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My name is Edward Alston, a freshman at CUNY City Tech aiming for Associate’s Degree in Communication Design. I am an artist, who likes to mainly draw portraits and anime, and was involved with the Joan Mitchell Foundation (JMF). I’m currently involved in The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), which helps students build leadership skills.
More about me; throughout my late years of middle school and early years of high school my mom used to work at the public library main branch, so every day after school I would go to the library and, needing something to do, I would spend hours there, reading books and searching various topics on the computer (such as mythology, and astrology) which is how I go into zodiac signs (I’m a Virgo). I would also write short summaries of my own original stories to later be further developed. I would surf the web for interesting topics to look at because I believe that knowledge is a very valuable thing. Through my love of art, video games, and the internet, I found out about Communication Design and Interactive Media majors. Personality wise I am analytical, methodical, a person who pays attention to details, and plans things out in advance, but also very quiet at times due to having a lot of anxiety.
My artwork usually consists of illustrations of characters I like from some of my favorite shows, or some of my own original characters, as well as a mixture of portraits of people and expressive art using and experimenting with ink and watercolor. However, in 10 years I hope to see myself doing more digital art designing fictional landscapes and doing character design for both animation and gaming companies.

My Courses

Communication Design Theory COMD3504_OL08

Communication Design Theory COMD3504_OL08

An in-depth introduction to communication design theory, this course examines 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 are explored through critical readings in key documents from the early decades of the twentieth century to the present.

COMD4900 OL92 Internship Fall 2021 Goetz

COMD4900 OL92 Internship Fall 2021 Goetz

Student is assigned to find fieldwork/study situations of approximately eight hours per week at an internship site approved by the Department Internship instructor. Approved Sites include advertising agencies, graphic design firms corporate or non-profit design offices, publications art departments, photography or illustration studios, TV or multimedia production companies. Students will be required to keep a learning journal of their internship in the form of a blog using Openlab. A portion of the class will be devoted to presenting and sharing experiences with classmates. Students will learn how to assess their talents, update their resume, and promote themselves and their work through social networks during class meetings. Students will be required to extend their networking contacts using LinkedIn.

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

Study of science fiction literature and film, with attention to cultural implications of the genre. Explores the questions science and technology raise about past, present, and future societies. Projects, presentations, and exams based on readings. *Avatar Image Credit: Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez, Citlali: Cortando Nopalitos y Echando Tortillas en Outer Space / Citali: Slicing Nopalitos and Making Tortillas in Outer Space (2015)

COMD3504 Communication Design Theory, OL01Fall 2020

COMD3504 Communication Design Theory, OL01Fall 2020

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.

COMD4900 OL92 1476 Internship Summer2020

COMD4900 OL92 1476 Internship Summer2020

Internship in Communication Design (Summer Intensive) Assignment to field work/study situations of approximately eight to 20 plus hours per week at a graphic arts-related internship site approved by the department internship director. Sites may be in areas such as advertising, printing, corporate communications or publishing. Students keep a log/journal to be shared in group seminars/discussions. Supervision is by faculty and by the job supervisor. Students will be required to keep a learning journal of their internship in the form of a blog using Open Lab.

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