Courses

Descriptions of several of the courses I generally teach.

ART115 History of Graphic Design
A historical survey of graphic design history from the 1400s to the 20th century.
ART130 Drawing I
An introduction to representational drawing.
ART208 Computer Illustration
An introduction to the use and understanding of vector drawing.
ART215 Typography
An introduction to the use and understanding of type in design.
ART227 Web Graphics
An introduction to HTML and CSS to build basic web sites.
ART230 Graphic Design I
An introduction to the principles and elements of design to build portfolio worthy design projects.
ART231 Graphic Design II
A continuation of GDI, building more advanced portfolio worthy design projects.
ART232 Portfolio Seminar – Wednesday Class
The culmination of your design studies, building a portfolio for transfer or career pursuits.
ART232 Portfolio Seminar – Thursday Class
The culmination of your design studies, building a portfolio for transfer or career pursuits.
Below are the courses I generally teach:
ART 115 History of Graphic Design

Course Description

This course surveys the field of graphic design and visual communications from the earliest written languages through contemporary graphic design practice. The course will help the student develop a visual vocabulary, introduce major design figures and movements, provide a historical context for design thought and practice while emphasizing the design profession as an artistic discipline.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and identify the stylistic distinctions among the various historic design movements.
  • Explain the techniques and tools used in the various design movements.
  • Define the technical terms associated with the graphic design industry.
  • Identify cultural changes that affected the visual appearance of various design movements.
  • Identify important historical artist/designers that contributed to the various historic design movements.
ART 130 Drawing I

Course Description

This course is an introductory level foundation course in drawing. A variety of media and subject matter including still life will be a focus in this course. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to draw utilizing perceptual means incorporating the basic properties of line, value, scale, proportion, figure-ground relationship and texture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to activate the concept of the picture plane.
  • Produce cohesive composition.
  • Diagram perspective.
  • Create the illusion of three-dimensional forms and space on a two-dimensional plane. Integrate critical thinking skills through completed artworks and formal critiques.
ART 208 Computer Illustration

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the computer as a drawing, illustration, and design tool. Students will gain an understanding of the creation of drawings and illustrations and their practical applications in digital media and art. Students will be given hands-on instruction on Apple Macintosh computers using a current object-oriented, vector drawing program. Contemporary and historic styles of illustration will be introduced with an emphasis on aesthetic, technical, and conceptual practices. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the fundamental skills of object-based drawing and illustration through perspective, scale, weight and proportion.
  • Utilize type as an expressive element.
  • Print Postscript graphics on black & white and color printers.
  • Solve projects in a unique and creative manner.
  • Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
ART 215 Typography

Course Description

This intermediate level course for graphic design majors concerns itself with the characteristics and design applications of type used in printed and digital matter. Students plan and produce a series of portfolio-quality projects to explore the use of type as a design element. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Use the principles of positive/negative space, rhythm, texture and composition in manipulating letterforms as design elements.
  • Select appropriate typefaces that enhance verbal messages.
  • Identify and categorize commonly used type families.
  • Employ letter, word and line spacing that enhance the appearance and readability of type.
  • Arrange and assemble display and text in a page layout relating it to other design elements.
  • Apply typographic hierarchy to organize a page layout.
  • Solve projects in a unique and creative manner.
  • Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
ART 227 Web Graphics

Course Description

This course introduces students to design for the World Wide Web (WWW). The focus of this course will be aesthetic design that is functional and that encourages, enhances, and simplifies the web browsing experience. Students learn to design effective interactive websites using industry standard software, Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) editors and other web development software. Students will explore interface theory, design principles and develop visually rich web pages through hands-on experience. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.

 

Upon successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

  • Employ the theory and principles of effective user interface design.
  • Apply the basic design principles to the structure of XHTML formatted web documents with emphasis on the visual aesthetic.
  • Organize effective navigation between various interface designs.
  • Apply basic XHTML code to web documents using visual editing software.
  • Use image-editing software to produce optimized web graphics.
  • Use a professional quality visual editor to develop and maintain web sites.
  • Transfer files to a server using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
  • Solve projects in a unique and creative manner.
  • Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
ART 230 Graphic Design I

Course Description

This is an intermediate level course for graphic design majors. Through a series of projects students learn to employ basic design concepts in solving different types of visual communications problems. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.

Upon successful completion a student will be able to:

  • Combine type and image in a layout to communicate an idea or message.
  • Interpret and represent an idea by means of a mark or symbol.
  • Interpret advertising copy and incorporate it in a design.
  • Demonstrate visual gestalt principles in solving a design problem.
  • Use traditional graphic design tools and techniques to develop a design concept from sketch to tight comprehensive layout.
  • Evaluate visual solutions to design problems verbally and in writing.
  • Solve projects in a unique and creative manner.
  • Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills via the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
ART 231 Graphic Design II

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Graphic Design I. In this course students refine skills and work habits related to the creative process for solving visual communication problems. Projects emphasize the development of design priorities and alternatives based on client need and production constraint. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.



Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Write and interpret the requirements of a design brief.
  • Apply basic design principles to the organization and use of type, color and composition in a multi-page publication.
  • Design and mock-up a basic package design.
  • Solve a simple interface design problem.
  • Present a design project to a client both verbally and visually.
  • Solve projects in a unique and creative manner.
  • Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
ART 232 Portfolio Seminar

Course Description

This advanced-level course for graphic design majors covers the creation and selection of artwork required in job, college transfer and co-op interview situations. Demonstration, discussion, independent study and formal critiques will augment studio work.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Select, critique and refine a body of personal artwork that represents a range of artistic abilities and media.
  • Mount and present artwork in a professional manner.
  • Create a logical sequence for personal artwork presentation.
  • Examine and select portfolio pieces appropriate for a specific interview.
  • Archive two and three-dimensional work on appropriate media.
  • Select a portfolio format appropriate for a specific audience.
  • Design and produce a self-promotional leave-behind.
  • Write and design a resume or intention letter.
  • Define and solve a design problem that exhibits integration of studio skills from several courses.
  • Make a portfolio presentation to a small group outlining project objectives, methods and materials.
  • Solve projects in a unique and creative manner.
  • Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process

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