BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    GD 102

    Design Basics: Typography and Image

    This course introduces the basic principles and opportunities of using typography as a vehicle of expression and communication. Students learn how to employ type with respect to informational hierarchy and other design strategies and methodologies. Projects involve experimentation in the integration of type with images and organizing them into visually compelling compositions with effective communication. Typography as a vehicle of creative expression is explored; typographic classification and identification is introduced. Emphasis is placed on 2-dimensional design and sequential typography which culminates in a project where students design and produce their own limited-edition book. Major requirement. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : None

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    GD 275

    Hand Lettering and Word Marks

    This course provides training in hand lettering styles and the creation of word marks. Students begin a study of hand lettering and learn the processes that (with dedication) will eventually lead to mastery. The course includes a separate track for the study of calligraphy which is available to 3rd and 4th year students. There will also be an optional component focused on lettering coordinated to hand-drawn images. This course serves all disciplines in the college that can include lettering as an artistic component, and provides all students with an intensive study of the visual aspect of written communication.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisite. Calligraphy track: Junior or Senior level standing.

    3 credits
    GD 302

    Information Design

    The goal of this studio course is to introduce students to basic principles of information design. Students will spend the semester exploring methods of collecting and categorizing data in order to reveal connections and create a better understanding of complex subjects. Assignments and presentations will explore traditional forms of data visualization – maps, diagrams, charts, time lines, interfaces and graphs – in both historical and contemporary contexts. Assignments will require both work in the field and within a studio environment. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites : Major standing or permission of instructor.

    3 credits
    GD 312

    Core Studio II

    This project-based course builds on the fundamentals introduced in Core I and emphasizes the potential for artistic/conceptual expression within the practice of the graphic designer. Sequential and intensive projects will place emphasis on the presentation, articulation, editing and refining of work that defines individual designer portfolios. Core Studio I continues the development of typographic practice from GD102 and extends practice in typographic structures into more complex methodologies of research, ideation and prototyping. Major requirement for GD Juniors. 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: Major standing.

    Prerequisites : GD 102

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    GD 380

    Interaction Design

    Introduces basic concepts, methods, and procedures of interactive design for desktop, mobile and beyond. Students investigate screen based visual systems as well as information structures for effective use and communication. Projects given will focus on a user-centered approach to interface design with strategies for audience definition, content development, information structuring, and navigation. Offers students the opportunities to learn tools and strategies for design, such as site maps, wireframes, prototypes, usability testing, and iterative development. Studies the potentials for leveraging both the social and locative possibilities of mobile devices through research, discussions, and project assignments. Major requirement.

    Prerequisites : 6 GD credits or permission of instructor

    3 credits
    GD 450

    Senior Independent Projects

    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 Synthesis Seminar course. 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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits. Major requirement: 3 credits/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits