510-108-VA, Design Studio I
This course is a hands-on introduction to design in general and contemporary digital graphic design in particular that introduces students to the basics of graphic design its tools, methods, materials, traditions, aesthetics and language. Students will learn to use basic digital imaging/layout software, and when feasible, elementary 3D design/simple animation techniques and basic web design. They will also experiment with non-digital imaging tools and material technologies and will undertake projects and assignments, which study design history. Through these course elements the student will be introduced to basic digital design tools, historically defining aesthetic influences, contemporary practices and select, emerging perspectives and techniques of graphics and design. Students will also be exposed to the language and terminology specific to design and use these as they develop the skills required for critical self-reflection.