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ARTC 5300. Graduate Assistant Development.

This course is required as a condition of employment for graduate teaching and instructional assistants. It will provide in-service training and evaluations of instructional philosophies, techniques, and responsibilities. This course does not earn graduate degree credit.

 


ARTC 5301. Communication Design Foundation.

This course may be taken only to fulfill communication design background. Students will acquire knowledge and graphic design skills necessary for advanced studies. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Prerequisites: Instructor approval. Exclude from 3-peat Processing. Exclude from Graduate GPA. Leveling.

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ARTC 5310. Art Direction.

Advanced in-depth instruction involving conceptual principles, design, copy strategies, and branding methods in print, broadcast, and e-commerce advertising art direction and design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5320. Web Design.

Students will research, create, and produce advanced online products for Internet. Emphasis is placed on information architecture, interface design, and navigation constructs in order to produce unique online communications. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5330. Typography.

This course examines the traditional and experimental advanced usage of type and its relationship to the symbolic or communicative message. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5331. Corporate Identity Systems.

Students explore complex corporate and institutional identity systems. Concept, design, program continuity, and branding in the marketplace will be emphasized. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5332. Corporate Marketing Materials.

This course will explore advanced development of typographic elements, layout grid constructs, photo-imagery, and illustration for publication of corporate marketing materials. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


​ARTC 5333. The Experimental Book.

Students explore the experimental printed book including concept, design, and unique production such as unique binding methods. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5340. Contemporary Issues and Criticism.

This course examines emerging issues in graphic design and design criticism, primarily from the turn of the 21st century to the present. Students will learn to analyze and critique graphic design, and will produce a work of critical writing.


ARTC 5341. Modernism and Design.

This course explores the modernist movement in design, as it emerged in Europe and America in the early twentieth century. Topics include: visual cultural theory, the origins of modernism, Dada, Constructivism, DeStijl, the Bauhaus, and American modernism.


ARTC 5342. Postmodernism and Typography.

This course explores the relationship between form and content through the lens of graphic design and typography from the 1960s through 1990s, with a focus on postmodernism. Topics include: new wave and experimental typography, design authorship, appropriation, deconstruction, narrative structures, and new media.


ARTC 5343. Communication Design Seminar.

This course examines communication design research methods, modes of practice, and models of the creative process. Students will engage in individual research inquiries, in order to develop the topic for their master’s thesis in Communication Design.


ARTC 5350. Special Problems in Communication Design.

An independent study requiring complex problem-solving in communication design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360C. Environmental Graphic Design Systems.

This course will explore complex corporate, consumer, and institutional environmental systems. Concept, design, program continuity, and environmental graphic design systems (EGDS) in the marketplace will be emphasized. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360D. Typeface Design.

This course explores the detailed anatomy of typefaces in order to design custom typefaces through various applications. Students with an advanced knowledge of typography will research detailed type anatomy as well as historical and cultural typographic constructs. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360E. Sustainable Packaging Design.

Students will explore the role of sustainable package design in context to meeting the requirements of clients and consumers in the global marketplace. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360F. Communication Design Business Strategies.

In this course, the student will be exposed to the principles of project, studio, marketing, and business development management as it relates to the business operations of a communication design studio. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


​ARTC 5360G. Interactive Design.

This course explores the concept of interactivity in all its form, from the digital to the physical as it relates to communication design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360H. Mobile and Social Media.

In this course, the student explores the implications of social networking and mobile communications in contemporary communication design. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360I. Editorial Design.

This course develops typographic skills pertaining to page layout through the use of functional and aesthetic type and its application within the digital environment. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360J. International Perspective in Typography.

This course studies the international perspectives of typography. This course requires a field trip abroad and will conclude with one extensive communication design assessment based upon the field trip experience. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360K. Data Visualization.

This course explores methods of combining visual aesthetics with real data to create meaningful and at times complex visualizations. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change. Exclude from 3-peat Processing. 


ARTC 5360L. User Experience Design.

This course explores advanced concepts in user-centered mobile applications, Web site, and operating system interface design. Students will solve design problems that take into account a holistic view of the user and how they interact with software. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of study change.


ARTC 5360M. Design for Social Impact.

This course will provide a platform to explore the ways that design processes can be applied in order to enable positive social change. The course reconsiders the role of the designer in the context of the social sector. Repeatable up to 3 times when the area(s) of emphasis change.


ARTC 5360N. Alternative Printing Methods.

This course will explore hands-on printing methods for designers. Letterpress, screen-printing and other alternative printing methods will be explored to visually express design concepts. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360O. Kinetic Typography.

Students will study the creation of moving typography as an extension of typography and animation. The history and development of typography and motion graphics in art will be examined. Students will engage in innovative development of kinetic typography using current digital technology combined with experimental techniques. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360P. International Design Synergy Project.

Students will collaborate with students from a graduate program in Europe. Students will research European Design values and discuss with design students from other cultures, while also presenting American design values. It will conclude with one extensive communication design project that showcases their research completed. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360Q. Experience Design.

Students will learn how the evolution of computing information has changed the role of technology and experience designers. Students will generate a variety of Web and Mobile applications using Artificial Intelligence as the core technology. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360R. Entrepreneurial Design.

Students will focus on the interconnection between entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. They will develop innovation-driven venture skills and will gain open and critical thinking skills with a focus on community, understanding of calculated risk and the initiative to follow-through. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360S. Design Futures.

Students will translate technological and socioeconomic issues into the near future. They will explore the role of design in solving or coping with the consequences of today's actions. The course will prepare students to think critically about the role of design in the evolution of humankind. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360T. Design For Motion.

This course introduces theories, techniques, and practices of motion graphics for students with a strong foundation in communication design. This course focuses on the successful integration of images, typography, and sound over time to create nuanced and complex messages. Experimentation, research, critical analysis, and concept development is emphasized. Exclude from 3-peat Processing.


ARTC 5360U. Design Practice.

This course introduces students to critical design practice and serves as one of several thesis preparation course offered. Design Practice sets the foundation for building a significant and cohesive body of creative work. 


ARTC 5360V. Research Through Making.

This course further examines communication design research methods, modes of practice, and models of the creative process to advance thesis research through making and visualizing abstract ideas. Repeatable up to 1 time when the area (s) of study change.

 


ARTC 5360W. Exhibitions

In this course students will explore different methods of exhibition within traditional and alternative settings. They will experiment with collaborative and multidisciplinary strategies to produce speculative proposals for public and professional communities. Students will come away with an in-depth understanding of various exhibition contexts and the ability to analyze and select the exhibition strategies most appropriate to engage a specified inquiry.  


ARTC 5370. Professional Practice.

Students are placed in regional and national advertising agencies, digital media studios, or graphic design firms to gain professional practice experience. Repeatable once for credit.


ARTC 5371. Design for Motion. 

This course introduces theories, techniques, and practices of designing for motion. As an essential medium of communication design, this course focuses on the successful integration of images, typography, and sound over time to create nuanced and complex messages. Experimentation, research, critical analysis, and concept development are emphasized. Repeatable up to 2 times when the area (s) of study change.  


ARTC 5372. Social Practice. 

This course introduces students to theoretical and conceptual aspects of socially engaged art and design. The course reconsiders the role of the designer in the context of participatory and public practices. Repeatable up to 2 times when the area (s) of study change. 


ARTC 5399A. Thesis.

The course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed the thesis in ARTC 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), program (PR), no-credit (F) basis.


ARTC 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.