Digital Process 1 (ENV-101) 2012 Spring

Instructor: Yo Oshima
email: yodesignlab@gmail.com

COURSE SYLLABUS

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Studio Hours: Thursday 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Location: Lab 137

Website: https://accdenv.wordpress.com/

Weekly course notes and assignments will be distributed at the website.
Students are encouraged to join discussion forum on the website. Participation instruction will be given at the first class.

Required Material:

USB Flash Drive
Art Center does not provide long term secure storage of computer files.
Basic drawing supplies
(pencils, pens, paper, straight-edge, scale, triangles, compass, etc.)
Basic modeling supplies
Computer access to Rhinoceros and V-Ray, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, the Internet

Computer (Recommendation)

Windows or Macintosh computer.  Windows machine is recommended for the class, as some of the plugins only works on Windows platform.  You can install Windows Operation System on Macintosh computers.

Course Description:

The first of three consecutive studio courses, this course is an overview of 3D computer-aided visualization concepts through the instruction of industry leading software tools. The focus of this class is on the applications of Rhinoceros and V-Ray to the design process and visual communication, while introducing Photoshop and Illustrator as essential support tools. Students will acquire an introductory level of proficiency with Photoshop for image editing, Illustration for layout and presentation, Rhinoceros in 3D modeling and 2D drafting, and with V-Ray for Rhino in still-image rendering.

Rhinoceros and V-Ray will be presented through weekly exercises and a more comprehensive project-based approach. The course is structured around three application goals: Basics, Representations, and Advanced Modeling – which are not seen as completely separable, and intertwine with each other during the term. The first component of the course focuses on basic modeling skills, modeling architecture of various scales, to be familiar with contemporary design methodology. The second part of the class will introduce process of representation. Concept of visual communication will be discussed through this segment of semester. In the third section, the course will shift to development of design studio project, using more advanced modeling techniques.

Course Structure:

Basic 2D and 3D modeling concepts with Rhinoceros will be introduced in the first few sessions of the class to quickly understand how rectilinear spatial configurations are designed. V-Ray, Photoshop, and InDesign are covered in the second component of the class, using 3D models that are developed earlier in the semester. Students will experience an industry-standard process of modeling, visualization, image editing, and layout. For the final component of the class, students will learn T-Splines modeling methodology to achieve more fluid formal expression. While learning polygonal modeling method with T-Splines, students are asked to 3D model their final project for design studio. An ability to fluently formulate design concept as an iterative process, using technological means will be extremely beneficial through the development of studio project.

Each class examines a specific set of ideas which build on each other to reach the goals set by the three components of the course. It is therefore necessary to learn the material as it is presented in order to quickly move on to more complicated concepts. Each class will have a homework assignment which must be completed quickly, usually by the next class. Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date. Students are expected to spend at least 12 hours each week on their assignments.

Evaluation Method:

Assignments will contribute to 85% of the total grade for the class. See the course schedule for the weight of each assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted. Attendance will contribute to 15% of the total grade for the class. Three or more absences will result in an automatic failing grade for the class. Some of the smaller assignments, in addition to the two larger projects, will require student presentations. Students are expected to be prepared to present their work at the beginning of class – preparing work or pinning up material during class, etc. will not be accepted. Students are expected to engage in the presentations of each others’ work. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date. Attendance to each class is mandatory; any absences must be approved by the instructor prior to that class. Students are encouraged to work on the assignments in the lab at the same time. Minor technical problems can become overwhelming when learning new tools, and the assistance of classmates will prove invaluable. This encouragement is not, however, to be construed as acceptance of collaborative work. Each student is expected to submit individual work for each assignment.

Assignments

See the course schedule for the weight of each assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Attendance

Three or more unexcused absences will result in an automatic failing grade for the class. Failing to attend the final review will result in an automatic failing grade for the class.

Grading:

Department Chairs’ Approved Grading Policy

Please note:

1. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the due date. Attendance to each class is mandatory; any absences must be approved by the instructor prior to that class.

2. Students are encouraged to work on the assignments in the lab at the same time. Minor technical problems can become overwhelming when learning new tools, and the assistance of classmates will prove invaluable. This encouragement is not, however, to be construed as acceptance of collaborative work. Each student is expected to submit individual work for each assignment.

Useful Links
Rhinoceros http://www.rhino3d.com/
V-Ray for Rhino http://software.asgvis.com/
T-Splines http://www.tsplines.com/

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