ARCH 1353- 590, 591, 592, 593, 594,595, 596, 597, 598, 599 DIGITAL MEDIAIInstructor: Rob DiazCoordinator: Maria R. PerbelliniTAs: Kyle Meeks, Will Denman, Chris-topher Davis, Jose SanchezSpring 2011
Catalogue description:1353. Digital Media I - Prerequisite:AutoCAD. An introduction to the useof thecomputer as a design drawingtool with an emphasis on conceptualknowledge andcomputing skills fordesign communication. Levels: Un-dergraduate - TTUCredits: 3 semestercredit hours
NAAB STUDENT PERFORMANCECRITERIA 2009
A.3 Visual Communication Skills:Ability to use appropriate repre-sentational media,such as tradi-tional graphic and digital tech-nology skills, to convey essentialformalelements at each stage of theprogramming and design process.
The course intent is to develop theability to use representational toolsandmethods. Students are exposed toeffective visual communication strat-egies using arange of media, suchas analog and digital drawings andgraphics, to support eachstage ofthe design process.The first stageof this course introduces a generalknowledge about images made ofpix-els: type, size, resolution and allthose basics information that arenecessary toacquire in order to beefficient with graphics. The sec-ond stage of the coursefocuses onthe use of Adobe Photoshop. Studentslearn about how to manipulate andedit pixel-images. They work with afull set of actions involved withreiteration,transformation, editing,filtering and layering. The historyof all these applicationsmust be doc-umented graphically. The third stageexplores vectors and diverse waysto deal with lines and drawings.Students implements all the featuresof AdobeIllustrator, including filesexport techniques from other pro-grams (Photoshop,AutoCAD) and textfeatures.The fourth stage goes morein depth on layout and additionalgraphical applicationsusing Adobe-In-Design, instrumental for giving tothe students more proficiency intheirportfolio representation and organi-zation.Students work on weekly as-signments.
The course is designed to work bothas the supporting course associatedwithARCH 1411, Architectural Design Stu-dio I, and as a “stand alone” course.Students apply the course digitalknowledge and tools on their studiodesign process, in order to be ef-ficient and well prepared on graphi-cal representations.Guided by theinstructor and the coordinator, thesection assistants will beresponsiblefor every in-class aspect of theirparticular section of this course:fromtaking attendance, to assignmentdelivery, to assessment. A typi-cal class day willinclude anythingfrom a program related presentation,a discussion of an assignedread-ing, to a review of completed work.Each section meets nominally for twohourseach week at designated times.The section assistants will have twohours a week of regular office hoursfor students in their section. A stu-dent with a median skilland acumenlevel should require 9 hours of studya week outside class to successfullycomplete the coursework.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this course the stu-dent should:- have a good understanding of digi-tal representations and graphics, andtheirimpacts on architectural design;- have the ability to use the indi-cated digital programs features;- be able to manipulate and transformimages (pixels) and drawings (vec-tors);- be able to generate and edit digi-tal applications and tasks;- be able to organize files transfersbetween programs;- be efficient and creative withstudio projects representations andportfolio layout and content.