ART 4541 Special Studies: Motion Design

This course is an introduction to methods and processes of creat­ing motion graphics for broadcast and cinema. Students explore the relationship between still- and time-based design elements—such as type, image, composition, pacing, rhythm, sequencing, and sound—to create graphic communications. Students explore the variable of mo­tion in a series of narrative graphic design projects that build in complex­ity over the course of the semester. They work in analog and digital formats, using valuable tools and software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Ef­fects to create motion graphics that complement their individual aesthetic.


The Dance by Jeremy Grassman from Richard B. Doubleday on Vimeo.


Kelly Kral in Less Than A Minute by Darin Tran from Richard B. Doubleday on Vimeo.


Sweet Tooth by Christina Chang from Richard B. Doubleday on Vimeo.

ART 2342 / ART 4341 Papermaking

In papermaking, students explore the inherent properties of paper as both a medium and a support for creative expression. Students learn to use traditional materials for papermaking, such as cotton and linen, and are also encouraged to experiment with recycled materials, various plants found in the Louisiana landscape, and fibers from around the world.

In ART 2342 Introduction to Papermaking, students learn how to make paper by hand, using various two- and three-dimensional forming techniques. The course presents the history and process of papermaking as well as specific European and Japanese methods.

ART 4341 Advanced Papermaking builds on skills from ART 2342, introducing further concepts and methodologies in papermaking. Emphasis is placed on finding a personal voice and using paper as a vehicle for creative expression. Students are expected to develop skills in making paper and to use equipment such as the Hollander beaters and vacuum table. A required proposal outlines students’ directed work in, on, and of paper through a focused approach to their research and creative goals.

ART 2381 / ART 4381 Book Arts

In Book Arts, students master bookbinding by hand techniques—including pamphlet, Japanese stab, accordion, Western case, and alternative structures—while honing skills in design and typography. Students practice traditional and experimental approaches to the book, creating innovative pairings of concept and structure. Along with technical demonstrations and studio work, students visit Hill Memorial Library, where they view and handle rare, historic, and fine press books as well as books designed by contemporary book artists from LSU’s Special Collections. Students from a diverse set of disciplines, including creative writing, are welcome to join book arts courses.

ART 2381 Book Arts
 introduces students to the arts of the book. Students learn basic hand bookbinding techniques, such as the pamphlet, Japanese stab, accordion, and Western case structures. An introduction to relief printing and letterpress is provided. Traditional and experimental approaches to the book are explored.

Students in ART 4381 Advanced Book Arts are challenged to develop an individual direction and personal vision for their work. In-depth critiques and scheduled demonstrations in specialized techniques help to foster a sense of purpose and a logical evolution of visual and written work. Students are required to write a proposal outlining their conceptual, technical, and research goals relevant to the concerns of the course; contemporary artists’ books; and the development of a scholarly practice within the field of book arts.

ART 2392 / ART 4391 Digital Printmaking

ART 2382 Digital Printmaking offers an overview of digital printmaking practices, blending technological innovations with traditional printing methods. Through a structured series of projects, students work in the digital environment using Photoshop, Lightroom, and Maya, as well as other digital platforms, to generate imagery for their prints. Students work on three individual projects—one each in screen print, photo-lithography, and digital inkjet output—in preparation for a culminating project employing each of the media and technologies introduced in the course.

In ART 4391 Advanced and Alternative Digital Printmaking, students pursue experimental work in various digital print media. Building on the knowledge, skills, and imagery developed in Digital Printmaking, this course focuses on personal explorations in digital media, platform, and print output. This course is best suited to the needs of advanced printmaking and digital art undergraduate students as well as graduate students from photography and graphic design. It may be incorporated into BFA or MFA thesis projects as a corollary to focused research and practice.

ART 4661 Advanced Ceramics

Designed primarily as a self-directed creative semester, Advanced Ceramics is divided into studio and seminar components. For the studio component, students establish their own creative agendas while meeting with faculty—individually as well as in groups—to facilitate the adoption of successful studio methods leading towards significant artworks. For the seminar component, a central topic frames readings, discussions, research presentations, and writings while providing another way to view the individual creative production. Students are responsible for firing their own kilns, mixing and testing their glazes and clay bodies, and for sustaining a professional community of peer-artists.

ART 4555 Graphic Design III

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.

ART 4567 Interactive Multimedia Design

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.

ART 4574 Graphic Design Synthesis

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.