Introduction to Graphic Design and Design Software: Learning and Applying the Fundamentals

Summer
Summer 2020 (Full Session)
Olympia
Olympia
Daytime
Day
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 20
48
Credits per quarter

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creative writing, philosophy, critical theory

Introduction to Graphic Design, including optional Introduction to Design Software is a remote-learning home-studio intensive course. Students can register for the first session module for 4 credits or the full summer session 8-credit course. In the first session, we will experiment with fundamental principles and practices in image-making, typography, and visual composition both by hand and with basic computer software and, optionally, with the aid of Adobe design software. Students that register for the full summer session (8 credits) will go on to build on their foundational knowledge by completing larger scale individual final projects in brand design to include crafting and responding to a design brief for a coffee shop concept as well as developing a design concept or project of their own choosing.

Students who choose to learn computer design software can expect to achieve beginning to intermediate technical competency with Adobe's InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator software through online self-paced instruction modules, assignments, and instructor support.

Students will assemble an individual web portfolio for this course that demonstrates their investigation of design principles and a range of elements showing their facility and engagement across all course materials.

Tech, Connectivity, and Home-Studio Space needs: In order to participate in this remote-learning course, students will need access to: a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer; digital camera; internet (at least intermittent for uploading and email); flat working surface; and, if pursuing digital design software competency, a newer laptop or desktop. Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The instructor will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings.

All students will receive and submit course assignments on Canvas following weekly submission deadlines. Students will participate in 2-4 hours of synchronous online work per week or will be given the option to participate asynchronously on Canvas, determining their own weekly schedule. Students should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on coursework.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

art, graphic design, publication design, web design, interior design, illustration

48

Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
Special expenses:

$120 for textbooks and art supplies.

Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 20
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 10:00 am
Remote/Online

Located in: Olympia