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First class session begins at 9 a.m., Thursday, April 26, 2001
Course description: "The study of computer-aided design and drafting for
products, furniture, interiors and architecture. AutoCAD is the primary
software used. Engineering and architectural drafting, notation, lettering
and designing are included."
How Designers Think
Topics include methods of creating and presenting design concepts with
thumbnails and freehand drawing proposal rendering of perspective and orthographic
plans. Original thinking, invention, problem finding, problem solving,
visualization, designing, finished working drawings and presentation drawings
will be practiced. Project design involves discussion of goals within the
design team, and with clients, fabricators, and users.
Product designs, building designs, machine drawings, furniture, and so
on, are assigned as projects. Some assignments will depend on teamwork.
The type of some final projects may depend on the expected career track
of the student and the individual background skills of each student.
AutoCAD software and computers are available to the class. All students
spend a significant amount of time learning and applying AutoCAD drafting.
Other drafting programs may be introduced but not mastered.
Depending on background, students will either be introduced to, or become
more skillful in the computer production of lettering, notation, descriptive
geometry, dimensioning, drawing sheet layout, and other standard drafting
procedures. Perspective rendering, using freehand visualization, is practiced
for use in idea development and end product illustration. Students learn
conversion from isometric (a single-angle-view) to orthographic (two or
more straight views) and from orthographic to isometric visualization and
Students each brings a book or other material representing the work of
one important designer or architect and makes a short presentation and
shares the designer's main philosophy and accomplishments with the class.
Bring a single sheet handout covering sources of information and main points
of the presentation. Include visual examples of the person's work in the
You may send questions about assignments, about AutoCAD, and the instructor
may have announcements, study items, assignments and so on sent by e-mail.
If an immediate response is needed in order to work on an assignment, students
may phone the instructor anytime between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Field trips are planned to observe and learn about the design and drafting
processes and/or to see exemplary design work.
Record ideas and reflections stimulated by field trips. These notes must
be handed in after each field trip. Also use the journal to make
notes and sketches related to meetings with clients, users, and fabricators
related to assignments. Keep dated entries of ideas, doodles,
thumbnails, preliminaries for designs, drafting, and so on. You may also
use your journal for class notes, but it's primary purpose is to record
your creative ideas and reflections. Bring it to class so you can work
from the ideast.
See this link for journal
Design can be very time consuming. Many options need to be compared
to be sure a good solution is developed.
Drafting is a skill requiring both quality work and efficient production
habits. A three hour course during May Term requires significant out-of-class
work prior to each session. Students should expect to spend at least 40
hours per week (average time for average grade). Much of what is learned
in a drafting course requires practiced skills that can only be learned
with time on task. AutoCAD requires substantial practice time.
CLASS SCHEDULE (MAY 2001)
After the first day, May Term classes begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at noon
with a one hour mid-morning break from 9:30 to 10:30.
5 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2001, drop/add or grading option changes
Classes meet every day, Monday through Friday except for Wednesday,
May 2, and Wednesday, May 16.
Friday, May 11, field trip to strawbale home. Other field trips
are being planned.
One all-day field trip may be announced soon.
The midterm exam is 10:30 to noon, Tuesday, May 8.
The final exam is from 10:30 to noon, Friday, May 18.
Out of class SCHEDULE (MAY 2001)
Arrange to work together with others so you can assist each other.
NC12 is occupied by another class on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from
6 to 10 p.m. NC12 is available afternoons, weekends, and Wednesday
evenings for this class. You may check out a key at Phys Plant.
Use other Computer labs any time you can get a computer.
Grading is based on drafting performance, and the quality of design work.
Accuracy and drawing speed are assessed. Individual drawings will be evaluated
for correctness of information and appearance of the work. Assignments
will receive better grades if they are on time and penalized if they are
late. Teamwork will be
assessed by team
for possible extra credit.
include original design
concepts. These will be evaluated on originality, feasibility (would they
work?) and appropriateness to the assignment.
Regular attendance is essential. Certain assignments may also have additional
specific evaluation criteria.
There are several AutoCAD tests as well as tests of conceptualization for
new ideas and problem solving. Mid-term and finals may include timed
computer assignments to evaluate working efficiency while maintaining accuracy.
Students will be expected to learn to check other student work for correctness.
Some projects may involve group effort in which case group members will
be asked to rank other members of their group according to a list of performance
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Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., Professor of Art
Goshen College, 1700 South Main St., Goshen IN 46526
this page updated: April 23, 2001