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classes: second year

Many upperclassmen will tell you one thing: Welcome to the Jungle. They say this because your second year gets hectic in second semester, particularly in April. Students wishing to go on with the program are required to participate in a (gasp!) portfolio review in front of the graphic design professors.

We know, we told you students didn’t have to have a portfolio. We meant that just for the first year.

You’ll still be taking design classes along with preparing your first design portfolio. New additions to the workload include website design and concept and typography, which is the very technical art of type. Sounds overwhelming? Our students find it to be the most fun you can have in a classroom setting.

Also, welcome to your first business classes. Management, marketing and economics are heading your way!

An introduction to type, its classifications, measurement systems, methods of specification, and copy fitting. Assignments will focus on letter forms, typographic symbols, and arrangement to develop an aesthetic and organizational sensitivity to type.
Digital Imaging
Students will apply design principles to digital photography. An intermediate level of digital image manipulation, photo collage, use of masks, layers, filters, channels, and color systems will be taught.
Principles of Interactive Design
This course is based on the principles of designing attractive, user-centered interactive experiences while considering classic design principles such as typography, legibility, grid, and visual interest. It acknowledges the advancement of Internet technologies and explores execution strategies while establishing the environment for self-discovery, peer learning, and collaboration.
Interactive Media Development
Introduces the development and production of interactive content using current industry standards and technology. Students will design, produce, and test interactive content using the appropriate technology like XHTML, CSS, and Flash. Of course, design process will be stressed.
The exploration of design and application of typographic forms as solutions to communication problems. Discussion, research, and critiques will examine the relationships between word, content, and form through type and letter forms as graphic design elements that project meaning.