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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Communication Design

FYE: FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
FYE100: Systems of Drawing
Drawing is a primary strategy for creative activities in art, language, communications, engineering and design. In this course, students are introduced to various forms of knowing through seeing and drawing. Different drawing systems are investigated both in the field and classroom, and are aligned with areas of study of creative practice today. Each drawing system will be explored as both a foundational skill set and a tactical approach to success in later creative endeavors.
3.0
FYE110: Visual Language
This course is an introduction to composition and color theory. Students will learn and apply the elements and principles of art and design in a variety of assignments through a variety of traditional and digital tools and media. All assignments will focus on how ideation techniques are fundamental to creative problem solving. Students will gain a clear understanding of how 2D elements and compositional theory are employed to create clear and effective visual communication, aid personal expression, and help comprise a personal aesthetic. Students will learn to identify how 2D fundamentals are employed in contemporary, professional, and historical work.
3.0
FYE130: Fabrication
The focus of this course will be form, light, and content. Students will learn to imbue three-dimensional form with meaning and also investigate how light can affect perceptions of form and space. Research strategies, fabrication, and digital and material techniques are advanced through hands-on experiments, projects, and in-depth discussion. Students receive an orientation to MIAD’s 3-D Lab and Open Lab.
3.0
FYE150: Digital 2D
In Digital 2D, students are introduced to image/content creation, manipulation, editing, and management through Adobe Suite programs. Students will learn proper file management and workflow techniques, along with proper digital documentation and presentation of work. Students will also employ digital terminology across a wide range of disciplines and practices while also recognizing the cultural implications of digital creation, appropriation, and distribution. By the end of the course, students will have built a solid foundation of digital knowledge and skills that will benefit them as visual creators and communicators.
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring
FYE199: IAS: Intro to Advanced Study
Introduction to Advanced Study offers a unique and broad-based exposure in advanced-level art and design disciplines offered at MIAD. The philosophy behind Introduction to Advanced Study is to invite students to explore problem solving and ways of working within the majors. Students will be actively engaged in making as a mode of inquiry and will gain experience in both the conceptual basis for the disciplines as well as the practical processes of the disciplines studied. Faculty will offer a variety of course structures and themes.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): FYE100, FYE110 & FYE130
3.0
FYE121: RPC: Research, Process & Connection
Research, Process and Connection is a theme-based introductory course in which students conduct research and engage in a creative process that leads to a body of visual work. Each section of RPC is devoted to a particular idea, process, or approach. Students will develop concepts, translate ideas, and apply methods as they make their work. Students will explore their work and thinking within a historical, cultural, and personal context. This will be reinforced through critical dialogue during stages of ideation, production, completion, and evaluation.
At the end of the semester, students are required to present their final research in a digital presentation. These presentations should demonstrate visual evidence of work completed throughout the semester as well as the ability to analyze their progress and learning in a public format.
3.0
FYE151: Digital 4D
Digital 4D considers how image, text and sound unfold over time and across various distribution models. Students will learn and reinforce proper file management and workflow techniques, along with proper digital documentation and presentation of work. Students are introduced to video editing, basic animation, and audio tools, they will gain experience in using a variety of software and hardware, while considering their role as cultural producers. Motion graphics and the onscreen image-as-experience will be introduced. By the end of this course, through a series of projects, students will have completed a self-determined final project that incorporates a design or fine arts focus, and demonstrates an understanding of basic 4D principles.
3.0
Liberal Studies: FYE
WRTG120: Processes of Inquiry
The first-year writing seminar will emphasize the significance of inquiry. Students will experience writing as an intellectual, creative and meaning-making act. Practicing writing as inquiry will enable students to learn the skills, strategies, and conceptual frameworks that will transfer to every new learning context and situation. The course serves as a writing-based first year seminar in which students integrate their learning across all of their courses.
3.0
ARTH151: Intro to the Practice of Art & Design History
In this course, students will explore key works and moments of art and design across culture and time, while learning proper terminology and methodology for analyzing visual images, objects, and structures within the study of the discipline. Students will contextualize and interpret works recognizing that different interpretive frameworks can be used to analyze works of art and design. As a broad approach to the discipline, the course encourages inquiry, critical evaluation, and curiosity about the richness of art and design history. Students will acquire the analytical skills to navigate, translate, diagram, and express the complexities of visual culture and production.
3.0
HUMT121: Intro to Humanities
Humanities is the study of what it means to be human through cultural inquiry and analysis. In this introductory course, students explore texts, artifacts, and situations to broaden their perspective and understanding of the human condition. Frames of inquiry will be influenced by history, culture, economics, political power and other social circumstances. The course takes an intersectional approach to analysis, examining the interconnected nature of societal categories such as race, class, and gender. In this class, research and dialogue are the fundamental modes of learning
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester first year to complete degree requirements in four years
SOPHOMORE
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
DS200: Communication Design I
In Communication Design I, fundamentals of communication design are introduced to the student with theoretical and applied studies in graphic design, problem solving, communication and presentation.

