September 6th, 2012 at 5 p.m.
If you still haven't completed your fall schedule, now is the time to get approved and registered. If you need help, contact the ComD office and we'll help you add electives to your schedule so that we don't lose them!!! Don't wait until the last minute. The following courses are still available for Fall 2012:
Web Design I (section 01)
COMD-520-01 Wednesday 6:30PM-9:20PM
Web Design will teach students the fundamentals that are essential to understanding the Graphic Designer’s role in creating and managing a Web Site project. Students will learn the history of Web Design, overviews of the technology and software involved in creation of web sites, usability and accessibility, and a thorough understanding of the process; from a project’s conception to the final delivery of visual boards. We will only touch lightly on certain elements of programming. While the focus of the class is to cover what is important to the Graphic Designer, it is important that the code and development behind the curtain not remain a mystery. The more you understand about the capabilities and limitations of the available technologies, the better equipped and more precise the designer will be in approaching a web design project.
SPT: Publications (section 02)
Phil Lubliner & Gary Fogelson
COMD-434P-02 Wednesday 6:30PM-9:20PM
In this course students will master the conceptual and technical skills necessary to execute smart, successful, editorial illustrations, and have the opportunity for their work to be published. Students will work in a fast-paced environment, creating images that respond to a wide range of domestic and international current events through weekly illustration assignments and concept-building workshops. They will also be exposed to exemplary editorial illustration work through lectures and visiting critiques by leading illustrators, designers and art directors.
Cross Media Design
COMD-472-01 Tuesday 5:00PM-7:50PM
As visual thinkers, our work is being instantaneously displayed on multiple media — from billboards to mobile screens. Understanding the ever-changing media landscape is the key to conveying our ideas in the most impactful way. Cross Media Design focuses on expressing singular concepts through multiple media - from analog to digital - with emphasis on viral forms of disseminating information and content creation. Through a series of incremental assignments, students will investigate the difference between physical and digital interaction.
COMD-435-01 Monday 3:30PM
This course helps students understand social media and everything that falls under Web 2.0. It examines the cultural sea change behind it, the economic models that drive it, and teaches how to use it effectively for marketing, branding and commerce. It provides students with a current understanding of the rapidly evolving media landscape, and its impact on entertainment, branding, publishing, lifestyle and, by extension, marketing communication. Students will practice what they’re learning in this course by setting up a blog, creating content, linking to other sites, products, signing up for google analytics and google adsense, and ultimately generating revenue with their course projects, for tangible evidence of the value they’re creating.
COMD-449P-01 Thursday 6:30PM-9:20PM
Designers today aren’t just making other people’s words look pretty; they’re developing their own books, writing their own blogs, and contributing to the cultural conversation in design journals. In this class, students will discover the parallels between great writing and great design, and learn to create strong, focused content that fits seamlessly with their visual work.
The Sound Of A Brand
COMD-469-01 Tuesday 5:00PM-7:50PM
The MGM Lion’s Roar, the sound when you open your laptop or log on to your computer, games, including Microsoft’s Xbox 360, etc. What do these have in common? They are audio brands. Different from jingles, or the music that accompanies an ad, but with some of the same effects on our psyches. Learn from one of the foremost practitioners in the field, Audrey Arbeeny, Executive Producer and Partner, of AudioBrain as she presents case-studies for some of the most widely used brands in the industry. Experiment and play with sound as you consider branding from another perspective. Excellent for Advertising majors and anyone interested in the in-depth analysis of what makes a brand.
Motion Design: Graphic Design
COMD-477-01 Monday 05:00PM-7:50PM
(Prerequisite: After Effects COMD 411)
In this course students will explore the power of graphic design in motion. Students will photograph, create graphics and edit/animate their own short films with sound design while exploring movement, image, montage, abstraction, and visual narrative structure. Class is spent working on projects as well as on screenings, group critiques, gallery and museum visits, discussions of the innovators of motion graphics and opportunities related to the field. Assignments include creating an experimental graphic film, social commentary spot, concert screen animation and a class project producing an enviromental installation.
Drawing on Location
COMD-467-01 Tuesday 2:00PM-4:50PM
This course is designed to train students to visualize and document the environment they observe around them. Locations are used as reference material for communication solutions that translate to visual essays or visual journalism. Themes are timely and provocative. Each student will complete an eight image drawing series based on a location. This series will be presented in sequential form. Locations will include the zoo, Little Italy, Chinatown, South Street, St. John the Divine, and Union Square where we will gather visual data. Students will keep intensive journals of their visits that include observations of each location, interviews with people connected with their location, and photographs.
Business & Design
COMD-453-01 Monday 3:30PM
This course emphasizes the business of design Whether you’re looking to pursue a design career in the corporate world, or in an agency, or design studio, be a freelance creative, or start your own business this course will develop a basic understanding of brands and brand essence, brand equity and the creative’s position in the processes of business. Students will create a business for which they will develop a mission statement, an essence, a strategy and an identity. They will learn the vocabulary of the business of design while learning to estimate jobs, figure out a profit margin, write and present proposals in PowerPoint, and turn their creativity into a way to earn a living. This course encourages what was once know as “commercial art” but more recently has been called graphic design, or package design, or illustration, advertising, or marketing. Regardless of what it is called using your creative talents in furtherance of commerce is a lofty calling and, in my opinion, commerce is the basis of civilization. Civilizations are remembered for their fine art but it is the art and design of business that furthers commerce and builds the cities that create a civilization. When people are buying and selling things to and from each other, they are slightly less likely to hit each other over the head with rocks. Finding your place in this system requires learning some of the basics of business. This course provides these basics.
COMD-351P-01 Thursday 6:30PM-9:20PM
This back-to-basics course presents a series of in-class challenges to exercise and strengthen creative muscles. Students will compete to create visual solutions while dealing with material, time and space constraints. Assignments out-of-class include only the research of provided topics and content. No computers are used and all supplies will be provided. The objective of this course is simple; to strengthen a student’s creative power to communicate visually, and to prepare for inevitable challenges ahead.
Freelancing & Business (all three sections)
COMD-451-01 Wednesday 9:30AM-12:20PM
COMD-451-02 Wednesday 3:30PM-6:20PM
COMD-451-03 Wednesday 12:30PM-3:20PM
Whether working independently for many clients, or employed by a single corporation, a thorough foundation in business knowledge and practices in the visual and communication arts fields has become essential for all illustrators, graphic designers, advertising art directors, digital artists and photographers, as well as fine artists. In the current economic climate, it is important to enter the field with business skills that will facilitate strong client relationships, as well as allowing a novice to enter the professional arena with the ability to write business communications and present projects to clients and co-workers in an articulate and confident manner; as well as understanding the proper way to conduct themselves as professionals. In addition to those skills, identifying a market, self-promotion, preparation of a résumé, proposals, contracts, and copyright and negotiation are also part of the curriculum.
ComD Internship (all three sections)
COMD-9401- 1 credit, COMD-9402- 2 credits, COMD-9403- 3 credits
Dan Covert & Andre Andreev
COMD-9401, 9402, 9403 -section 01- Tuesday 5:00PM-7:50PM.
COMD-9401, 9402, 9403 -section 02- Wednesday 9:30AM-12:20PM
COMD-9401, 9402, 9403 -section 03- Tuesday 2:00PM-4:50PM
This course is a work-learning experience at a field related professional site. Students earn 1-3 course credits and refine their career objectives while establishing a strong employment history and references for future work experiences. Students will gain skills and knowledge on-site, as well as a more objective understanding of the experience through participation in a class seminar.