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Design Center

Course No. IND 417  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Douglas Paige

This course functions as a professional design studio, placing an emphasis on client-based projects and interdisciplinary teamwork. All companies/organizations who are participating in the course make a financial commitment to CIA and intern team members are compensated. Compensation varies, but is based on the project budget, time commitment and individual contributions. The faculty, who will oversee the process, deliverables and schedule for each project, will determine studio responsibilities (enrollment requires prior approval by instructor). Offered fall and spring.

Design Center Learning

Course No. EP 417  Credits: 3.0

This course functions as a professional design studio, placing an emphasis on client-based projects and interdisciplinary teamwork. All companies/organizations who are participating in the course make a financial commitment to CIA and intern team members are compensated. Compensation varies, but is based on the project budget, time commitment and individual contributions. The faculty, who will oversee the process, deliverables and schedule for each project, will determine studio responsibilities. Prerequisites for Industrial Design majors: one year of industrial design training and approval by the course faculty. Prerequisite for non-Industrial Design majors: approval of the course faculty. Offered fall and spring.

Design for Communication I

Course No. GDS 265  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick

This is one of the two central classes in the first year of study in Graphic Design (alongside Typography). 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 second 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.

Design for Communication II

Course No. GDS 266  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick
Prerequisite(s) Design for Communication I

This is one of the two central classes in the first year of study in Graphic Design (alongside Typography). In this course, 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. Prerequisite: GDS265 Design for Communication I or permission of instructor. Offered spring.

Design I

Course No. FND 107  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amy Sinbondit | Jerry Birchfield Jr | Jessica Pinsky | Jimmy Kuehnle | Kevin Kautenburger | Lane Cooper | Petra Soesemann | Richard Fiorelli | Sai Sinbondit | Scott Goss | William Lorton

In this fundamental visual composition course, students learn the primary elements and principles of visual language, and are introduced to a range of formal and conceptual problems which become increasingly complex as the course progresses. Students are challenged to explore core design principles of visual organization in unique and challenging ways, and to gain the ability to problem-solve through ideation processes, group dialogue, perceptual refinement and skill management. Developing analytical skills and the ability to effectively engage in an on-going process of critique are also core components of the course. Design1 involves the planning and organization of the parts within a whole, through a sense of experimentation, risk taking and discovery. This course focuses primarily on two-dimensional forms but also gradually introduces three-dimensional forms. Material exploration and the development of strong manual skills in regard to visual acuity and craft sensitivity are a key aspect of every assignment. Knowledge and skills gained in concurrent Foundation program areas such as color, drawing and digital skills are fundamental for communicating ideas and are reinforced in Design 1. Offered fall.

Design II

Course No. FND 108  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jimmy Kuehnle | Kathy Buszkiewicz | Kevin Kautenburger | Petra Soesemann | Richard Fiorelli
Prerequisite(s) Design I

This course builds on the experiences of Design 1, with compositional and conceptual problems being explored fully in three dimensions in. Form, mass, volume, spatial interactions, material qualities, and physical forces are key factors. Students continue to learn to perceive and control visual relationships within the design structures they make. The aesthetic and conceptual potential of materials and processes (craft) are also vital aspects of this studio course. Creative processes of problem solving through research, investigation and ideation, together with an attitude of discovery, are required for all concept and project explorations. Ideational drawing, model making, material studies, and prototypes contribute to developing ideas to a high and thoughtful level. Various methods and approaches to giving form (such as additive, subtractive, assemblage and joinery) are challenges for every concept explored. Design 2 projects have the potential to be explored as sculpture, functional design, or even as hybrid. Students are challenged to follow their passions and gain experience in self- directing project outcomes. Prerequisite: FND 107 Design I. Offered spring.

Design Lab

Course No. FND 107L  Credits: 0.0

Design Lab class introduces woodshop safety and basic skills in machinery use. Students learn the fundamental characteristics of wood as a versatile medium, as well as appropriate construction methods for particular applications. Offered fall and spring.

Dialogue + Story

Course No. LLC 391  Credits: 3.0

In this course, we concentrate first on writing dialogues, looking at the ways in which conversation establishes character, creates and resolves conflict, and advances plot. We’ll see how these dialogues “play” first when we stage them, and then we put them back on the page and wrap stories around them. In-class, team-writing exercises are designed to jumpstart your ideas and provide working material. We’ll also take a look at excerpts from narratives by master storytellers, experiment with re-telling the story just through dialogue, and see how these artistic choices inevitably shape the content itself.

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