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3D Design

Art Department: Concentration in 3D Design

Welcome Visiting Assistant Professor of 3D Design, Topher Gent

Welcome Visiting Assistant Professor of 3D Design, Topher Gent

Explore the course offerings for 3D Design below:

3D Design I: Design and Composition

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of three-dimensional design and the built environment. Through a series of hands-on projects, we will introduce basic tools and materials that are commonly used by designers to create prototypes such as cardboard, wood, clay foam, and plaster. Working independently and collaboratively, students will take an inquiry-based approach to explore the formal elements and essential functions of 3D design through unique design challenges that reflect on form in space. Iteration and experimentation are core themes in this course, and students will learn how to work from concept, to sketch, to three-dimensional objects. Throughout the semester we will engage in the critical analysis of historical and contemporary design objects and develop a practical and conceptual understanding of 3D design practice. The course is supported by lectures, readings, films, field trips, group discussions, and critiques, where students will learn to articulate essential information about their work and engage with constructive feedback.

3D Design II: Process and Iteration

3D Design II is focused on expanding skills and techniques within three-dimensional design practice. This course puts an emphasis on working between analog and digital processes as a method for ideation and design development. Basic model-making techniques will serve as a foundation for students to utilize the digital tools in the MakerSpace, including 3D modeling with Rhino, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and laser cutting. The course will explore how handmade models can be scanned, manipulated, and reproduced as a tool for working with various three-dimensional design problems. We will consider real-world scenarios through a sustained investigation of form and function, and students will explore the creation of prototypes that can lead to results in additive manufacturing, casting, flat-packed designs, and more. This course balances theory and practice and is supported by lectures, readings, class discussions, and field trips that engage with contemporary issues faced by designers, such as ethics, sustainability, and technology.