Graphic Design

  • ADG-624 History of Graphic Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The first part of this course will focus on the history of graphic design from prehistoric times to the Industrial Revolution, including the origins of graphic communications in the ancient world, the development of the alphabet and early printing methods, and typography. The second portion will concentrate on the period from the mid 19th-century to the present, and will include the Arts and Crafts Movement, the various 'isms' and their influence on modern art, the Bauhaus and International Style, and contemporary visual systems and image making.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-637 Professional Practice

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide final preparation for employment in the field of graphic design. In addition to helping each student develop a professional portfolio, the course will provide students with practical knowledge of the business aspects of graphic design, interviewing skills, resume preparation, personal branding and help students target internship opportunities for the following semester.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-700 Graphic Design Graduate Internship

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore areas within the graphic design field that they have not previously experienced. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place of internship and will be required to maintain a journal of their observations and submit sample work. Required classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. Students with prior extensive and documented work experience in the field may be exempt from the internship requirement, with the approval of the Masters in Graphic Design Program Director; however, such students will be required to substitute a 3-credit studio elective for the internship.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-704 Art and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This international study course introduces students to Italian Renaissance art, artists and culture from the first evidence in the Italian Gothic (around the 1260s) to the Early and High Renaissance, predominantly in Florence and Venice, up to the 1600s. The course will survey the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture as works are studied individually, not only for their formal elements and visual importance, but also within their aesthetic, historic, political and cultural contexts. Class discussion and a visual analysis of works of art will encourage personal interpretation and critical thinking. This course is offered in conjunction with Italian Journal (ADG S702) on-site in Tuscany and Venice.

  • ADG-810 Graphic Design Graduate Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Everyone has a voice - in addition to audible voices, each designer has their own visual voice. In this class we find and fine-tune students' visual voices through exercises designed to discover the viewable threads that form and define what embodies a visual voice. The journey will take students through creating and analyzing their own work and the work of designers and artists in various fields of communication. The class will culminate in a personally designed and crafted book recording the experience.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-850 Visual Communication Design Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Concept-driven seminar with a focus on advertising. Instructor invites design professionals to work directly with students in class on unique assignments emphasizing innovation. Develops students' individual voices while introducing industry-standard techniques for contemporary visual communication. In-class Q&A between students and guests on concepting, self-promotion, and job-search. Establishes the professional parameters for a marketable online portfolio and updated design approaches for digital & print.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-900 Graphic Design Directed Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students complete a Directed Study Project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. All Directed Study request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule, and must be approved by the faculty member, the Graduate Program Director and the Department Chair.

  • ADG-910 Graphic Design Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An Independent Study provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. Students work one-on-one with a full-time faculty member to realize a particular and well-defined goal. Proposals for Independent Studies must be approved by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office in advance of the semester during which the work will be completed.

  • ADG-S601 Basic Typography

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 or ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce students to the creative use of typography in the design process and will provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to accurately specify and render type.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S602 Computer Typography

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 OR ADG S601 AND ADG S219 OR ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This advanced course focuses on the translation of the historical knowledge and hand skills learned in Basic Typography into a digital format. Students will learn how to produce quality typography, as well as experiment with and explore letterform design manipulation.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S606 Graphic Design I

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S551 OR ADF S151 OR ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Emphasizing the creative process from thumbnail to comprehensive, this course will also introduce the student to the language, tools, and techniques of the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to conceptualization, production and presentation in solving design problems. This course will expose the student to a series of assignments designed to show step-by-step problem solving from observation and research, to the incorporation of these findings into the design of communication vehicles.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S607 Graphic Design II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S206 OR ADG S606 AND ADG S219 OR ADGS 619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the skills learned in Graphic Design I, involving projects that are broader in scope, more in-depth, and address societal issues.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S613 Web Design I

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S219 OR ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce basic web site design and creation skills to students in order to prepare them for more advanced study in Web Design II. The class will use a variety of industry standard software to design and create basic working websites. Students will learn HTML, XHTML and CSS. Javascript, Flash and Action Scripting will be discussed and presented as supplemental tools. Information architecture, wire frames, interface design, user experience and web page layouts will be explored in depth. The history, societal context and future of new media will be discussed throughout the semester.

