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Graphic Design

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Mondays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DFOU-2532 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

The most popular vector graphics editor, Adobe Illustrator is essential when creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability -- allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Since the workflow is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course, you'll create illustrations and freeform sketches as you explore how this program makes it possible to acquire, trace and alter scanned images. You'll "learn by making" with in-class exercises and projects completed as homework. We discuss saving and output options, connecting the learning to the larger world of illustration, print, product and interactive design.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, NS-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-3571
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

This offering in the studio series aims to mimic the experience graphic designers face in the real world. Your instructor acts as the client (or art director) by introducing a design brief that you, the student/designer, must satisfy from concept through design to presentation and delivery. Each stage is critical in this honest rehearsal for the aspiring graphic designer. The topic for this semester is package design, which, when carried out with sound design principles, facilitates the translation between brand intention and customer recognition. We consider brand identity, packaging varieties and their environmental impact, the manufacturing economy and consumer sensibilities as you add a significant new project to your portfolio.

Applies to: GR-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Wayne Vieira (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Oct 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-0791
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD|CE Graphic Design Certificate Program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-2531
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Graphic designers must have a fundamental understanding of the basic structures and organizing systems that lie beneath all examples of the print designer's craft. Grids and modules are discussed as the primary device for originating compelling design solutions that acknowledge the core rules of proportion, rhythm, pacing and sequence. Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are among the digital tools used to define these unifying structures that are often (but not always) invisible. The class builds upon a foundation of weekly exercises as students develop a solid understanding of the practical considerations involved in the planning and delivery of a conclusive graphic design project.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRINT-4152
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $10


Description

You don't need to be a designer to take this workshop -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art and design to take RISD|CE courses, was the impetus for this workshop. So come join us for a dynamic inquiry-based intensive that illuminates the process of design. Through a variety of visual exercises, you'll learn methods in critical thinking and making, which are the parallel competencies of thoughtful design practice. You will work independently and collaboratively while being asked to seek and solve design problems within our everyday environment through observation, documentation and implementation. All this is done in a fun and supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite!


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-4143
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of typography -- theory, practice, technology and history -- so that students can use it to their full advantage. Making crucial design decisions while gaining fluency with Adobe InDesign, students explore designing with type while composing single- and multipage documents, laying out page systems effectively, and using type styles to influence expression and communication. Topics include conceptual development, reinforcement of meaning, analysis of letter forms, typographic measurement, typeface classification, typesetting, using grid systems, establishing hierarchies for organizational clarity, and assessing document legibility. Hands-on class and homework assignments provide students with the skills and conceptual understanding that serve as a foundation for graphic design practice. Note: This course was previously titled Understanding Typography.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E

Prerequisite: Graphic Form


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-2666 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Designed to expand students' understanding of basic typographic principles, this accelerated project-based course leads to greater confidence in graphic design practice. Students gain fluency with visual interpretation and the representation of language while being encouraged to think beyond traditional design methods. Assignments are sequenced to concentrate on issues of hierarchy, conceptual development, image/type relationships, and structural systems. Problem-solving skills and concepts developed in this course serve as a foundation for working with more challenging graphic design. Lectures, critiques and in-class explorations reinforce these concepts as students produce complete and sophisticated projects that become finished portfolio pieces.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Graphic Structures + Systems


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Sep 30 | 10am-2pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-4141
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Thinking and making are the parallel competencies of thoughtful design practice, whether graphic, interior, advertising or web. Award-winning graphic designer and teacher Dina Zaccagnini Vincent will introduce the conceptual development phase of design workflow, which functions as the foundation for a successful project.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
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