This semester course is the development of procedures and techniques involved in the process of creative problem solving related to communication design. This course also introduces the relationship of typography and image and how this relationship solves communication problems through a visual means. Emphasis is on tools and their proper use, organization of elements, use of typography, and presentation.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F100, F110, F130
3.0
DS202: Typography I
The Typography courses provide students with an understanding of the integral use of typography in the overall design concept. Type as a communicative and creative element is explored. Students become familiar with the organizational skills necessary for clear communication as well as the formative aspects of typographic symbols and arrangement.

Typography I is an introductory course that deals with the history and practice of using typography in design. This course will familiarize students with several methods for structuring type so that they might gain an understanding of how typographic variables and the principles of legibility and readability affect visual communication. Each student will be encouraged to develop their own personal awareness of and appreciation for typography; so that they will become equipped with the terminology, theory and practice necessary for making design decisions that facilitate understanding among their intended audience.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): F110, F113/F115
3.0
DS230: Computer Studio I
This course is an introduction to the use of the computer and essential software as tools for the visual communicator. In Computer Studio I, students become acquainted with the Macintosh computing platform by engaging in an intensive and thorough exploration of the software/hardware commonly used by designers and artists. Through demonstrations and experimentation, students will learn the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop (as well as other design/utility applications) and their roll in print media and digital pre-press.

This one semester, three-credit course is designed to introduce sophomore-level communication design students to the Macintosh computing environment as a tool, and perhaps as a medium, for concepting and composing visual communications. An introduction to basic computer functionality will take place, followed by directed projects which will introduce students to working with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator software to produce communication design solutions that may be successfully taken to press. The incorporation of the graphics applications platform as a foundative element in the process of design will be explored. This course has not been conceived and will not be taught merely as a means by which students will learn these two software applications. Rather, the course structure will stress me use of this software as a means to engaging in the design process, as a method for creating graphic communications that may be output as press-ready film, laser comps, or output directly to a digital press.

Credits:
Prerequisite(s): F113/F115
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring
DS201: Communication Design II
Communication Design II is a continuation of study of the basic elements and principles of 2-D design and their application to the practice of communication design.

Coursework will enable the student to further develop critical thought and aesthetic response and explore further the tools of visual communication. The class will further explore typographic form and begin a review of historical influences and movements in the field of visual communication. These objectives will be achieved through a series of in-depth studio projects, short exercises, demonstrations, critiques and lectures. Studio projects and exercises will include assignments involving various typographic explorations and studies, a poster, and the development and implementation of an expansive short-term identity system.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS200
3.0
DS203: Typography II
Typography II provides students with an understanding of the integral use of typography in the overall design concept. Type as a communicative and creative element is explored. Students become familiar with the organizational skills necessary for clear communication as well as the formative aspects of typographic symbols and arrangement.

Course work will enable the student to participate in an advanced study of typographic design, which focuses on the development of skills and sensibilities that allow designers to effectively communicate with type. Concentration will be placed on exercises in and the analysis of the perceptual aspects of communication, the ways in which we derive meaning from and contribute meaning to our cultural environment using type. In other words, to explore and clarify the relationships between the spoken word and mass-produced visual language-print and pixel-based words.

