniques and media. The student is given detailed assignments to help them improve their visual techniques. There is also a lot of emphasis placed on getting them to express their ideas verbally as well during the critiques and working in class.

Course number: TRAN-221
Prerequisite: Take IDFN-151, Viscom Fundamentals 2

Viscomm Fundamentals 4

3

This course focuses on descriptive automotive sketching while drawing with line economy, sketch composition, color and contrast. This course brings together all the skills and media from the foundation Viscom classes and then applies them to the skill of design visualization. Particular emphasis is placed on color renderings with vellum and markers.

Course number: TRAN-271
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-221, Viscomm Fundamentals 3

Viscomm Fundamentals 5

3

This course focuses on the development of sophisticated rendering techniques that utilize fundamentals taught in previous terms. Emphasis is on the portrayal of vehicles and automobiles in their natural environment. Work includes ideation sketches with vellum and marker, canson sketch renderings and work with Photoshop.

Course number: TRAN-321
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-271, Viscomm Fundamentals 4

Viscomm Fundamentals 6

3

This course focuses on the development of sophisticated rendering techniques that utilize fundamentals taught in previous terms. The emphasis of this course is use of 100% digital medium/tools for ideation sketch development, renderings and final presentation material. The subject matter is focused on exterior and interior designs in the form of three mini-projects as rendering exercises. Transportation subject matter can overlap projects in concurrent class designs.

Course number: TRAN-371
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-321; Viscomm Fundamentals 5

Viscomm Fundamentals 7

3

The focus of this advanced level workshop is on creating a range of 2-D images, from concept sketches to presentation quality renderings, using various media. This course brings together the concepts and skills learned during the previous six courses of Viscom Fundamentals. The main objective of this class is on producing highly communicative and informative images and formats pertaining to individual design proposals. However, it will include any subject matter and/or techniques deemed beneficial.

Course number: TRAN-421
Prerequisite: Take TRAN-371, Viscomm Fundamentals 6

Viscomm Workshop

0

Viscomm Workshop is a periodic workshop for Transportation Design students seeking individualized assistance with their Viscomm Fundamentals courses. Taught by faculty in Transportation Design, this workshop is open to all students in the department and is offered as needed.

Course number: TRAN-001
Prerequisite: n/a

Way Things Work (IXD,TRN)

3

It is important for I.D. students to have an intuitive understanding of how products function in various ways in order that design solutions be intelligent. For this class each student is required to select a product which is then taken apart,the constituents analyzed,information recorded, and then it is reassembled. The wide range of products examined provides useful information and understanding of things from motors to materials. Deliverables consist of a notebook of research material, sketches and notes of the process plus one large exploded view drawing of the product that was examined. Making Things Work It is one thing to have an idea and it is quite another to make it work. Students in this class are assigned a goal, governed by a set of rules, that require building a device to accomplish it. Deliverables are a built thing and a notebook of sketches Illustrating the thought process.

Course number: IDFN-132
Prerequisite: n/a

Yacht & Boat Design Wrkshp Adv

The third level course in the marine design series will emphasize the application of real world design constraints to students' conceptual work. The goals are to mature and refine students' design work and prepare the students for the challenges they will face in dealing with the rigors of real world marine design. The students will be exposed to more of the industry standards and practices that challenge yacht designers today. Students will be expected to meet project management-style deadlines and produce professional deliverables. There will be more emphasis on 3D modeling and preparing the students' designs for presentations and portfolio inclusion.

Course number: TRAN-331
Prerequisite: TRAN-232, Intermediate Marine Design

Yacht Interiors 1

This class will introduce the student to the unique design challenges of a bespoke marine interior. Each student will work on developing an exclusive interior for a given large yacht through the term, taking the project from concept theme sketches to rendered model. Topics to be covered in this course include: approaches in problem solving, space utilization, habitation and accommodation requirements, materials for the marine environment, furniture and appliances, ambient and artificial lighting, manufacturing and build processes, customer identification and branding analysis, and staging the boat. The outcome of this course will be a portfolio-worthy presentation of a custom megayacht interior with detailed living and entertainment spaces.

Course number: TRAN-431
Prerequisite: n/a