  • ADG-S619 Computer Applications in Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course students will learn the major software applications used by graphic designers, such as Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Through a series of problems, students will learn how and when to use specific software to produce their solutions and prepare portfolio-quality design. Intended for majors only. Normally offered Fall semester.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S639 Master's Prep I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for Master's candidates selected by the program director. The focus of Master's Prep I is for students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the basic skills required of graphic designers. In this class students will complete a series of rapid-fire exercises including, but not limited to, the following: composition, color, understanding type and its application and story communication. Although conceptual thinking is not the primary focus of the course, at the end of each exercise, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the conceptual thought processes involved in their assignments. The goal of Master's Prep I is to develop and ingrain these fundamental skills in design craft, enabling students to apply them to the projects throughout their graduation coursework.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S644 Graphic Design III

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S602 OR ADI S202; ADG S607 OR ADG S207; ADG S619 OR ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This continuation of Graphic Design I and II will concentrate on increasing sophistication in creative problem-solving abilities. The course will also develop a solid understanding of prepress terms and operations and the impact of technology on those operations. It will also provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to make appropriate prepress decisions regarding more complex projects.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S645 Graphic Design IV

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S344 or ADG-S644

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the concepts and skills developed in Graphic Design III and their application to more complex, multi-pieced, in-depth projects.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S649 Master's Prep II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S639 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is about discovering connections where one least expects them. It is about thinking as a journey into the unforeseen possibilities of sense and meaning. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will take on themes such as aesthetics, structure, context, deconstruction, and critical thinking and turn them into their own methodologies: How things are relationships of meaning, how form is the power of the surface, how context is the stage for sense, how sense is revived by taking things apart, and finally how critical thinking beheads the dragon of ideological tyranny. To be able to play this game, students are expected to possess the craft learned in Master's Prep I and apply it intuitively. This course will make a permanent mark on creative minds that don't need a muse to be free. Students will walk away knowing how to depend on their own thinking as a practical routine to tackle complex creative problems without the fear of being wrong.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S654 Advanced Computer Applications

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 or ADG S601, ADG S202 or ADG S606, ADG S219 or ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to further explore software applications for specific and experimental effects. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to choose the appropriate software application and to execute the desired design, focusing on the design itself rather than on the limitations of the computer programs. The course also focuses on solving the technical and production problems when preparing artwork electronically for printing. Software applications include Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S702 Italian Journal: Paint and Drawing On Paper

    Prerequisites:

    ADF-S102 or ADF-S502

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This faculty-led study abroad course introduces the skills necessary for meeting clients' illustration needs in a variety of media appropriate to context. Florence, Italy and its environs will serve as the subject matter and catalyst in developing the ability to draw objects i.e. Architecture, people and the landscape while advancing a personal style. Study will begin with a pre-departure journal/bookbinding workshop at Suffolk University and move to the outdoors in and around Florence, Italy, Tuscan hill towns, and the Veneto, where students will explore basic illustration styles, methods and techniques.

    Term:

    Summer

  • ADG-S705 Conceptual Typography

    Prerequisites:

    instructor's consent required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to build on core typography knowledge and further students' understanding of the conceptual possibilities of using type in design. Advanced typographic problems requiring the implementation of both traditional and alternative methods will facilitate a deeper exploration of modern communication issues including layered hierarchies, type in motion, typographic voice and illustration.

  • ADG-S711 Integrated Advertising

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S206/S606 and ADG S219/S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will provide instruction towards creatively translating marketing needs into innovative and effective advertising solutions through a series of challenging projects. Students will learn skills applicable to the advertising industry by focusing on creative executions across multiple-media applications including print, direct mail, collateral, outdoor, online, and other media. There will be emphases on idea generation and campaign development with the goal of message communication through the balance of various elements including page design, copywriting, typography, illustration, photography, and visual effects. The history of advertising from the early 20th century to the ever-changing complexity of today's digital landscape will be studied.

