School of Art & Design
Furnishing/Product Development and Design
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Course Descriptions

The Furnishings/Product Development and Design program at High Point University shares the same design core as the interior design program and the visual merchandising program. Courses from the business school supplement the design sequence and are crucial to the preparation of graduates.

INT 1100 Design and Society (4)

This course introduces students to the profession of interior design as one of many disciplines in a global community with a specific purpose. Students will be introduced to the language of design in its local and global context, the responsibilities of the interior designer, contemporary issues affecting the profession, and the various ways in which interior design can contribute to contemporary society.

INT 1220 Design Communication I: Visual Ideation (2)

This course introduces students to the concept of design thinking and its relationship to the act of sketching. Students are introduced to the design process and how it is integral to solving problems in a four-dimensional environment. Design thinking and drawing embraces the paradox of producing clear and complete representations of design ideas that are simultaneously open to improvement and change. Design thinking while exploratory, is also objective and intentional, and ideational design drawings convey quantitative accuracy, as it is imagined to be experienced in the qualities of a particular interior environment.

INT 1280 Studio I: Interior Form and Space (4)

This is the first of seven required studio courses. Students will become familiar with the studio culture and the role of self-, peer-, and outside criticism. This class focuses on the exploration of interior form and space through the manipulation of the elements and principles of design. Students will learn to evaluate and communicate theories and concepts of interior spatial definition and organization to validate the ordering system.

INT 2120 Design Communication II: Visual Abstractions (4)

This course explores the use of hand drafting, and the computer as a means for graphic design communication for scaled two-dimensional representation of interior spaces. This course will include the introduction of the drawing concept of orthographic projections as efficient methods to produce accurate, scaled, and succinct two-dimensional drawings that represent three-dimensional objects. The primary purpose of technical drawings is to describe a to-be-built environment, and to precisely instruct others of the intended outcome. Methods of graphic communication will include freehand and mechanical drawing, as well as computer software drawing with AutoCAD. Prerequisites: INT-1100, INT-1220, and INT-1280

INT 2140 History of Interiors I: Western Foundations (2)

This survey course is an overview of architecture, interiors, furnishings and art from 3000 BCE through the Rococo period, focusing on developments in Western Europe; providing the student with a social and historical survey of architectural forms, decorative interior treatments, furnishings and fine art.

INT 2180 Studio II: Plane and Pattern (4)

This course focuses on the identification and solving of two-dimensional design problems. Plane and pattern (the surface and the treatment) are explored as integral parts of the built environment and the methods by which designers can manipulate them. Prerequisites: INT 1100, 1220, 1280

INT 2220 Design Communication II: Visual Presentation (4)

This course explores the use of models, sketching, hand drafting and the computer as a means for graphic design communication for three-dimensional visualization of interior spaces. Prerequisites: INT 2120, 2180

INT 3140 History of Interiors III: The Modern Experiment (2)

This course explores the use of models, sketching, hand drafting and the computer as a means for graphic design communication for three-dimensional visualization of interior spaces. Prerequisites: INT 2120, 2180

FPD 2350 Material Culture (2)

This course is an investigation of materials and materiality related to contemporary material culture and product design. Prerequisites: INT 2180

FPD 3050 Material and Form (4)

This course is designed to provide students with a core competency in the selection, application and use of various materials and craftsmanship techniques used in the construction of the form models that exist as a critical step in the process of furniture/product design. Students will apply the sequence of design process and ideation to a small range of form models to address issues of function, ergonomics/anthropometrics, and ornament, while gaining familiarity with various materials and their unique and specific characteristics. Prerequisites: FPD 2350.

FPD 3150 Branding, Licensing and Ownership (2)

This course provides an overview of branding, licensing, pricing, product and line development, brand merchandising, brand management, and copyright or ownership rights, as applied to furnishings, interior products and fashion industries. Prerequisites: Junior Standing

FPD 4450 Globally Responsible Design (4)

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and tools to solve design problems with increasing constraints from the manufacturing process (such as Design for Disassembly, Packaging and Distribution) and larger global issues (universal design, sustainability). In addition, students will be exposed to the selection, application and use of various digital manufacturing processes and the software that is used to interface with them while developing and reinforcing the student’s understanding of form models as a critical step in the process of furniture/product design. Four credits. Prerequisites: FPD 3050.

FPD 4650 Product Development and Design (4)

The final semester of the product develop-design studio culminates in this capstone course, which requires the student to develop a product based on the coordination of materials as applied to soft or hard good prototype examples. This course will examine practices in the field of furniture and product design, professional ethics, available jobs, and opportunities for continued education as part of final research development of prototype. A fully executed design project is the primary focus of the semester, with the student using the research skills developed during the previous product develop-design studios. Prerequisites: FPD 4450

FPM 2610 Furnishings and Product Fundamentals (2)

Introduction to interior furnishings involving extensive exposure to terminology, quality levels, materials and various types of manufacturing. Furnishings are explored from the raw material state all the way to the finished product as it exists in its place of ultimate use. Involves extensive use of field trips.

FPM 2650 Furnishings and Product Merchandising (4)

This course familiarizes students with merchandising theory, major concepts and the realities of putting together a cohesive product assortment and presenting it effectively to a targeted group of customers with regard to pricing, assorting, styling, and timing. Students will also be exposed to global sourcing and vendor relationships.
Prerequisites: FPM 2610 or permission of the instructor

FPM 3620 Furnishings and Product Marketing (4)

A basic course in how furnishings are marketed in the interior furnishings industry. All marketing functions will be explored through both the standpoint of the manufacturer and retailer. Particular emphasis will be given to marketing products within the industry involving wholesale markets, independent sales representatives and a variety of retail outlets. Both residential and public building furnishings will be covered. Prerequisties: FPM 2610

ACC 2010 Financial Accounting (4)

An introduction of the fundamentals of accounting, which is the basic language of business. Journals, ledgers, adjusting entries and closing entries are introduced and utilized in building the financial and operating statements of business entities emphasizing the use of accounting information in making investment and other decisions. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing

MGT 2220 Principle of Management and Organizational Behavior (4)

This course emphasizes the role of human behavior in the work place by examining the complex relationships between individuals, groups, and organizations. During the first half of the course emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of why employees behave the way they do and utilizing that understanding to maintain or change behavior. Within this framework topics include individual differences, group dynamics, perception, and emotion, power, influence, decision-making, motivation, and organizational culture. The second half of the course will focus specifically on human behavior as it relates to the administration of personnel. Topics here include selection, retention, training, and performance appraisal.

MGT 3280 Operations and Supply Chain Management (4)

An introductory course in the theory and practice of operations management, emphasizing the role of operations in a supply chain context. Prerequisite:

ENT 3300 Entrepreneurial Creativity and Feasibility (4)


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