Course Descriptions

Image: Photos of SF State students and scenes from around campus

Design and Industry Discipline Courses Details

Hide details

DAI 210 : Industrial Science

Prerequisites: None
Description: Nature, properties, and processing of common industrial materials used in the design and production of today's manufactured products: metallics, plastics, wood, paper, fibers and textiles, ceramics, coatings, and composite materials. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 227 : Rethinking Digital Visual Media: History, Technology, and Content

Prerequisites: None
Description: Digital visual media (computer animation, interactive multimedia, Internet, virtual worlds) viewed through the lenses of history, cultural impact, technology, and production techniques.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 256 : Design and Society: Contemporary Design Issues and Applications

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to contemporary design issues, applications, and professions; exploration of design's wide ranging social impacts from visual communication to product design, transportation to city planning, green design to design for social good. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 300 : Design Process

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Creativity and the design process. Individual and group creative problem solving related to graphic communications and product design/development for industry. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 305 : Lab Safety Basics

Prerequisites: DAI undergraduate and graduate majors in product design/development area.
Description: Introduction to basic power and hand tools in the product design labs to ensure safe operation of tools for the duration of the student's program of study; proper dress, techniques, and protective equipment. May be repeated for a total of 2 units. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 310 : Product Design 1

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 323, DAI 356, DAI 370, DAI 305, DAI 320, and DAI 321 with grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Industrial manufacturing processes related to the development of three dimensional objects for product and interior designers and manufacturing personnel. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 320 : Drafting and Sketching for Design

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Mechanical and freehand drawing, the reproduction of drawings, and interpretation of graphic projections. Perspective drawing and the common elements of technical illustration. Signs and symbols of design and drafting. Laboratory. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 321 : Technical Drawing 1: Introduction to CAD

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Fundamentals of two-dimensional geometric image generation techniques to familiarize the student with computer-aided drafting (CAD). Microcomputer CAD hardware and software. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 322 : Computer Graphic Imaging

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Comprehensive studies in computer imaging process and production: digital image generation, image conversion processing, image assembly, and image production and reproduction. Selected computer graphic applications and software packages. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 323 : Visual Design Literacy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Fundamental visual design principles, vocabulary, and applications in design. Topics relevant to 2D and 3D design techniques for both tangible and virtual results. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 324 GW : Research and Writing for Design - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Critical examination of works across the industry sub-disciplines of product design, visual communication and new media. Authoring design concepts and shaping visual presentations. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 325 : Graphic Design 1: Introduction

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 322, DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Design principles and problem solving for visual communication. Basic digital production tools and techniques for creating print and screen media. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 327 : Digital Media 1

Prerequisites: DAI 322, DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Introduction to digital media design focusing on Web design. Conceptual approaches to structuring information and interaction, basic graphic design considerations germane to networked media, and basic production skills. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 330 : Industrial Design Outreach (iDo)

Prerequisites: DAI major; DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370; upper division standing; or consent of instructor.
Description: Development and delivery of industrial design educational experiences to underserved high school students; providing hands-on interdisciplinary design projects to help foster curiosity, creativity, and build self-confidence. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 332 : Electricity and Electronics

Prerequisites: DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Fundamentals of DC/AC circuits theory and basics of semiconductor devices. Principles of power generation, distribution and applications. Application of theory to practical applications in home and industry. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. Extra fee required.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 340 : Design and Materials

Prerequisites: DAI 323, DAI 356, DAI 370, and DAI 305 with grades of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Properties of industrial materials related to design and manufacture of contemporary products; design process of material properties and traditional technologies relative to the form and function of design objects. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 342 : Metals Manufacturing

Prerequisites: DAI 321, DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Contemporary metals design and manufacturing processes. Evolution of metal forming practices from traditional to computer-based automated processes. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 344 : Plastics for Design

Prerequisites: DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: History and development of the plastics industry; basic materials, processes, technology, and application for design. Laboratory. Extra fee required.
Units: 3

DAI 356 : A History of Design and Technology

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: History of modern design and attendant technology issues. Antecedents of modern design in product design, visual communications, and allied sectors in design. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 360 : Model Development Laboratory

