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Academics . Graphic Design . Courses

Graphic Design Courses

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.

Graphic Design: Advanced Studio

Course No. GDS365  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Larry O'Neal | Thomas Nowacki

This is the core class for the second year (junior) of study in the major. The class works on client-based projects. All students work on the projects, all students present to clients, and one design is chosen to be realized. During the course, iterations and presentation skills are stressed as students learn how to navigate the crucial relationship with the client. Students work within realistic industry deadlines and adhere to specific current production requirements. Students will realize a number of presentations for clients throughout the year. They practice and realize both hard-copy and digital presentations. Research, empathy, and design skills are stressed. Pre-requisites: CDS203 Typography I and CDS265 Design for Communication I are strongly recommended. Offered fall.

Graphic Design: Advanced Studio

Course No. GDS 366  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Typography I | Design for Communication I

This is the core class for the second year (junior) of study in the major. The class works on client-based projects. All students work on the projects, all students present to clients, and one design is chosen to be realized. During the course, iterations and presentation skills are stressed as students learn how to navigate the crucial relationship with the client. Students work within realistic industry deadlines and adhere to specific current production requirements. Students will realize a number of presentations for clients throughout the year. They practice and realize both hard-copy and digital presentations. Research, empathy, and design skills are stressed. Prerequisites: GDS203 Typography I and GDS265 Design for Communication I. Offered spring.

Graphic Design: Internship

Course No. GDS399/499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by- case basis for an internship developed by student through the career services office, with advance permission of instructor and head of department.

Graphic User Interface: Information Architecture

Course No. GDS206/306/406  Credits: 3.0

In the information age, the presentation of information is of special importance. Information surrounds us at every moment: the phone bill, the weather forecast, global warming reports, the list of your friends on Facebook...all of this information must be organized in some fashion to make it meaningful. This course will focus on how designers and artists can effectively represent information in a visual format. Special emphasis will be placed on how information is used to persuade or affect us. Concepts explored will include informational systems and graphics developed for physical and electronic media. Students will architect informational systems in a medium of their choice (online, print, painting, etc.).

Graphics for Design

Course No. GDS237/238  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amy Nehez-Cuffaro | Mari Hulick

This course is designed to teach graphic presentation skills for non-majors in the first semester, and to help students create an effective professional presentation package in the second. The first semester focuses on developing an understanding of key graphic elements, including; grid, type and hierarchy. The second semester focuses on students using these elements to develop their personal portfolios and professional presentation packages. The emphasis of the entire course is to teach effective visual presentation skills. All assignments are geared to help the students develop overall presentation abilities, while building a basic understanding the keys elements of graphic and communication design. Offered spring. Prerequisite: GDS237 Graphics for Design or GDS265 Design for Communication I.

Hand Made Book

Course No. GDS309/409  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Eugene Pawlowski

This course will encompass an introduction to bookbinding tools and techniques. A hands on approach to the school's production facilities to afford students the opportunity to work with the potentials and limitations of the reproduction process. 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.

Image, Narrative, and Sequence

Course No. IME267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Elizabeth Halasz | Larry O'Neal | Lincoln Adams | Mark Tekushan | Mary Jo Toles

The concentration of this course is an intensive study on discussion and research of the aesthetics, techniques and problems of pre-production for digital media visual storytelling, for both linear and non-linear output. We will investigate ways in which to use more than characters to define mood and forward the narrative. We will focus on how elements such as subject/object positioning, background, props, timing, audio, camera angles, lighting, graphic design, composition of frames, and using suitable text enhance the communication of your ideas. We will hold regular presentations and critiques analyzing your composition of all visual and audio elements in progress and discuss methods in which to enhance everything to work together to tell a more complete, fully realized narrative. Emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary experimentation, students are encouraged to pursue personal and independent expression while giving full attention to researching and developing original concepts. Offered fall and spring.

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Mari Hulick

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

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