Sophomore / first year
The Sophomore year is focused on orientation and experimentation to/within design practice. It introduces and develops processes of making and meaning building and critical engagement with ideas related to form, medium, materials and tools. Through criticality a student can build clear-thinking. Project based work allows students to craft an understanding of the implications of traditional practices and established conventions as a foundation to their own explorations and experiences. This year provides a critical framework to begin to evaluate their own practice. Through presentations and discussions students will develop a vocabulary allowing them to begin to discuss ideas around information hierarchies, meaning making as well as legibility and translation.
Junior / second year
The Junior year is focused on experimentation and construction of/with narrative structures, argument, advocacy, and rhetoric (text, text+image, sequence…) in a variety of formats and media. It emphasizes the underlying social, political and pluralistic demands of graphic design. It situates the student and their work/practice within a context and community and introduces methods to facilitate collaboration with those directly and indirectly impacted by the end results of the design process. Course content includes an emphasis on ethical and cultural impacts of distribution and exchange.
Senior / third year
The Senior year is focused on deepening, refining and situating individuated experiences; formulating and synthesizing learning by teaching others through participatory engagement; and building a situated design practice, while understand that design is inseparable from the culture at large.