DSGN 211: Syllabus

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Fall 2016 / TR 8:00 – 10:50pm / DM 209
Prerequisites: DSGN 111 (or ART 111) & ART 105
Instructor: Brandon Young / brandon.young@acu.edu / DM 326

ACU, Department of Art & Design and Interior Design Program Mission Statements

Course Audience

Students pursuing a degree in architecture and/or interior design and those interested in continued development of representational drawing skills related to the design disciplines.

Course Description

Development of design drawing and rendering skills to illustrate interior and architectural concepts. Emphasize color, value, tone and presentation.

Christian Perspective in Course

We are created in the image of God, and as such we are all co-creators with God. The act of representational drawing requires us to truly observe the reality that surrounds us in all of its beauty and intricacy. As designers, we are given the opportunity to imagine a reality that does not currently exist – to rework the creation God has placed before us.



  • Richards, James. Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers. Wiley Publishers, 2013. Print or Electronic.


  • Davis, James and James Watkins. Architectural Delineation. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2001. Print.
  • Ching, Francis. Design Drawing. 2nd ed. Wiley Publishers, 2010. Print.
  • Doyle, Michael. Color Drawing: Design Drawing Skills and Techniques for Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers. 3rd ed. Wiley Publishers, 2006. Print.
  • Mitton, Maureen. Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models, and Presentation Techniques. 4th ed. Wiley Publishers, 2012

Course Outline and Topics

Drawing is a visual communication tool that emphasizes a way of seeing. Seeing is not just being able to identify an object, but to understand the complexity and subtleties present – to become critical observers. Through the act of drawing, we refine our ability to process complex information and solve problems. Delineation refers to the precise representation of an object, which is a critical component in the design fields. This course is designed to build on drawing and delineation skills learned previously, continue development of aesthetics, composition and representation, and introduce the use of color combined with value and texture to create architectural renderings.

Topics covered in this class include:

  • Sketching/Urban Sketching
  • Figure/Ground relationship
  • Value (shade, tint, shadow, highlight)
  • Use of color and color schemes
  • Orthographic drawings
  • Paraline drawings
  • Perspective drawings
  • Presentation drawings

Studio Format

The studio is the primary vehicle for education in art and design; therefore, it demands a great amount of time both in and out of class to bring projects to completion. The studio format is designed to assist students in developing conceptual, technical and communication skills.
In order to develop these skills, class time will be dedicated to the following activities:

  1. Demonstrations: Demonstrations will be given as needed to provide information relative to conceptual and technical skills as they relate to design drawing types, conventions and techniques.
  2. Projects: In this course, the projects are different types of drawings used in design fields to communicate visually.
  3. Critiques: Critiques will take a couple of forms including one-on-one w/the instructor and pin-ups w/classmates. Active participation in critiques, as well as during daily studio work, is expected of each student to encourage a collaborative and communal learning environment.
  4. Class Discussions: Although all projects in this class are completed individually, the studio is meant to be a collaborative environment. As such, I strongly encourage every student to be aware of the work their classmates are involved in and to learn from one another throughout the course of the semester. Everyone has something different, and valuable, to bring to the table.


Students are expected to:

  • be prepared for each class meeting with all necessary tools
  • exhibit progress between each class meeting
  • complete all projects assigned. All assignments must be submitted to pass the course.
  • keep a sketchbook that documents information, ideas and inspiration gained throughout the semester
  • contribute to class discussions and critiques
  • demonstrate an understanding of design vocabulary

Course Goals

By the end of the course, students will:

  • be conversant in drawing and design terminology
  • be fluent in design drawing systems and conventions
  • possess well-developed representational drawing and rendering skills, including the depiction of surfaces and finishes
  • communicate form and texture through shade, shadow and light
  • merge creative imagination with accurate representation
  • implement visual organization techniques
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in a variety of media: pen and ink, felt tip and art markers, colored pencil, and graphite) on a variety of surfaces such as: drafting vellum, light tracing paper, matte board, colored art paper, illustration board and other papers.


Assignments may contain smaller exercises designed to build appropriate skills and technical expertise. Grades for these exercises are factored into the overall assignment grade. All assignments must be submitted to pass the course.

Assignment Grade Weights

  • Weekly Assignments = 70%
  • Studio Drawings = 15%
  • Sketchbook = 10%
  • Attendance Grade* = 5%
*Please see Attendance Policy (link below) for explanation of Attendance Grade.

Grading Scale, Descriptions and Deadline Information

Follow this link for grading scale, descriptions and deadline information.

Policies and Supplies

PLEASE NOTE: While every effort is made to ensure the information and schedule above is accurate and complete, from time to time there are errors and/or adjustments are needed as the semester progresses. Information in this course syllabus is subject to change at any time during the semester. All changes will be announced in class.

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