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Graphic Design (GD)

GD 403W Graphic Design Seminar (3) A seminar on subjects which relate to the field of graphic design.

GD 403W

GD 403W Graphic Design Seminar (3)

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

This is an advanced course covering the history and contemporary theory and criticism of graphic design. Topics include: the invention of writing and alphabets, medieval manuscripts books, the origin of printing and typography, Renaissance graphic design, the Arts and Crafts movement, Victorian and Art Nouveau graphics, modernist influences on graphic design, visual identity and conceptual images, postmodern design, the computer graphics revolution, new media design, ethics and professional practice, and contemporary issues relating to design theory and criticism.

The course is intended to:
1. Provide a firm understanding of the history of graphic design.
2. Develop the capacity to discuss the articulate current issues in graphic design.
3. Promote writing and speaking abilities through class assignments.
4. Help students to develop the work habits and attitudes of professional designers.

1. Class projects as well as class participation will be evaluated.
2. Written assignments, including short synopses of readings and additional essays, and the quality of writing will be a part of the grade evaluation.
3. 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.
4. Attendance is required. In the case of illnesses 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.
5. Visual and verbal as well as written communication skills will be a part of the evaluation.

GD 320 is the prerequisite to GD 403W.

GD 403W will be offered spring semester.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: GD 302

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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