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Fundamentals of Design

An 8-week course focused on the elements of design and developing strong technical skills along with an eye for successful design

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective (recommended); Dynamic Sketching 2
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective (recommended); Dynamic Sketching 2
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
8 weeks
Materials:
Photoshop (or equivalent), Wacom tablet or equivalent
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and time on assignments.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individual recordings
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Perspective (recommended); Dynamic Sketching 2
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | The Design Process

A look at the design process, thinking forms and function. We look at how unity binds and holds a cohesive design together. The demonstration and assignment involves deconstructing the complex and building from simplification.

Week 2 | Shape Design

Apply labels and defining design parameters, then use such labels to design basic props, applying the additive and subtractive transformations. These all tie into the core concepts of shape design. The demonstration and assignment covers shape design from cues students will be tasked with creating 3 pages of designs using based off primitive shapes.

Week 3 | Form Language

This focuses on taking the lesson of adding and subtracting basic forms (wk1) with the idea of problem solving with clear intents (wk2) and setting up design parameters to come up with designs from everyday household objects. The demo shows how to extract the form language of a vacuum part to design space freighter.

Week 4 | Style Guides: Foliage Design

Shapes are brought up again in a lecture on style and designing guides to work with our selected project. Then we look at balance and rhythm and how these elements are tools to arrange compositions and sequences. For the demonstration and assignment proportion we will look at creating props for our environment world from week 3.

Week 5 | Architecture Design Basics

With a project choice underway, in this week we focus on the basics of structure and architecture design. Everyone will design a singular dwelling from your project.

Week 6 | Composition and Environment Design Basics

So now we have a project and geographical props from (wk4) and structures from (wk5) and will now compose a shot to show all the designs.

Week 7 | Sketching for Production: Interiors

Mind mapping: creating an organized list of items based on function and story cues for design details. Pattern and texture and then examined in bringing our details to life. The demonstration and assignment video shows student’s techniques utilized sketching for production as we design an interior setting to our world.

Week 8 | Line & Shape: Prop & Vehicle Design

After a brief recap, this week will focus on vehicle and prop design. We will apply all techniques from last weeks to build strong shapes, silhouettes, proportion, curves, line, horizontal vs vertical precision vs spontaneity, contour vs gesture lines into your designs.

Fundamentals of Design
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Unleashing your creativity

Arne Billen is a concept art teacher at Syntra AB Belgium as well as a freelance game concept artist. After finishing his master's degree in physiotherapy he decided to take a new turn in life and pursue his passion for art. He has made over 1200 paintings and has become a part-time lecturer on figure drawing and anatomy, digital painting and set & prop design. He loves to explore new methods of creating art and is still hard at work at getting better every day.

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Amazing teacher. Loved the class. The content was impressive. He worked really hard to give this class and I appreciated my experience.

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Tyler showed genuine interest in the student’s work during the feedback and Q&As: he always goes the extra mile to help us with long and detailed critiques, making sure to address all of our points. The lectures were very informative and presented the class materials well.

Natalia Mishchenko

Great course! Learned so much. And Tyler is an amazing instructor, always trying to help in any way possible.

Joshua Moya

Tyler did a fantastic job breaking down the elements of design very clearly.

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