Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Explores creative investigations, workshops and strategies for letter design, logo design, info graphics and color in text and image presentations. From brainstorming, to thumbnails, to refinement in Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, projects give students the freedom to develop and strengthen a personal design vision. Contemporary art and culture is visual; we are all dependent on visual images and communication. ATEC, EMAC, and interested students from all degree backgrounds will gain practical knowledge regarding visual communication.
Our goal is to experiment with digital technology and eye-catching design, and to be bold with our decision-making, anticipating a sophisticated audience. Mastering the attitudes and characteristics communicated through line, shape, and color allows one to refine one's message; or, for example, allude more specifically to the ideas that create a corporate brand. Manipulating images and text across the layout, using empty space in dynamic ways, and daring to push the edges of the composition are devices pulled from the history of design and contemporary design.
Whether participating as a designer or visual artist, this class encourages individuals to strengthen and grow their design sensibilities. The elements and principles of design will be applied to complex problems. Strategies for idea development and problem solving will be presented. Class resources include concepts and images from early and recent design history, as well as current design dialogues, experimental design labs and contemporary design.
"Meggs' History of Graphic Design", any edition, by Phiip B. Meggs and Alston W. Purvis
"Graphic Design Essentials: Skills, Software, and Creative Solutions" by Joyce Macario and Joyce Walsh Macario (2008, Paperback)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Projects are digital and our Computer Lab provides access to Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The class projects are generally geared for students who are familiar with Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, however, enthusiastic students with very limited digital experience may benefit from small tutorials available for reference in the Joyce Macario recommended textbook. Students may bring their own laptops or use the in-class Computer Lab.
Other requirements include participation in individual 'work in development' critiques and group critiques.