A continuum of Typography I, Typography II offers an advanced understanding of how typographic variables (placement, order of chronology, size, weight, leading, column width, alignment, style, orientation, and choice of typeface) and principles of legibility and readability affect visual communication. The logistical issues of planning and organizing paginated systems, information system and type in motion will also be presented. Each student will be encouraged to continue to develop the personal awareness necessary for making design decisions that facilitate understanding among their intended audience.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS202
3.0
DS231: Computer Studio II
Computer Studio II will build upon skills and techniques developed in Computer Studio 1. Through demonstrations and exploration of tools available in Photoshop, students will develop a thorough understanding of photo manipulation software and some of its uses for the visual communicator. In addition to Photoshop, students will learn basic skills associated with Fireworks and Flash.

The course will include demonstrations, exercises, quizzes, and projects. Though texts will be used to supplement student learning, this course is not a self-guided tour and instruction on a day-to-day basis is a necessary component of the class.

Along with the teaching of the software application, course content should allow for the integration of basic design principles, including hierarchy, compositional arrangement and typographic form.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS230
3.0
Studio Electives
3cr. studio elective:
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Sophomore
WR200: Critical and Creative Forms
Critical and Creative Forms is an intermediate-level writing course that focuses on writing as a creative and critical form. Students will explore the formal qualities of a variety of “texts,” including visual and online texts, and expand their experience of writing analytically and creatively. It is an intensification of the processes introduced in WR120 with further emphasis on visual as well as verbal rhetorics and critical thinking.

In WR200, students will develop their ability to read and assess communication in various forms and genres, to write analytical and critical essays, to perform increasingly sophisticated research, and to experiment with communicative form themselves. WR200 focuses on the theme of “environments,” examining the idea or condition of “environment” through a variety of possible progressive lenses, including ecological, natural, cultural, sacred or built environments.

WR200 emphasizes writing-in-process and students are challenged to take progressively more individual responsibility for all phases of the process, from journaling to the composing of final manuscripts. Students will be expected to identify, research and articulate points of view with increasing sophistication and ease in order to engage in critical conversations. Students participate in writing workshops, writing groups, small group discussions and collaborative writing as well as complete individual writing assignments. Throughout, students will be required to demonstrate evolving critical judgment and self- reflection. Self-directed research and working proficiently with primary and secondary sources is also emphasized through assignments highlighting the research process and the creation of an annotated bibliography.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR120 or WR111
3.0
SC220: Patterns in Nature
The Introduction to Natural Sciences is based upon first hand investigations and discoveries in the field of Natural Sciences. In this course students will deepen their understanding of the nature of the scientific method, its theoretical challenges, and pursue a series of empirical applications in the lab and in the field. This practical knowledge will be broadened through intensive reading, discussions, critiques, and oral assignments. This is an intensive, practical approach that uses the scientific method as a tool for investigation, problem solving and critical thinking. This course is challenging and demanding, but rewarding. Excellence in analytical and critical thinking skills are of utmost importance.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): none
3.0
AH213: History of Modernism-Design
The History of Modernism: Design outlines major styles and trends in communication design, illustration, industrial design, architecture and interior architecture & design, from the beginning of the industrial period to the present. Through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments, students have the opportunity to study the philosophical, social, cultural and commercial concerns of such primary movements as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Art Deco and Post Modernism within Europe, the United States and Japan.

AH213 will provide students with an historical perspective of the designer’s world since the beginning of the 19th century. Students will gain an understanding of the major figures, movements and styles in design that have emerged since the beginning of the modern industrial period, and of the social and cultural forces that are the basis of the evolving craft of the designer. While significant emphasis will be placed on design of the recent past, students will be required to demonstrate understanding of the relationship between recent trends in design and the traditions from which they emerged. AH213 emphasizes the critical process and stresses writing as a primary means of demonstrating knowledge in these areas. Strong emphasis will be placed on all manifestations of modern and contemporary design as it concerns both two and three-dimensional forms.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR120 and AH151 or equivalencies
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester second year to complete degree requirements in four years
JUNIOR
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
DS300: Communication Design III
In Communication Design III students reinforce skills introduced during Communication Design I and II. The visual language of design as expressed through the understanding of professional design techniques, mechanics and practices will be examined through problems related to identity and environmental graphics.
• provide students with an overview of the skills and understanding needed in the visual identity and environmental graphics experience through the completion of four specific project phases.
• further strengthen the students ability to conceptualize, draw, and apply various mediums and methods to visual solutions to communication problems
• to introduce students to the ability to anticipate and manage human experiences as they relate to identity design and environmental graphics
• to provide a heightened awareness of a place or an event through the design of its environment • composition, visualization, managing or organizing solutions to problems, designing with contents,
quality of analysis and depth inquiry

