Link to: Foundation and General Visual Arts courses

DES 2400: Letterpress Workshop

Students become familiar with hot-type technology and relief printing, together with their contemporary aesthetic possibilities in both the applied and fine arts. Hands-on experience with handset, moveable type is provided, and traditional and experimental techniques are explored. No previous typographic experience is required.

Credits: 3

Department: Graphic Design
DES 2450: Digital Media for Designers I

Focuses on developing technical and practical skills in digital typesetting, image making, composition, and layout. Students are introduced to software applications (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), digital fonts, and techniques for creating print output. Topics include digital literacy and the influence of digital tools on contemporary graphic design. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

COREQ: DES2500

Department: Graphic Design
DES 2460: Digital Media for Designers II

This continuation of DES 2450 introduces students to digitally delivered, time-based, and interactive media. Software applications (Adobe Dreamweaver, After Effects) are used to expand upon the work of DES 2450. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

COREQ: DES2600

PREREQ: DES2450 Or VDE2450

Department: Graphic Design
DES 2500: Word and Image I

An introduction to the professional program in graphic design and visual communications. Emphasis is on skill development in controlling the performance of elements within a field; generation, refinement, and analysis of graphic forms and representations through a variety of drawing techniques; development of symbols and icons; and composition, variation, and discovery of word/image relationships through experimentation and play. Historical typographic distinctions are also explored. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

COREQ: DES2450

Department: Graphic Design
DES 2600: Word and Image II

This continuation of DES 2500 examines the representation of ideas through typography and images, with intensive explorations of typographic and type/image hierarchy (through placement, scale, weight, juxtaposition), theme and variation, and problem-solving techniques. Students also explore a range of image-making techniques as a means of expressing ideas. Projects evolve from theory-based exercises to applied campaigns (brochures, posters, on-screen messaging). Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

COREQ: DES2460

PREREQ: DES2500 Or VDE2500

Department: Graphic Design
DES 2750: Book Structures

This hands-on intensive bookbinding workshop investigates the relationship between content and book structures. Students follow the development of the book from scrolls to case-bound sewn books from the perspective that the way a book is made structures what it communicates.

Credits: 3

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3090: Interactive Design

An intensive exploration into interactive design with information, objects, and spaces, building on DES 2460 and 3800. Class projects explore what is needed when working with programmatic instructions: thinking rigorously and methodically while also exploring the tools of design. This allows an interactive experience to move beyond the sum of its instructions to become “living” and “responsive.” Topics include navigational systems, nonlinear organization, HTML, and CSS.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (DES2460 Or VDE2460 )

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3190: Motion Graphics for Designers

Builds on the principles and skills of time-based and interactive design introduced in DES 2460. Technique, theory, and practice are further explored through projects using time, on-screen spatiality, transition, kinetic typography, narrative, and sound. Projects address linear and nonlinear environments such as film and television titling, DVD menus, web splash pages, and graphics for mobile devices.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES2460 Or VDE2460

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3200: Advanced Typography

Students are encouraged to further explore and develop individualized approaches to typographic problems, with emphasis on experimentation, communication, and advanced application of typography. Projects focus on letterforms as image, typographic metaphor, and text typography. Areas of investigation include the shape, texture, and division of text; typographic grid, layout, and systems; book design and advanced problems of word/image relationships. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES2600 Or VDE2600

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3240: Design Issues

Current issues of theory, methodology, and practice confronting graphic designers are explored through readings, discussions, and designed responses. Topics include modernist and postmodernist manifestos; semiotics, deconstructionism, and feminism; the role of the graphic designer in society; branding and visualizing data; copyright law; sustainability; and designing for a digital world and local and global economies. Students produce a final research project. Open to students interested in design; highly recommended for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3265: Social Design

A combined lecture/studio course that examines ethical and social issues in contemporary artistic production and design. The goal is to develop active research about such urgent issues as ecology, body politics and gender, race and urban justice, and human rights, with respect to new futures. Projects incorporate art installations, visualizations, websites, performances, and public campaigns by focusing on creative public engagement.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: NME2100 Or (DES2600 And DES2460 )

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3300: History of Graphic Design Survey

Focuses on print communication, primarily graphic design, in the Western world from the late 19th century to the present. A brief summary of important historical precedents launches a chronological series of lectures on significant movements and individuals and the economic, political, and technological developments that have influenced modern and contemporary print communication.

