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Graphic Design (GD)

GD 402 Senior Problems (4) Development of visual replies to graphic design problems.

GD 402

GD 402 Senior Problems (4)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course is an in-depth course that explores the essential relation of the verbal and visual elements of design to advanced graphic design problems. The class is divided into two parts: 1) Each student submits a written proposal for a hypothetical magazine. In the proposal he or she describes the publication's subject, content and editorial point-of-view, along with the intended audience, must be described in the proposal. Additionally, the functional parameters surrounding editorial design and a discussion of similar publications in the marketplace should be touched upon in the paper. The proposal drives the design of the publication. Each student is required to develop an appropriate title for their magazine, design a masthead, two covers, a table of contents, and a minimum of three articles. The minimum length for each article is two spreads (four pages). All sections of the magazine will be bound together with one of the covers for final presentation. Additionally, each student must apply his or her masthead design to letterhead, envelope and business card. 2) Each student prepares for graduation and the beginning of his or her career by putting together their final portfolios, resumes, letters and job search strategies.

The course will help students to:
1. Perform as editorial designers.
2. Prepare for the real working environment they will confront in the professional arena after graduation.
3. Thoroughly examine the design process and learn to clearly define the problem, in order to work logically towards an appropriate solution.
4. Develop the work habits and attitudes of professional designers.
5. Polish visual, verbal and written presentation skills.
6. Practice positive behavior, and conflict avoidance/resolution in the workplace.
7. Prepare designers for realistic working environment expectations.
8. Foster an appreciation of good typography.

1. Work will be evaluated based on the relevance and originality of the idea and the appropriateness of the design approach to the idea, the intended audience, and all pertinent functional parameters.
2. Professional attitude and the development of professional work habits will be evaluated. Students are expected to think for themselves, budget their time, meet deadlines, and adhere to production schedules.
3. Attendance is required. In the case of illness or an emergency, students are required to contact the professor just as they would contact an employer. Three unexcused absences will result in the final semester grade being lowered one full letter grade.
4. Neatness, craft and attention to detail will be considered in the final grade.
5. There will be a review at the end of the semester, which will include all work from the class. Each piece will be evaluated for quality and presentation.
6. Visual, verbal and written communication skills will be a part of the evaluation.

GD 400 and 401 are prerequisites to GD 402.

GD 402 will be offered spring semesters.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: GD 400, GD 401

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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