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Graphic Design Courses

BFA Statement and Exhibtion

Course No. GDS 466  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick

This is the second half of core class for the Senior year of study in the major. This is the realization phase of the BFA thesis presented at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: Students must be working toward a BFA in one of the Design Environment departments. Other students may be admitted with permission of the instructor. Offered spring.

BFA Thesis

Course No. GDS 465  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mari Hulick

This is the core class for the Senior year of study in the major. The class meets weekly for presentations and to develop research skills and strategic practice. This is the research and idea-phase of the BFA thesis presented in the spring. Presentation, research, and ideational skills are stressed. Offered fall.

Contemporary Marketing + Art Direction

Course No. GDS 367  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal

Focuses on using communication design and visualization skills to communicate ideas in print and in new media. Heavy emphasis on conceptualization. Classroom discussions along with critiques set up to mimic actual creative department environment. Offered fall.

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 Communication 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 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.

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 Communication 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: CDS265 Design for Communication I or permission of spring instructor. Offered spring.

Experimental Film + Video Art

Course No. PHV 240-340-440  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Sarah Paul
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

This is an advanced video course, investigating the scope of symbolic and improvisatory cinematic storytelling. Students will explore unconventional methods of video acquisition, manipulation, processing, editing and display. Students will be able to delve into media hybrids, and rather than established narrative forms, underscoring metaphorical poetic styles that inform the structure of the work. Emphasis is on the development of acute observational skills and innovative visualization techniques and encourages divergent thinking and cognitive flexibility. This course is for students who have a sustained interest in using video and digital cinema’s technologies as part of their art-making. Required of Photo Majors in the Video track. Open Elective. Prerequisite: PHV267 Video/Digital Cinema I or signature of instructor.

Experimentation in Electronic Arts II

Course No. TIM 416  Credits: 3.0

This is a seminar class that guides students in the development and realization of a semester long research project in electronic arts. Projects can be in a wide range of areas, hybrid thinking and intermedia approaches are strongly encouraged. Topics in the theory and history of contemporary art related to current and emerging practices will also be discussed. The class is designed to allow for synthesis of content from earlier studies into significant finished work that will be shown in an exhibition planned, managed and coordinated by the students under the direction of the instructor. Offered spring.

Graphic Design for Non-Majors

Course No. GDS 200  Credits: 3.0

This course is designed to teach the basics of graphic and communication design to non-Graphic Design majors. Students will be introduced to the key graphic elements of hierarchy, grid, typography, and organizing principles of design. While students learn these basics, they will also be introduced to the concepts of User Focus and User Experience design. The assignments are geared to help the students develop strategic thinking skills as they hone their graphic communication skills.

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Mari Hulick

Associate Professor

Designer, writer, amateur historian and nascent bread baker, Mari has been involved with information design an...more

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