This course introduces students to the essential methods of visual communication and ordering systems through a series of interrelated exercises. Techniques such as investigtive sketching, freehand drawing, and digital design communication are considered in relation to their potential to reveal the world around us with a heightened sense of awareness. Issues such as place, material, structure and enclosure will be explored empirically and conceptually at a variety of scales and applications. Importantly, this is a interdisciplinary based studio - students enrolled in this course will have the ability to see across barriers and engage in a variety of different design strategies. This course will involve the practical application of theoretical learning within a group setting and the exchange of ideas and methods, design skills, and fundamental principles.

Learning Objectives
After taking this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand and be able to employ creative strategies as a way of seeing the world differently – Design Through Discovery
  • Understand and be able to employ creative process (iterative design methods) as a form of thinking - Design Thinking
  • Understand and be able to employ graphic design fundamentals (layout, composition, color, digital tools, etc.) - Design Communication

This course is offered in-person and fully online.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E