  • ADG-S712 Packaging Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 or ADG S601 AND ADG S206 or ADG S606 AND ADG S219 or ADG S619 OR Instructor Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will study the evolution and history of packaging design, discuss philosophies, learn industry terminology and examine contemporary designs. Using case studies, students will analyze the package design process from concept to production and over the course of the semester. Brand extension and consistency, packaging templates, professional procedures, product photography and printing will also be discussed.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S716 Interactive Project Development

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S740 or Instructor's consent.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will allow students to take the skills learned in Web I, Web II and Advanced Topics, and apply them to the kinds of projects they'll see in a professional setting. The class will focus on challenging students to develop a holistic understanding of how the code they write affects their designs and vice versa, and to think about how all aspects of building a website affect the final user experience. There will also be a strong emphasis on expanding student digital portfolios with numerous projects based on actual client requests, fully mobile-friendly responsive sites, group projects and more. Students will learn related skills like server management, search engine optimization and how to work as part of a team. This class is intended to prepare students who plan to enter the web and interactive fields upon graduation.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S728 Designing for the Greater Good

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S607 AND ADG-S619;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this class, students will study contemporary models of inspiring change through branding, systems design, and product design, and explore how design can have an impact in raising awareness and funding for social, environmental, political, and health issues. Students will work on three integrated design campaigns projects focused in social innovation, design of community, connected to health, and environmental impact to learn how to identify the opportunities to inspire change through design, and how to leverage print, social media, new fundraising tools, and online resources to create a successful effort. Students will also explore successful case studies in cause-related design.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S730 Motion Graphics

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This class will focus on learning and using specific software to create moving graphics that are geared toward being broadcast on television, web or film. Students will create time-based works such as title sequences, ads, and videos that they art direct. In the very near future, motion design will be a necessary skill for designers to compete in the marketplace. Motion design can be applied to many areas of graphic design from on-screen presentation to environmental design. During the class, students will build their motion design portfolio that will give them an edge above conventional print and web designers.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S734 Publication Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S601, ADG S607, and ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the skills necessary to create publications such as books, magazines, annual reports and catalogs. The goals of this course are three-fold: to further enhance the understanding of typography in regard to publications, to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to design publications for either a print or digital environment, and to integrate the students' own art and/or photography in their work.

  • ADG-S740 Web Design II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S213 or ADG-S613;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is intended as a continuation of the experience gained in Web Design I. The objective of the course is the development of advanced conceptual skills such as prototyping, usability testing, interactive philosophy, accessibility, project and content management. Students will further develop their professional multimedia skills by working with HMTL, XHMTL, CSS and other industry-standard tools. JavaScript will be discussed and we will use Flash for animation and video. Current techniques for distributions on mobile devices will be explored. Software that will be used during the class will include Dreamweaver, Flash, and other professional level software tools.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S760 Corporate Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S202 or ADG-S602; ADG-S207 or ADG-S607;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores the issues of contemporary branding used to identify, establish and promote the business community. Specific emphasis will be placed on the analysis and development of corporate identity systems including the development of logotypes, stationary, signage systems, marketing collateral/advertising/direct mail campaign development, environmental graphics, and websites . Normally offered fall semester.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S765 Digital Photography

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course offers students the experience of creating digital and film photographs while studying concepts of art direction and techniques that can enhance their compositions. The primary objective is to generate professional still and motion images for digital media, including the Web. Students will manipulate their photographic images using Photoshop rather than the traditional darkroom. Students will also learn how to photograph their own artwork and use a digital camera. Advanced students will be encouraged to explore independent tracks of study. Normally offered fall and spring semesters.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S766 Environmental Graphic Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the Masters level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three-dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADG-S807 The Now and Future of Graphic Design

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Comprehending the significance of the rapidly changing field of graphic design will be addressed through relationships, processes and technologies as evidenced in the work of contemporary visionaries from a broad array of individuals using design as a part of their field of interest. With the emergence of the Digital/Information age, the opportunities for being informed and the importance of engaging collaborative relationships will be analyzed and utilized with the goal of connecting with the vast extended community we occupy.

