The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning


DES 2615 Design Thinking (3)

An introduction to design thinking strategies and processes that help shape our designed world.

DES 1630 (1.5) Rapid Hand Visualization & DES 1631 (1.5) Visual Communication

DES 3600 Design Studio (3) or ARCH 2630

An exploration of the design process through a series of studio exercises employing various physical materials and visual ordering systems.

DES 4010 Capstone Design Studio (5)

A “deep dive” studio where students will explore real world problems and derive solutions based on an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis on synthesis, process, and intention that results in the development of the students’ own methodology.



ARCH 2630 Design Workshop (3)*

An exploration of the design process through a series of studio exercises. (This course can not be double counted for both Core and Exploration.) 

Communication 3510 Intro to Web Design (3)

Introduces the basics of web site design with emphasis on the design process; visual communication principles; usability; and current web communication theory and criticism. Computer literacy is required.

Communication 3550 Principles of Visual Communication (3)

Survey course that looks at physio-psychological bases of perception of cognition, semiotics, aesthetics and historical references that lead to realization of visual messages. Includes discussions of ethical dimensions of visual image-making. Presentations incorporate criticism of contemporary visual images across all mass media.

Communication 3670 Principles of Advertising (3)

Introduction to advertising’s historical, social, and economic aspects. Marketing mix, communication theory, and advertising organizations. Designing persuasive messages for print and broadcast media.

Communication 5510 Advanced Web Design (3) Prerequisite: COMM 3510 or instructor’s consent.

Integrates advanced web communication theory/criticism with a comprehensive exploration of the technologies used in web site development and design, including XHTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Communication 5530 Visual Communication (3) Pre-requisite: COMM 3550

Explores a broad range of theoretical and research literature that provide useful perspectives or foundations for the study of visual communication. The literature representing these perspectives draws from a variety of areas including perception, cognition, aesthetics, and film/visualization theory.

Fine Arts 3000 Design for the Net 1 (4)

The course is an introduction to creating rich content for the Internet. Topics covered range from developing web site concepts, organizing content, creating sites, publishing, and updating content on the web. The focus of this course is to learn principles of web design, writing functional html and xhtml code.

Fine Arts 3700 Graphics for Multimedia (4)

The class focuses on making images that are meaningful, creative and communicate, through an exploration of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Art 3010 Language of Color (3)

Course examines global and regional use of color as a visual language and as a means of trans-cultural/transnational communication. Color is explored as a cultural indicator of beauty, status, and group identity in a comparative study among geographically and culturally diverse locations. Course material takes a discipline-correlated approach where twentieth and twenty-first century visual artworks are used to present examples of color in a cultural context and to begin a dialog of contemporary issues and philosophies to include aesthetics, life style, religion, race, gender, global economics and politics. Collapse of cultural identity is addressed through a review of color as a function of global marketing strategies and Internet communications.

Art 3065 Bookbinding (3)

This class explores the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book as well as materials and their properties. Students construct and take away a variety of bookbinding models. A brief introduction to the history of the book, using examples from the rare book collection and focusing in particular on historical and contemporary book binding, is part of the course.

Art 3600 History of Graphic Design (3) Instructor approval

An overview of the history of graphic communication. Topics covered include: the invention of the written language, the origin of printing, graphic design in the Renaissance and Victorian eras, Art Nouveau, Pictorial Modernism, International Typographic Style, Post-Modernism, contemporary conceptual and “new wave” movements. Emphasis is on the Post-Art Nouveau eras.