Credits: 4

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3440: Typographic Investigations

An introduction to type design. Topics include manipulation of pre-existing letterforms, proportional systems, legibility, critical theory, information design, and developments in technology. Participants learn about decisions inherent in developing typefaces for print and screen and analyze historical and contemporary examples of typographic innovation. Software includes Fontlab.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES3200 Or VDE3200

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3510: Word and Image III

Emphasizes the development and evaluation of word and image through advanced studies and pragmatic applications. Development of an identity system, applied printed and electronic matter, issues of imagery, relationship to audience, ethics, information theory, and research methods are explored. Students are encouraged to explore the balance between individualized approaches, vision, and appropriateness. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES2600 Or VDE2600

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3550: Junior Seminar

Explores the possibilities and realities of design practice. Students develop a portfolio and a personalized identity package, including a website, modular digital portfolio, letterhead, cover letter, and résumé. Discussions revolve around current issues in the field, professional options, the business of design, and freelancing. Includes guest speakers and field trips to design studios, museums, and related events. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES3510

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3610: Word and Image IV

Focusing on applications of 3-D visual communications (e.g., packaging, exhibition, signage design), students explore problems of human and environmental scale, display typography, interactivity, object containment and reflection, visual systems, and color through a variety of applied projects. Construction techniques, model making, and familiarity with materials are balanced with concerns for relationship of form, function, and idea. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES3510 Or VDE3510

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3800: Design for the Web

Contemporary web-based communication design is introduced and examined. Students analyze existing sites as well as explore and experiment with formal, conceptual, and technological developments specific to the restrictions and capabilities of the web. Specific attention is paid to the role of the designer in the creation of a website, user experience, screen-based typography, and innovative design. Recommended for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES2460 Or VDE2460

Department: Graphic Design
DES 3950: Studio Assistant (Graphic Design)

Students gain technical professional experience by helping provide a safe and well-functioning studio environment for their fellow students. Studio assistants are expected to have advanced standing in their media area and a thorough understanding of current professional practices. Duties include basic maintenance and demonstrations of equipment, independent or group tutorials and workshops, weekly meetings, and other responsibilities assigned by the sponsoring instructional technician. A maximum of 4 credits in DES 3950 (or a combined maximum of 6 credits in VIS 3998 and DES 3950) may be applied toward the BFA.

Credits: 2

Department: Graphic Design
DES 4090: Senior Seminar

Explores the possibilities and realities of design practice after graduation. Students develop a portfolio, enter competitions, and design a personalized identity package, including a website, modular digital portfolio, letterhead, cover letter, and résumé. Discussions revolve around current issues in the field, professional options, the business of design, and freelancing. Includes guest speakers and field trips to design studios, museums, and related events. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES3610 Or VDE3610

Department: Graphic Design
DES 4100: Community Design

Brings senior graphic design students together in a collaborative design studio, simulating a “real world” professional studio situation. Students work directly with on-campus and nonprofit off-campus clients. Under the supervision of the faculty member, the students assume complete responsibility for the concept and development of multiple design solutions, production, printing, scheduling, maintaining client relationships, billing, etc. Required for graphic design majors.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: (DES3200 Or VDE3200 ) And (DES3510 Or VDE3510 )

Department: Graphic Design
DES 4170: Advanced Web Design: Special Projects

Based on the model of DES 4100, this special upper-level course provides advanced students in graphic design and new media with professional experience working as a team on a real job for a real client.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DES3090 Or DES3800

Department: Graphic Design
DES 4600: Experimental Book

Students are encouraged to reconsider what a book is and expand the boundaries of the traditional codex book through workshops in experimental formats, integration of word and image, form and content, sequencing, and physical structure. This may include a variety of projects and the study of video and film structure, historical and contemporary artists’ books, and innovative trade books.

Credits: 3

Department: Graphic Design
DES 4790: Artist/Writer Workshop

The ideas and skills inherent in visual arts and literature are combined toward an integrated expression in this interdisciplinary course. Students confront issues of form, word and image relationships, sequence, storytelling, semiotics, and visual/experimental literature. Skills are developed through a sequence of exercises, including Dada poetry and other writing (continuous, automatic, multiple points of view); titling objects; building a narrative; story development; typographic settings of original text; and writing and designing for the visual book, performance, and other time-based media. Students choose the medium for their final projects; collaborations are encouraged.

Credits: 3

Department: Graphic Design