third year lab
The junior year of the ID program focuses on learning and applying systematic processes in design. Central to this is understanding and appreciating the role of User Centered Design and the ability to identify and address design opportunities in areas such as work, education and health. Students develop the ability to apply information learned in courses such as Human Factors (IDS 2044), Materials and Processes (IDS 2034) and Design Research (IDS 3514) to both objects and systems. Guiding issues addressed in 3rd year mirror those facing the design profession and include ecology, material usage, and universal design. For the past 3 years, one of the junior year’s major projects has been the SFCS Sponsored Studio on Senior Living. This studio addresses the needs of the elderly, from those “aging in place” to those in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Design competencies developed in the junior year focus on methods of experimental modeling and prototype building; the integration of computer technology into the design process; and the development of team problem solving abilities and team design work.