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Graphic Design (GD)

GD 404 Book Design (3) Writing, designing, illustrating and production (printing) of a book.

GD 404

GD 404 Book Design (3)

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

This is an advanced course that explores the relationship of the written and visual elements in the design of a book. Each student (or student team) will select a topic, create the text and give visual form to an original book, which will have a minimum length of 16 pages. The intrinsic qualities of the book medium such as typography, sequence, imagery, paper, dye-cuts, fold-outs, pop-ups, and binding will be investigated in relation to how each affects the overall communication of the book's meaning to a specific audience.

The course is intended to:
1. Foster an appreciation for good typography.
2. Allow students to investigate the sequential relationships between the visual and verbal aspects of a book and their synergistic interaction in the communication of the books meaning to a particular audience.
3. Introduce the appropriate use of illustrations in book design.
4. Help students develop the work habits and attitudes of professional designers.
5. Help students to examine the design process to learn to define the problem and work logically towards an appropriate solution.
6. Develop the ability to work as a member of a team.
7. Gain a deeper understanding of graphic design aesthetically, critically, and technically.

1. Each of the two copies of the book that are submitted at the end of the semester should be identical, with flawless execution and craft.
2. The book will be evaluated on the originality of the idea and the appropriateness of the design approach to the idea, the intended audience and all pertinent functional parameters.
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. Visual, verbal and written communication skills will be evaluated.

GD 404 will be offered fall or spring semesters.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Fall 2006
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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