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CoAD's student advising page is a collection of resources for students to use as they design their pathway to graduation. It highlights current elective courses and other forms related to advising. For more information or questions please speak to your academic advisor. Master of Architecture students should contact Greg Sikora at gsikora@ltu.edu or by scheduling a video conference.

Spring 2024 Electives 

ARI3993 Special Topics: Tiny Houses (CRN 3954) 

This Special Topics is focused on a full design process for living in spaces of 500 square feet or less. Great design is in the details and this class addresses the latest sustainable materials and technology to build an energy efficient tiny home from predesign to interior materials, finishes, multi-use furniture, fixtures and equipment. The class is particularly timely as Michigan has developed laws and building code requirements for tiny homes and many cities  are welcoming their  development. The elective is focused on Interior Design majors but would be a great option for Architecture students wanting to flush out their knowledge of interior residential content. (This is running under Interior Architecture rather than Interior Design but will count towards a CoAD elective).

Tuesday and Thursdays, 2:00-4:40 pm. ON CAMPUS.
Junior/senior standing in Interiors or Architecture is highly recommended.

IDD3993 Special Topics: Curious Objects and Connections (CRN 3864) 

The Curious Objects and Connections Studio focuses on practical learning objectives, including enabling constraints, adaptability, structural studies, material-specific production intent, rapid product development, and professional display curation. Students are expected to iterate rapidly through making and craft high-fidelity objects as a tangible outcome. This class provides a comprehensive exploration of design principles and agile design methodology. The outcomes from the class will be disseminated on international design platforms.

Monday and Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:40 pm. ON CAMPUS.
Junior/senior standing in Product/Industrial Design is highly recommended.

DES3993 Special Topics: Storytelling (CRN 3919)

Stories are what make us human, and drive us to act on our ambitions. Storytelling is a powerful tool that influences how we learn, helps us right moral wrongs, and build connections with each other. The primary goal of this course is to explore the different ways to tell stories, including our own. The second goal is to understand the science behind storytelling and how our brains are hardwired for stories. Finally, the course will culminate in applying these methods to your work in design: what is the best tool for you to tell the story of your work in a way that resonates with customers and stakeholders, and inspires them to act? Class meetings include a mix of lecture, discussion, and collaborative group activities to test theories and techniques first hand.

Wednesday and Fridays 9:30 - 10:45am. ON CAMPUS.
No restriction

ARC 4843/5053 BIM for Programming and Prototyping (CRN 3649/3650)

Introduction to methods of inputting and manipulating information in BIM through parametric and visual programming, and method of materializing BIM information through rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. The implications of BIM workflows on the practice of building design and construction are explored.

Thursdays 7:10 - 10:25 pm. ONLINE.
Prerequisite: ARC2843 BIM Fundamentals.

ARC 399/6003   Special Topic: Rome-ing Around (CRN 3767)

The Grand Tour was the international travel undertaken to finish off one’s education in the period between the mid-17th century and the end of the 18th century. At the time travel was expensive and laborious and as a result the Grand Tour was an exclusive activity for the English aristocracy. The Grand Tour typically included Paris and Rome with many other destinations along the way and could last for multiple years. It was an opportunity to immerse oneself in another culture and experience it first-hand.Now we have the opportunity to visit Rome for six days. Rome is known as the Eternal City and has a complex history with almost 3,000 years layered upon itself. Rome is not a museum but a thriving city with just under 3 million inhabitants. We will experience the city not as a singular entity but a palimpsest of urban, architectural and artistic elements that exist side by side.All designers benefit from experiencing cities, buildings, spaces, and culture. International travel allows designers to gain empathy by being in another culture and to practice intense observational skills. Within the walls of Rome we will visit Ancient Roman sites, Baroque churches, Fascist government buildings, modern contemporary Italian buildings, and a range of art and sculptures. A few introductory sessions will occur before departure to highlight and prepare for the trip. Students will be required to prepare for an on-site presentation to the group (while in Rome) and to develop a travel sketchbook to document the travel experiences.