Prerequisites: DAI 300 or equivalent. DAI 323, DAI 356, DAI 370, and DAI 305 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Rudiments of model building for the industrial designer. Production of various levels of models including presentation-grade models. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 360 : Model Development Laboratory

Prerequisites: DAI 300 or equivalent. DAI 323, DAI 356, and DAI 370 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.
Description: Rudiments of model building for the industrial designer. Production of various levels of models including presentation-grade models. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 370 : Colloquium

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: History, issues, and trends regarding design, technology, and industry. Planning, designing, and developing a program of study in design and industry. Employment outlook and career information. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 405 : How to Develop, Patent, and Market an Idea

Prerequisites: None
Description: Presentations by experts from the field concerning consumer trends, procedures, pitfalls, advantages, and disadvantages involved in developing, patenting, and marketing new ideas or products.
Units: 3

DAI 410 : Product Design 2

Prerequisites: DAI 300, DAI 305, DAI 310, DAI 321, DAI 420, or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Introduction to the product design and development process: people, process and product. User/market research, product development documentation, concept visual, models and applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 420 : Rapid Visualization

Prerequisites: DAI 370 with a grade of C or better; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Illustration of product and graphic design ideas. Three-dimensional sketching and rendering techniques. Classwork, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 421 : Technical Drawing 2: 3-D Solid Modeling

Prerequisites: DAI 321 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Industry standard computer-aided drafting. Use of digital computer to develop working drawings in architectural and industrial design. Practice with industrial input and output device. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 425 : Graphic Design 2: Typography

Prerequisites: DAI 322 and 325 with grades of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Typographic design and its use in the problem solving process of layout design. Classic design exercises and experimentation in contemporary applications of type and letterforms as design elements. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 427 : Digital Media 2

Prerequisites: DAI 327 with grade of C or better; upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Rich media design strategies and authoring techniques featuring graphical interaction, motion graphics, sound and video content for Web and mobile platforms. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 430 : Industrial Controls

Prerequisites: DAI 332 or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: DC/AC concepts associated with motors, generators, transformers, control devices, and electrical distribution systems as they pertain to industry applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 460 : Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Systems

Prerequisites: DAI 300, DAI 305, DAI 310, and DAI 321, or equivalent or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Design applications for Rapid Prototyping and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) systems; Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), integration methodologies and flexible manufacturing systems. Classwork, 2 units; lab 1 unit. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 470 : Portfolio Development

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Development, types, containers of visual materials for showing the products of a student in a handy format, ready for presentation upon completion of schooling. May be repeated for a total of 2 units. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 475 : Topics in Design and Industry

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Topic and units to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 1-3

DAI 475 : Exploring Package Design

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Focuses on the graphic elements of package design in consumer point of purchase products. Brand names, trademark designs, target markets, bid proposals, and design presentation styles are explored. Industrial visitations and guest presenters from industry. Of special value to students in advertising, marketing, TPW, and graphic communication.
Units: 3

DAI 475 : Introduction to Solar Energy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Introduction to solar energy including active, passive and photovoltaic systems. Applications of technology and systems to residential, industrial and consumer electronics markets.
Units: 3

DAI 505 : Research and Development Laboratory

Prerequisites: DAI major; senior standing; and all DAI core requirements; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Culminating DAI problem-solving experience. Initiating an industrial research and development project; conducting all phases of the design development, from initial research, testing and prototyping, along with feasibility analysis and presentation. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 510 : Product Design 3

Prerequisites: Upper division, graduate, or second BA standing; DAI majors; DAI 300, DAI 310, DAI 321, DAI 410, DAI 420, and/or consent of instructor.
Description: Integration of design skills established in introductory courses and designing for human needs. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 521 : Technical Drawing 3: Advanced Modeling and Rendering

Prerequisites: DAI major; DAI 321 and DAI 421, or consent of instructor.
Description: Advanced techniques in solid and surface modeling and rendering, using computer aided design software and rendering programs to create accurate and visually compelling 3-D models; rapid prototyping component. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 523 : Information Design I: Data Visualization

