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GD 101 Intro to Graphic Design: Letters, Logos, Symbols

This is an introduction to the fundamental elements and skills of graphic design. Projects introduce the possibilities and principles of design. Emphasis is placed on learning formal relationships while exploring the expressive potential of type. Students will create visual compositions in which typography and original play a primary role in communicating ideas. The use of graphic design tools, materials and methodology are learned throughout the semester. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

GD 102 Intro to Graphic Design: Typography

This course introduces the basic principles of typography. Students learn how to work with type with respect to concept and informational hierarchy. Projects involve experimentation with methods of organizing and integrating type and images into visually compelling compositions and effective communication. Emphasis is on 2D and sequential typography as a communication language. The principles of type in motion will be introduced. As a final project, students write, design and produce their own limited-edition book. Major requirement. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

GD 201 Advanced Letterform & Symbol

Projects introduce the student to the design of complex visual systems and include investigations into the use of letterform design as an expressive element of communication. Students create proportional and conceptual relationships in letterforms in order to optimize visual messages. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: GD 101.

GD 202 Advanced Typographic Design

This course builds on the fundamentals introduced in GD102 and is an advanced investigation into conventional and unconventional forms of typography. 2D and time-based projects provide exposure to complex issues of organization, hierarchy and sequence in traditional and contemporary typographic communication. Special attention is given to refinement, detail, and finishing skills in all forms of typographic design while understanding the significance of context and audience, as well as the voice and narrative potential of type. Major requirement.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: GD 102.

GD 302 Information Design - Mapping

Selected readings, presentations and projects introduce methodology for working with data visualization: maps, diagrams, charts, timelines, interfaces and graphs. Students will consider mapping as a cross-disciplinary art form that is rooted in information design and which has been transformed by technology.  Assignments will include a long-term field based mapping assignment. Exercises include color, hierarchy, typography and readability. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: GD 101 and GD 102, or permission of instructor.

GD 311- 411 Design Topics: Core Studio

This project-based course emphasizes the potential for artistic/conceptual expression within the practice of the designer. Sequential and intensive projects will place emphasis on the presentation, articulation, editing and refining of work that defines individual designer portfolios.  Major requirement for GD Juniors and GD Seniors. 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Major standing.

GD 321 Design Workshop I

This course introduces motivated graphic design majors to a wide range of projects, including hands-on opportunities in creating work for actual clients. Students will practice design methodology, strategic thinking and collaborative design processes. Focus is on the details involved with the actual ideation, production and publication of work. Students will work with community clients, budgets, and real deadlines. Client partnerships are developed as students learn skills in presenting ideas and directing discussions. This course is modeled on a professional working environment.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: 6 GD credits or permission of instructor.

GD 351 Web Design

This course is offered for students interested in producing work for, or showing preexisting work on, the World Wide Web. Students learn the basics of web site development. Special attention is paid to the development of site content, the graphical user interface, site architecture, and the pragmatics of web communication. Emphasis in projects is placed on the web as a dynamic visual environment. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging, or Time-Based Art and Introductory Digital Video. Highly recommended for New Media students.

GD 353 Design Issues & History

Studio projects, readings, and student presentations will expose and examine contemporary issues and design history that affect the way we perceive and inform the practice of design. Sequential projects will not only engage the student in critical thinking and research specific to design methodology, but will inform the individual's arena of form and context. Major requirement. 3 credits; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: GD 102 and 101 or 202.

GD 450 Design Thesis – Studio

This course is devoted to independent self-directed projects in graphic design, which are proposed, designed, written, and produced by each student on an individual basis. Faculty members serve as project advisors; this course is the studio component of the Senior Seminar course: Synthesis. Thesis projects involve visual research relating to a specific semester-long topic of visual communication. An appropriate form of presentation for the project in the Senior Thesis Exhibition and a separate written summary culminate in book form. Major requirement. 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: Major standing.