ARC 5623 History of Urban Form (CRN 3933)

The course will offer a historic morphological study of cities across history and geography. The course will primarily examine European and North American cities under the following headings: Ancient and Classic, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern (nineteenth and twentieth centuries), and Post-modern (twenty-first century). Cities of Asia, Africa, and Latin America will also be investigated where applicable to learn non-western urban traditions. Specific topics will include origins and evolution of urban form, theories about urban form, and reasons and factors behind specific physical structure of the city. The course will concentrate on (1) the transformation of the nineteenth-century city and its organization, (2) the development of the twentieth century industrial city, and (3) pluralistic forms of the current twenty-first century post-industrial city. It analyzes current issues of city form in relation to placemaking, social structure, and physical design. Case studies of several cities will be presented as examples of the theories discussed in the class.

Tuesdays, 7:10 - 9:50 pm. ONLINE.
Graduate standing.

GAM3993 Special Topics: Unconventional controller (CRN 3885)

While digital games and their technologies have often relied on what we now consider conventional methods of input, like buttons, joysticks, gamepads, mice, and keyboards, simultaneously, new and different controllers powering unique interactive experiences have dotted the video game landscape. Rollerballs, Skateboards, Dance Floors, Steering Wheels, and Full Motion Simulators show the possibilities of aligning game themes and primary interaction more closely. For this course, students will create a game where the dominant interactions between user and game will be mediated by screen and an unconventional controller designed and built by the student.

Monday and Wednesday 5:10 - 7:00pm. ON CAMPUS.
Junior/senior standing in Product, Transportation or Game Design is highly recommended.

ART3993 Special Topics: Scanographs: Experimental photographic processes (CRN 3960) 

There are many ways to create evocative images - the use of a camera is not always necessary. One way to create quality images is through the use of a scanner. Scanning is an effective and precise way to digitally render physical images or objects into brilliant photographs, with remarkable detail and vivid color. In this course, we will use the scanner as a means of creating experimental images through different types of materials and exploring motion, layering, color, texture, and narrative in representational spaces.

Tuesday 11:00-12:15 and Thursdays 11:00 - 12:50 ON CAMPUS.
No restrictions although previous lens/camera experience will be beneficial.

ARC 3993 Special Topic: Precedents and Form (CRN 3955)

We have a tradition of treating space as if it is neutral and is not involved in either constructing or supporting human relationships, stressing instead the undefinable and individual experience of place. This course will challenge this assumption by using fundamental systems of spatial comprehension to study precedents and form in the built environment. We will position space as a grounded term which focuses on space as a site of human interaction and embedded with social meaning. Through this, objects will be understood as extensions of people, access and visibility as sites of offering engagement, orientation as not neutral, and adjacency as not causal. Though analyzing critical architectural projects at multiple scales, we will use formal analysis to understand how and why those projects mean and start to uncover the latent meaning in the world around us.

Fridays 11:00-1:40pm ONLINE.
No restrictions.

ART4993/ART5995 Special Topics: Global and Local: the Art and Visual Culture of Contemporary East Asia (CRN 3676/3677)

Taking both thematic and historical approaches, this course will investigate the compelling explorations driving new practices and discourses within contemporary East Asia and the historical precedents that inform them. We will examine the emergence of “modern” art in the early 20th century, the rise of avant-garde arts in the late 1950s and ‘60s, and the new discourses, media, and artistic spaces that developed from the 1990s onward. Using primary sources, art historical scholarship, and arts criticism in multiple mediums (text and video) we will explore the ways the visual arts negotiate issues of gender, politics, pop culture, and the international arts world among other topics.

Tuesday and Thursdays 7:10 - 8:25 pm. ONLINE.
Junior/senior standing recommended.

ARC 5243 Public Interest Design (CRN 3920)

This course aims to expand the discipline of architecture by challenging the traditional definition and boundaries of the profession of architecture, and by exploring alternative design practices. The course will consist of a series of seminars where students will investigate the background, types, benefits, goals, theories, principles, methods, and values of public interest design practices and research (PIDPR); and a workshop where students will propose alternative practice models through real-world application, collaboration with local stakeholders, and global PID online exchange forums.

Thursdays 7:10 - 9:50 pm ONLINE.
Graduate standing.

ARC 5333 Design Ethics (CRN 3957) 

Provides an exposure to the primary topics in design ethics including a background in moral reasoning and responsibility. Discussion of core values in ethics, justice, equity, representation, and duty. Concepts of applied ethics as broadly related to the design professions in applied arts, interior design, game art, architecture and the built environment.

Wednesdays 7:10 - 9:50 pm. ONLINE.
Graduate standing.

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