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{Introduction to Graphic Design} Syllabus

Course Description This course serves as an introduction to the fundamental practices and processes of graphic design. The intent of the class is to understand what graphic design is and what graphic design is for. Through a series of graphic design projects based on printed matter such as postcards, posters and books, students will gain basic knowledge in typography, color, grids as well as diverse graphic forms and methods of storytelling. This course is structured around three projects which will explore basic graphic design vocabulary. It will familiarize students with the different stages of process and provide a broad technical foundation. Students are required to participate by inviting and providing constructive criticism within the class context. Objectives 1. To grasp a fundamental understanding of graphic design. 2. To acquire an understanding of how to communicate visually. 3. To learn how to critique classmates in a constructive way. 4. To become aware of traditional design methods and tools, as well as industry-standard programs including: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Grading Students will be graded according to attendance, effort and quality of work. Each unexcused absence will lower your grade by one level (from an A to an A-). Please email both Jen and Mary prior to any absence. Effort is demonstrated by your active participation in class, your willingness to accept and give sincere critique as well as your adherence to deadlines. Quality is measured by your ability to complete the assignments with attention to detail, creativity, craft, personal investment, and risk-taking.

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Profile for Jennifer Magathan

RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

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