Students in Graphic Design III complete advanced individual and team design projects that investigate problems of visual communication and demonstrate professional presentation skills. In this course, students explore, question, and redefine their design skills utilizing all knowledge gained in previous courses. Students apply verbal and written communication skills to professional practices in graphic design, which includes building a professional portfolio. Narrative projects, group collaboration, self-identity campaigns, and strategies for community-based graphic design are areas that challenge students to develop their own content, establish their point of view, and engage the designer and audience in a dialogue.
In this course, students learn the design concepts and skills required to develop interactive content for the web. This class focuses on the merging of aesthetics and usability in interface design, designing information architecture, and designing for satisfactory user experience.
In this course, students gain valuable professional experience through on- and off-campus graphic design internships. Students apply graphic design knowledge gained in previous courses in the professional environment. They assist with the day-to-day operations of a professional graphic design firm, including client presentations. Students share this real-world experience with their peers by way of class presentations.
In this culminating course, students learn to develop systems and methodologies for solving real-world, pragmatic design problems. Self-motivated projects strengthen individual processes and problem-solving capabilities. Students begin by identifying an area of research and discussing its relationship to graphic design. The idea of “designer as author” is emphasized. Students address social, environmental, political, linguistic, philosophical, and cultural issues through an independent, self-authored graphic design project that requires experimentation, adaptability, and specialization. Upon graduation students are expected to have developed a refined, intelligent, professional body of work.
Through critiques combined with research, writing, and discussion of contemporary topics in graphic design, graduate students build a research framework for production of independent and/or team graphic design projects. In addition, students may create materials for professional development, including but not limited to an artist’s statement, teaching philosophy, resume/CV, and professional portfolio.
After passing to thesis and selecting a thesis committee, graduate students enroll in ART 8000 Thesis Research: Graphic Design with the chair of the thesis committee. Students are expected to write an articulate proposal outlining creative, formal, and research goals for the thesis year. Their work culminates in a written thesis and a professionally mounted solo exhibition.