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Graphic Design Courses

Limited Edition Portfolio Publication

Course No. GDS 207-307-407  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Eugene Pawlowski

This course revolves around creation of a well designed, beautifully executed, printed and bound "leave behind" portfolio. Responsible experimentation with production tools and facilities is encouraged to expand and challenge the process. The course objectives will be pursued through explanations, demonstrations, and critiques.

Production Seminar

Course No. GDS 360  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Eugene Pawlowski

This required course begins with one simple question: What do you want to make? The rest of the course is devoted to learning how to "make things" in the vast array of facilities open to today's designers. The process of making things is approached from a practical side (understanding materials and digital tools) and a theoretical side (social responsibility and sustainability). Students learn to form successful teams to define and produce projects. Prerequisite: Design for Communication and Typography or Permission of the Instructor. Offered fall.

Publication Design

Course No. GDS 35X-45X  Credits: 3.0

This course covers contemporary issues in Publication Design. The aesthetic of type and image remains the most widespread media for graphic designers. Aspects of the printed word and image will be investigated and considered in this class by focusing on the process by which ideas are developed, conceived, written, edited, and ultimately presented. Publication Design will explore projects that will include exercises focused on working within a team, within budgets, with other professionals, and with key vendors. The sequence of the idea is stressed, including how these ideas are presented and revealed through a variety of publishing media.

Typography I

Course No. GDS 203  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Eugene Pawlowski

This is one of the two central classes in the first year of study in Communication Design (alongside Design for Communication I) In the first semester, students become familiar with the broader discipline of the field through the construction of abstract design concepts, layout, symbols, and sequential systems. Conceptual thinking and the integration of typography with imagery are explored throughout the course. In the 2nd semester, students investigate projects that follow the various sub-fields of the profession; projects include Identity, Web/Interactive, Information and Wayfinding. Students will be assigned multiple projects throughout the year. Each project begins with a lecture and demonstration of techniques. Each week, students practice presentation to the larger group in formal and informal critique and brainstorming sessions. Faculty will work one on one with students to answer questions and assist in the process. Reviews will be held at key points during each project. Offered fall.

Typography II

Course No. GDS 204  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Eugene Pawlowski
Prerequisite(s) Typography I

Through the use of studied, well designed and competently executed design solutions, we will emphasize the effective and sensitive use of typeforms in complex and sustained communication projects. The attributes of rhythm, proportion, hierarchy, and progression will be investigated, emphasized, and practiced to produce excellent quality professional solutions.

Projects are carried out in varying degrees of execution including sketchbook roughs, presentation sketches, laser comprehensives, and finished art. Thoughtful experimentation with the software and imaging equipment is encouraged to extend and challenge the process. The course objectives will be pursued through assigned projects, explanations, demonstrations, and group critiques. Prerequisite: GDS 203 Typography I or equivalent. Offered spring.

Visual Organization + Media

Course No. IME 200  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal | Mary Jo Toles

In this course students will develop better organization and composition, knowledge and appreciation for type, integration of type and grid, understanding hierarchy, and type as creative form. Students within IME take this course to help them consider sound design and layout principles in their own work, and organize information in combination with images created in their specific majors. This course is required for all students in Animation, Biomedical Art, Game Design, Illustration, Photography, T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts and Video majors and is open as an elective to students in any other major. Offered fall and spring.

Web Design/Interactive I

Course No. GDS 305  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Pat Lally
Prerequisite(s) Design for Communication I

Through this course, students will learn how to use different software tools to design, implement, and produce a Graphic User Interface. Our efforts will be mostly concentrated on creating web/internet/ interactive projects, as these will allow for the exercise of ideas and tools across the entire design spectrum. Students will have a grasp of the essential technology used for web applications: the Hyper-Text Markup Language (including HTML 5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You will be introduced to several techniques that will allow you to begin making interactive applications, which include PHP, JQuery and Javascript, as well as looking at user experience and design of apps for smart phone and pads. The course will also include an introduction to designing and creating Epub formats. Prerequisite: GDS265 Design for Communication I or permission of fall instructor.

Web Design/Interactive II

Course No. GDS 305B  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Pat Lally
Prerequisite(s) Web Design/Interactive I

This class builds and expands the study begun in Web Design/Interactive 1 (Graphic User Interface 1). Students move to more advanced structures and interface ideas. Experimental possibilities are explored as students develop web and portable device designs, furthering the skills learned in the first section of the class. Prerequisite: GDS 305 Web Design/Interactive I.

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Mari Hulick

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