The Product Design curriculum for the BLPS Degree in Liberal and Professional Studies requires Undergraduate Core, Major, and Elective requirements and requirement subcategories as illustrated below. Through the study of the disciplines and design-based projects, students will be challenged to critically examine design processes and outcomes. Coursework is supported by experiential learning methodologies that directly involve students in industry experience and the local community.
UNDERGRADUATE CORE CURRICULUM
Area I: Math/Natural Science
1. Finite Mathematics SMMAFM150
2. Introduction to Nutrition FWDNIN200
3. The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table HPFBSF250
4. Fairfield online course: Mathematics or Natural Science 1000-level
Area II: History/Social Science
1. Saints and Sinners LARSSS330
2. The Medici Family: A Florentine Dynasty LAHSMF230
3. One of the following courses: Social Media CPMCSM250; Culture Shock: Cross-Cultural Psychology LAPYCS190; Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family FWFSIF180; The Italian-American Experience ISISIA225; Food, Culture, and Society in Italy FWFCFC240
4. Intercultural Communication CPMCCM190
5. Fairfield online course: ANTH 1110 Cultural Anthropology
6. Fairfield online course: COMM 1100 Human Comm. Theories
Area III: Philosophy/Religious Studies
1. World Religions LARSWR280
2. Philosophy and Science in Early Modern Italy LAPLPS215
3. Fairfield online course: RLST 1101 Exploring Religion
Area IV: English/Visual & Performing Arts
1. Introduction to Art History LAAHAH210
2. Introduction to Digital Photography EL DIPHID185 (6cr)
3. Dante Alighieri's Florence: Readings and Cultural Walks ISILDF340
4. Fairfield online course: ENGL 1001
Area V: Humanities Electives
1. Italian language
2. Italian language
3. Fairfield online course: A Humanities Elective (ENGL/HIST/MLL/PHIL/RLST/VPA) 1000-level
LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR COURSES
General Area I: Product Design
1. Visual Comm Design Fundamentals Studio I DIVCDF190
2. Intro to Computer Graphics DIVCCG150
3. Product Design EL IDPDPD320 (6cr)
4. Multimedia Studio I DIVCMM340
5. Multimedia Studio II EL DIVCMM380 (6cr)
6. Product Packaging and Labeling IDPDPL300
General Area II: Prototyping, Fabrication, and Management
1. Prototyping and Research in Design IDPDRD300
2. 3D Printing and Fabrication IDPDPF315
3. New Product Development and Management BUMANP325
4. Brand Management BUMABM310
5. Design Thinking IDPDDT300
Portfolio Development PSPDPO380
1. US Diversity: Intercultural Communication CPMCCM190
2. World Diversity: World Religions LARSWR280
1. Introduction to Film Photography FAFPFP140
2. 3D Computer Design and Rendering IDIDCD280
3. Introduction to Product Design IDPDPD210
4. Introduction to 3D Printing and Fabrication IDPDPF285
5. Magazine Editing and Publishing I CPPULM330
6. Introduction to Creative Videomaking EL DIVPCV205
7. Magazine Publishing and Editing II CPPULM430
8. Introduction to Health and Safety PSELHS300S 1cr
TOTAL CREDITS: 130
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES
- Gain knowledge of digital media and visual communication theories and practice.
- Develop a strong command of contemporary imaging and aesthetics.
- Develop and deliver creative concepts, apply visual language in multiple forms of digital media, and produce creative and compelling visual storytelling for professional contexts.
- Apply critical thinking, visual deconstruction/reconstruction, and visual problem solving for communicational needs in design systems, publication design, electronic media, typography, and 3D packaging design.
- Acquire a critically informed photographic approach, visual grammar of photography and intent, analysis and technical mastery of photographic imagery, and familiarity with studio and non – studio environment.
- Develop a successful visual message in three different dimensions, create a visually strong brand, employ concept successfully in various forms of visual communication, and conduct a concise presentation of a developed brand.
- Gain fluency in visual production for publishing formats, format and content curation of diverse products, and adapting effective communication to emerging form of content creation.
- Produce a coherent visual portfolio that accurately reflects the student’s personal development of visual and media identity and language.
- Management and curation of digital content.
- Project management.
- Production of digital content for collaborative and individual projects.
- Application of digital media theory and skills to professional projects related to photography, videomaking, books, periodicals, and multimedia.
Photographer, photo editor
Interactive media designer
Visual consultant for corporate communication
Designer, editor, production manager for books and periodicals
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to further pursue studies at the graduate level.