COMMUNICATION DESIGN THEORY | Fall 2018 | COMD 3504 Section E304

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COMMUNICATION DESIGN THEORY | Fall 2018 | COMD 3504 Section E304
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Professor(s)
Department
Communication Design
Course Code
COMD 3504
Semester / Year
Fall 2018
Course Description

This course will offer an in-depth introduction to communication design theory, examining theoretical perspectives of design practice within the larger discourse of design and visual culture. Communication models, the nature of representation, the dimensions of context and semiotics will be explored through critical readings from key documents written between the early decades of the twentieth century and the present.

We will be looking at two types of theories: generative theories, that explain the “how” of visual communication; and critical/sociocultural theories that explain the “what, where, and when” of design, or the historical, cultural and social contexts.

By developing the ability to look at design through these different lenses, professional designers can enhance the quality of their decision-making and have a better grasp on the multiple contexts and frameworks for clients and audiences. We can better understand and evaluate the many issues about local usability and usefulness within broader contexts of ethics, aesthetics, professional and social responsibility.