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Natalie Soto
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COMD3313, Illustration 1, 3313, SP22

COMD3313, Illustration 1, 3313, SP22

This course is a practical introduction to the field of illustration. Focus will be placed on process work and professional practices, presented within contemporary and historical context. Course includes projects and lectures in a variety of illustration genres including: advertising, book illustration, and editorial. A variety of materials will be introduced through lectures and demonstrations for use on assignments such as: pencil, pen and ink, brush, and digital illustration. Critical concepts such as: Conceptual Development, Working on Assignment, Composition, Contrast, Value, Point of View, and Color theory will be introduced.

COMD3330_D039_SP22

COMD3330_D039_SP22

The emphasis in this intermediate photography class is on creative problem solving with photography for the Communication Design field. Students learn to transform subject matter with photographic style in order to communicate ideas.

COMD 3504-HE67 Spring 2022 COMMUNICATION DESIGN THEORY

COMD 3504-HE67 Spring 2022 COMMUNICATION DESIGN THEORY

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. In this context, “theory” doesn’t mean “a hypothesis to be tested” (as in the sciences), but rather points to a set of working beliefs about how the world—or in this case, visual communication—works. Some aspects of certain visual communication theories are based on observable “facts,” but the way these facts are woven together says more about how we construct meaning than it does about empirical answers to factual questions. So why does a design professional—typically an eminently practical, hands-on person working toward a specific end for the benefit of a specific client—want or need to engage with visual communication theories? First, “doing theory” promotes a sophisticated level of reflection about design work—far beyond the touchstones of “did they like it?” and “did it serve its purpose?” Second, it encourages designers to think holistically about the contexts for their work—beyond the immediate job at hand to the larger contexts of the social, the cultural, and the historical. And finally, it recognizes the obvious: today, graphic design shapes our visual world and puts each person at the nexus of thousands of messages each day. In this course, we, as senders and receivers of such messages, will attempt to make sense of all this through our verbal discussions in class, our blog postings, and our research poster design and presentations. 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.

COMD1112 D013 Digital Media Foundations Spring 2022

COMD1112 D013 Digital Media Foundations Spring 2022

This course reflects a mix of creative and academic practice to build critical thinking and imagination within the framework of today’s technology, including color theory, design and production terminology, reproduction processes, file formats and substrates. The students will upload their projects on their own ePortfolio, a video with its screenplay, a design for online and print, and their research papers. Lectures will provide students with a historical perspective of the media field as well as discussing current practices and future trends.

COMD1112 DIGITAL MEDIA FOUNDATIONS SPRING 2022 – Valeria Trucchia

COMD1112 DIGITAL MEDIA FOUNDATIONS SPRING 2022 – Valeria Trucchia

This course reflects a mix of creative and academic practice to build critical thinking and imagination within the framework of today’s technology, including color theory, design and production terminology, reproduction processes, file formats and substrates. The students will upload their projects on their own ePortfolio, a video with its screenplay, a design for online and print, and their research papers. Lectures will provide students with a historical perspective of the media field as well as discussing current practices and future trends.

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