Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program

ART312, Design: History and Theory: This course provides an introduction to the history of Modern and Postmodern Design. It is expressly designed to explore the relationship between the design disciplines (graphic design, furniture design, architecture, textile design, interior design and fashion), as well as the dialogue between design history and design theory. Students complete a series of projects to apply and synthesize what they've learned.


  • The history of design in multiple design disciplines (graphic design, industrial design, furniture design, architecture, fashion, information design)
  • Experience Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Information Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Web Design/New Media


  • Ideation
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Research
  • Teamwork
  • Written Communication (creation of Design Briefs/Creative Briefs)
  • Oral Communication (formal and informal presentations of work)

Media/Technology skills:

  • Students can work in the medium or media of their choice (course is adaptable for individual career focus).
  • Pinterest is used to supplement design briefs
  • Powerpoint/Keynote or Prezi is used to present work. 
  • Google Drive is used as a collaborative tool
  • Because students can choose their media, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Blender, iMovie, Adobe Premiere are options.

Key Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of art + design in terms of history, process and theory.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking, craft and sophistication in terms of aesthetic and technical application of materials and processes of art + design

Gallery of Works created in Art312