Graphic Design

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ARTD201 Beginning Graphic Design

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: None

The course introduces the student to a basic vocabulary of design by theory, practice and historical background through a series of excercises which combine hand with digital techniques. The student learns about visual quality and visual language, composition, analysis and simplification of shape, and basic color theory. A typography section will explore: history, anatomy of the character, font families, spacing, and creative use of fonts. In the second half of the term, the student starts to investigate the use of grids to lay out information on a page and is focused in the creation of a booklet. The projects isolate each of these elements to heighten the student’s awareness of every mark he or she makes. This class is important to develop creativity and conceptual skills, and get acquainted with the basic use of the most used graphic design applications.

Students enrolled in SACI's Graphic Design courses have the opportunity to participate in the Fashioning Spaces Program, an interdisciplinary program developed through a collaboration between SACI and the Ferragamo Foundation and Museum in Florence. For more information about the Fashioning Spaces Program, please see the brochure.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Dusko Stojanovic)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Dusko Stojanovic)

ARTD301 Intermediate Graphic Design

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Beginning Graphic Design

This course is for the student who has a basic understanding of compositional design principles and a basic knowledge of letter forms and printing types. It concentrates on the application of problem-solving methods to real-situation projects with Italian culture content. Special focus is placed on museum identity and user experience. Projects are undertaken as part of the SACIMX Designing the Museum Experience which, in collaboration with Museology and other SACI classes, posits innovative solutions for major Florence museums. Group discussions identify the specific communication needs of each museum and explores design approaches that can fill missing educational elements in the museum experience.

Students enrolled in SACI's Graphic Design courses have the opportunity to participate in the Fashioning Spaces Program, an interdisciplinary program developed through a collaboration between SACI and the Ferragamo Foundation and Museum in Florence. For more information about the Fashioning Spaces Program, please see the brochure.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Camilla Torna)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 - Section A (Dusko Stojanovic)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 - Section B (Camilla Torna)

ARTD403 Advanced Graphic Design

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: Intermediate Graphic Design

Individual projects are assigned which focus on a student-selected design topic. Students are expected build their portfolio elements while meeting with the instructor for scheduled guidance and critiques. Projects are undertaken as part of the SACIMX Designing the Museum Experience which, in collaboration with Museology and other SACI classes, posits innovative design solutions for major Florentine museums. This practical, hands-on experience provides the opportunity to develop projects including the establishment of a new visual identity, an informational way-finding system, promotional graphics, and the full development of an infographic design. In order to create visual messaging at a professional level, special attention is given to every detail of image editing, page layout, and typographic problems.

Students enrolled in SACI's Graphic Design courses have the opportunity to participate in the Fashioning Spaces Program, an interdisciplinary program developed through a collaboration between SACI and the Ferragamo Foundation and Museum in Florence. For more information about the Fashioning Spaces Program, please see the brochure.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Camilla Torna)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Camilla Torna)