Graphic Design I: Principles and Practices for Artists and Designers

Winter 2022
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 40
4 Credits per quarter
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This course (GD1) is a remote, home-studio intensive course where students study the power of graphic design and experiment with fundamental principles and practices in image-making, typography, and visual composition through project-based assignments.

In GD1, our work together will focus on both hand-work and digital design with Adobe Spark, a user-friendly and powerful web-based computer software application. Students also have the option of setting their own learning goals for engaging with the Adobe Creative Cloud design applications, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. All students will be given remote access to an Adobe Creative Cloud license while enrolled.

GD1 is the first in a three-course sequence (GD1, GD2, and GD3), which builds from developing skills and visual acuity into design-led thinking and making. This three-course sequence emphasizes interdisciplinary design and meaningful design work in a social context. All three courses are designed to engage students across a wide range of interests, from commercial to social and artistic. Assignments support the development of design skills and clear and impactful communication but also invite playful, radical, or conceptual interpretations. The courses move from the fundamentals of effective visual communication (GD1) to direct application work that is focused on design concept creation, brand identity development, and publication design (GD2) to capstone work in student-originated visual identity development, web design, and the creation of a professional digital portfolio (GD3).

In order to participate in this remote-learning course, students will need access to a laptop or desktop computer (newer if seeking Adobe software competencies), digital camera (phone is fine), access to the internet, and a flat working surface. We will use the course site Canvas and meet on Zoom. Synchronous participation in the four hours of class is required, and students can expect to spend an additional 6-8 hours per week completing assignments. Students successfully completing the requirements for this course will earn 4 credits in Graphic Design: Fundamental Principles and Practices.


Winter 2022 Registration

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(4): 20342

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Preparatory For

Independent artist/designer, publication design, textile design, web designer or administrator, publication or corporate design, social entrepreneur, arts fundraiser or agent, market researcher, design researcher or manager

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Special Expenses

Students can expect to spend $80 on textbooks and supplies.


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