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DESIGN 166 A: Design Foundations

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Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 3:50pm
AND 223
Jayme Yen
Jayme Yen

Syllabus Description:

Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:50 pm
Critique: Fridays, 8:30-9:50 and 10:00-11:20 am


Jayme Yen,
Office hours: by appointment only,
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30pm


Teaching Assistants

Samer Fouad,
Office hours: Fridays, 11:30 – 12:30pm

Solji Lee,
Office hours: Tuesdays,  3:30 – 5:30pm

Taylor Miles, 
Office hours: Thursdays,  11:30 – 1:30pm

No office hours during first week of the quarter 


CLUE Session and Tutors 

Verli Chen,

Maya Flood,

Mary Wojnar,

Thipok Cholsaipant,

CLUE Hours: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm (Verli Chen and Mary Wojnar)
(No CLUE during first week of quarter) 


Course Description

This course introduces students to fundamental issues in both two- and three-dimensional design. 
At the conclusion of the course, students should:
—Know how to make effective two-dimensional and three-dimensional compositions
—Understand the ideal relationship between form, function and content
—Understand the value of a thorough design process where multiple ideas are explored
—Be able to discuss, analyze and critique two- and three-dimensional design work
—Gain insight into design as a profession.

Download the class syllabus here: Des166_Spring2020_Syllabus.pdf
Download the course calendar here: Des166_Spring2020_Calendar.pdf
Note that the syllabus and calendar are subject to revision by faculty and TAs as needed.

Please also read these official policies of the UW School of Art + Art History + Design:



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You are expected to attend the first day of class, which is a critical part of the quarter. We will review the syllabus, go over course goals and expectations, assign the first project, and do a short in-class activity. If technical or other circumstances prevent you from connecting to the Zoom meeting, note that class will be recorded and posted to Canvas. To show that you wish to remain part of the class, please watch the video and complete the in-class activity by the following day. 


Catalog Description: 
Examines the rudiments of visual structure and problem solving in two and three-dimensional design. Emphasizes design methodology and design processes with emphasis on the formal principles of composition and organization.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
September 16, 2021 - 3:31pm