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 323, DAI 356, DAI 370, and DAI 300, DAI 322, DAI 325, DAI 327; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Introduction to the field of information design focusing on data visualization problems for digital media, print, and environmental communication. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 524 : Information Design 2: Exhibit Design

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; DAI 300, DAI 305, DAI 322, DAI 323, DAI 356, DAI 370, and DAI 310 or DAI 325 or DAI 327 with a grade of C or better; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Development of multimedia materials for presentations and exhibits. Methods of communicating diverse subject matter through various media, three dimensional devices, and representative models. Laboratory.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 525 : Graphic Design 3: Advanced

Prerequisites: DAI 425 with grade of C or better or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Application of design principles in the solution of complex design projects. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 527 : Digital Media 3

Prerequisites: DAI 327 and DAI 427 with grades of C or better or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Focused experimentation and production in topics such as motion graphics, digital compositing, and interaction design. Laboratory. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 532 : Applied Digital Electronics

Prerequisites: DAI 332 or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Study of basic Transistor-Transistor-Logic (TTL) gates, combinational logic systems, counters, registers, encoders, decoders, Analog/Digital (A/D), D/A, and the tools/techniques used for analysis and application of digital circuits. Laboratory. Extra fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 575 : Workshop

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary. Laboratory. Extra fee may be required. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

DAI 575 : Laboratory Practices

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: The selection of processes and materials in relation to utility and design of products. The best method for converting the raw materials into the finished product by the most economical and practical method. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 575 : Managing Technical Activities

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Organizing technical laboratory facilities, maintenance of tools and equipment, and the study of effective laboratory planning. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3

DAI 575 : Microcomputer Applications in Graphic Reproduction

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Advanced studies in graphic reproduction topics including: copyfitting, line and halftone conversions, electronic image generation, print quality assurance, and print cost estimation are explored in detail. Microcomputer applications and software packages are emphasized. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 575 : Related Technology

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Modern methods of problem solving through development of skills in processes and material selection and uses. Laboratory practices and research in concentration area selected. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 575 : Technical Components

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Designed to give students the opportunity to relate theoretical knowledge to technical experimentation in a laboratory situation under faculty supervision. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 576 : Practical Experience: Internship

Prerequisites: Completion of DAI 323, 356, and 370; upper division standing; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: In-service experience in a special field. Directed experience in teaching and/or industry. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 627 : Advanced Projects in Visual Communication Design

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; restricted to DAI majors.
Description: Development of student-driven project in advanced areas of digital and/or print media. Topics may include programming in design, physical computing, mobile media, corporate identity, information design. Exta fee required. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 700 : Seminar in Design Research

Prerequisites: Graduate Essay Test must be taken within 6 months of starting graduate program.
Description: Seminar in research methodology and introduction to the graduate program. Must be completed in first semester of enrollment. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 750 : Seminar in Industrial Design Education

Prerequisites: DAI 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Principles and practices for teaching industrial design curriculum including planning of curriculum, design of content, and creation of learning tools with consideration for experiential learning methods. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 755 : Seminar in Design Management

Prerequisites: DAI 700 or consent of instructor.
Description: Students create a production using their project management skills throughout the experience. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 800 : Seminar in Design Topics

Prerequisites: DAI 700 or equivalent.
Description: Design theory and practice. Special techniques in individual and group approaches to problem solving. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

DAI 805 : Seminar in Design Methodology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

DAI 805 : Industrial Design

Prerequisites: DAI 300, DAI 410, or equivalent, and consent of instructor.
Description: Perspectives by leading Bay Area designers regarding contemporary strategy for industrial design solutions. Open to all students. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 805 : Visual Communications

Prerequisites: DAI 300, 325, 327 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of contemporary strategies and professional practices in the field of graphic communication design. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

DAI 852 : Directed Experience in Design and Industry

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser, supervising faculty member, and department chair.
Description: Specified activities related to studies in industrial and technology education, design, or industrial technology. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 894 : Creative Work Project

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and departmental graduate committee; and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and major adviser and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

DAI 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Enrollment by petition approved by the supervising instructor, the major adviser, and the department chair.
Description: Special study of a particular problem in industry or industrial education conducted under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
SF State Home