  • ADG-S808 From Idea to Marketplace

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The exploration and integration of skills and connections necessary to take student projects from an idea to a point of completion that would engage and attract marketplace possibilities is our goal. Convergent thinking will be employed in the analyzing the path, and seeking the means to achieve success.

  • ADG-S820 Graphic Design Graduate Studio I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this graduate studio, students will explore complex graphic design problems, particularly those requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. The goal of the course is to extend the student's viewpoint beyond simple one-dimensional solutions and to encourage thoughtful and inventive design, and innovative problem-solving.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADG-S822 Graphic Design Graduate Studio II

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S820

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this advanced-level studio, students will continue their exploration of the more complex graphic design projects begun in Graphic Design Graduate Studio I (ADG S820), with the emphasis on design problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Students will be exposed to projects that encompass a broad variety of design circumstances, and they will be encouraged to guide clients to more inventive and unique solutions. Each project assigned has a student-generated component in its selected topic and scope. The formation of project details requires students to engage in considerable research prior to starting the application of design.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADG-S839 Masters Foundation I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Developing and building an advanced comprehensive knowledge of fundamental skills in graphic design craft, enables students to apply them throughout their graduation coursework. Students will experience a series of rapid-fire exercises, including but not limited to, composition, color, understanding typography, and the application of the conceptual thought processes.

  • ADG-S840 Thesis Research

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Master's program in Graphic Design culminates in a thesis, an independent project based on an original idea designed and developed by the student in concert with a team of advisers. Thesis Research Studio requires the definition of a graphic design problem, research of case studies and visual works relevant to the thesis topic, and the creation of an outline for the thesis studio project. The class will culminate in the preparation of printed documentation, as well as an oral/visual presentation. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S841 Thesis Research Continuation

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Thesis Research Studio, ADG S840.If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S842 Graphic Design Thesis Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADG 840

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Graphic Design Thesis is a focused independent project on a single original topic, developed by the student working in conjunction with a team of advisors. During this studio course students will test various formats for visualizing their thesis and will execute the design work necessary to realize their project. Emphasis will be placed on creative inquiry and the development of unique solutions that are conceptually strong and content rich. The final thesis will be comprised of the design project along with extensive written documentation. Students must demonstrate independence in relation to their own design process and the ability to realize a complex graphic design solution.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S843 Thesis Studio Continuation

    Prerequisites:

    ADG 840

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Thesis Studio ADG S842. If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S844 Graphic Design Thesis Documentation Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course represents the final phase of the thesis process. Having defined the design problem, completed the necessary research and finalized the design solution, the students will then document the process and project in written and visual form. Thesis documentation will consist of the visual manifestation of the design solution as well the professional level production of a printed, bound volume or other appropriate format in which the thesis project, research, and solution are presented in both text and images. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S845 Thesis Documentation Continuation

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Thesis Documentation ADG S844. If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADG-S849 Masters Foundation II

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADG-S839

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Discover connections where one least expects them. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will take on themes such as aesthetics, structure, context, deconstruction, and critical thinking while turning them into their own methodologies. Students will walk away knowing how to depend on their own thinking as a practical routine to tackle complex creative problems without the fear of being wrong.

  • ADG-S900 Graphic Design Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Program Directors consent required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Students complete a Directed Studio project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. All Directed Studio request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule, and must be approved by the faculty member, the Graduate Program Director and the Department Chair.

  • ADG-S910 Graphic Design Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Program Directors consent required

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    An independent Studio provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. Students work one-on-one with a full-time faculty member to realize a particular and well defined goal. Proposals for Independent Studios must be approved by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office in advance of the semester during which the work will be completed.