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Business Of Art

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Friday, Apr 21 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRAC-0174
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


We often think of contracts as lengthy and incomprehensible documents used in significant transactions. However, whether running your own studio, working for someone else or just occasionally doing commission work, the reality is that you are forming and entering into contracts every day, often on nothing more than a handshake basis. Just as often, technicalities and details of the transaction are not worked out in advance, leading to misunderstandings and disagreements as deadlines loom. A good contract goes a long way in eliminating these potential pitfalls. In this course, you learn that you don't need to be a lawyer to improve your contracting skills. The basics of contracting are covered: what a contract is, how to create one and how to go about determining what it should say.

  • Name: Katie Ahern (Bio)
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Tuesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-4146
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Your first client is the most important and the easiest to find. Start with yourself. Just as a company's identity is essential to its success, so is your own professional identity as you embark on a career communicating visually. This advanced studio reviews innovative identities within the industry, such as letterhead, resume, envelopes, business cards and the obligatory Web presence. Students begin the process of evaluating, refining, writing descriptions and creating photography maps for promotional and archival needs. Students also learn about paper selection, pre-production considerations and communicating effectively with vendors. Lessons in contract language and procedure, as well as the construction and presentation of these documents, emphasize how these become a part of the graphic designer's professional identity.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics II: Studio Practice

  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
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Fridays, Mar 31 - Apr 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-WRITE-1157
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $185


Have you ever been bewitched by the setting of a story? An enchanted landscape, a brooding castle or a charming cottage can be a compelling part of the tale and essential to establishing mood and tone. This writing workshop is your opportunity to learn to develop the setting of a story, both natural and man-made, as a dynamic and engaging feature that enriches and reinforces plot and informs character motivation. You'll also examine the history of memorable settings with examples as diverse as the forests of Perrault's fairy tales, the castle in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and the stately house in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E

  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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