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ALA 121 Design Fundamentals I

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    Mar 20, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class is supposed to teach you all about the elements and principles of design. However, the only thing you're taught to do is draw straight lines and label your papers. I thought this course would be beneficial and even crucial to a design-related career, but I didn't learn anything that would help in my future.

    Course highlights:

    To be honest, there weren't many highlights in this course. I ended up getting a 'B' in the class which is pretty good considering I didn't know what I was doing half of the time. Catherine Spellman is very knowledgeable about design, but she is not very good at teaching/sharing her knowledge. Most of the time, you just end up confused or you have to go back and reread all of the lecture and assignment notes because she simply doesn't get to them in the lecture. This is very inconvenient and not helpful in the slightest. Also, you can't email her and ask questions. You have to ask your TA about everything. For being the 'professor' she isn't there to help or teach you.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Unless you're required to take this course, don't take it. I went through first and second semester and didn't learn anything about the elements and principles of design. I felt like I wasted a year in this class. However, if you need this course or you just want to take it, I would definitely say spend time on your homework. A LOT of time. Also, when you have to go back and read over the assignment because Spellman doesn't take the time to teach you about it, read it carefully and thoroughly. There are grammar and spelling mistakes as well as an overall confusing message in her assignments, but if you read them carefully and ask questions (I would recommend befriending someone who is a junior/senior in one of the design disciplines- IIDA, AIDA, etc. are good places to find mentors).

    • Fall 2016
    • Catherine Spellman
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Many Small Assignments Requires Lots of Research
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    Aug 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is a fun course which allows students to discover their creativity and passion for design.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basic principles of deign and how to surrender to my passion.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take your time with every assignment and make sure you give thought to what you are trying to create.

    • Fall 2016
    • Elena Rocchi
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    • Group Projects Participation Counts Competitive Classmates
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    Feb 07, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is definitely worth taking. Even though it is a required course, it is a very hands-on course which helps those undermining in design. The course helps give the basics about architecture and landscape architecture.

    Course highlights:

    There were many highlights of this course. First off, the teacher assistants and the professor in general are very helpful and always willing to give their opinion. It is also all about imagination. Those who take the course must be able to imagine different things and create patterns in different ways.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not procrastinate. If you procrastinate in this course, you will definitely be putting yourself in a bad position. I forced myself not to do so and it made my life much easier. Others do procrastinate and you can tell when it comes to pinning up your work.

    • Fall 2015
    • Catherine Spellman
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Competitive Classmates


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