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS201
3.0
DS302: Information Graphics
The theories and skills introduced in Communication Design I and II are revisited and further developed in Information Graphics. The development of students' abilities to design and facilitate people-oriented communications by organizing and restructuring the flow of information will be emphasized, as will their abilities to relate their writing skills to the formulation and evolution of visual communication problems.

This course will teach students to effectively and efficiently find and assimilate information, and then to interpret and understand what they have gathered. Students in this course will be challenged to complete projects that have been designed to familiarize them with a specific type of information design. Individual students will gain process-based experience pertinent to the development of their own personal problem-solving methods, which they might then use to design diagrams, charts, interfaces, instructions, maps and schedules.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS201 and DS202
3.0
DS330: Computer Studio III
An introduction and expansion of the web design process, tools and workflow for creating and building professional modern websites. Focus will be on the learning of HTML5, CSS3 and an introduction to Javascript/jQuery served with a side order of PHP. Also included will be keyword phrase exploration, search engine optimization (SEO) and set-up of Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools to make your site findable. We will also explore creating design solutions that consider the user interface and user experience (UX/UI) and how your website will appear on mobile and desktop devices.

Computer Studio III is the perfect introduction for web site development for MIAD designers because it's being taught by a designer. Assuming you’re reasonably confident with some Adobe design products, and enjoy browsing the web, you’ll find this a designer to designer introduction to the world of building web pages. From HTML to CSS then to Javascript and finally PHP, you’ll be introduced to the basics of building a site, hosting it, and maintaining it – and you’ll be learning it the right way from the start. All projects will start with the target audience of the site in mind. We'll then design the site's mood and it's navigation. From there we'll code it and get the site online. We'll also talk about Adobe Dreamweaver, content management systems (CMS) like Wordpress, responsive web design, graceful degradation and progressive enhancement, search engine optimization and adding social media feeds, youtube videos and Google maps to your site.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS231
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring
DS303: Packaging Design
In Packaging Design, students are introduced to the process of designing three-dimensional containers, individually or as systems for the mutual benefit of the end-user and the manufacturer. Emphasis is placed on symbols, shape, color, illustration and typography and how they relate to three-dimensional problems.

The course work is designed to give the student an introduction to the:
• Materials, printing techniques, and production methods specific to certain packaging types
• Effect and influence packaging design can have upon customers
• Creation of presentation quality packaging projects in 2D and 3D
• Role of packaging designers and market researchers through guest lectures
• Packaging manufacturing processes through site tours
• Basis of market research through written presentation of their own specific market evaluation.
• Environmental impact of packaging

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS201 and DS202
3.0
DS305: Advertising Design
Advertising Design is designed to familiarize the student with the profession of Art Direction within and advertising agency or design firm environment. Students learn the fundamentals of advertising, from a historical perspective as well as lectures on marketing, media options, research, account service, copy writing, illustration, photography and self promotion.

Course work will enable the student to participate in an advanced study of the advertising design process focusing on the development of skills that allow designers to effectively brainstorm concepts while visualizing and verbalizing appropriate strategies for both print and broadcast executions. The course will focus on the skill set needed to be an art director. Advertising trends in print advertising, web, outdoor, transit, broadcast, internet and new media will be covered within this course, as well as partnerships in the creative process. Measuring the effectiveness of advertising will also be an important component.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS200, DS201
3.0
DS331: Advanced Computer Studio
In Advanced Computer Studio, uilding upon the web-standards based skills derived from DS330 Computer Studio III, students will begin to explore the possibilities and opportunities of driving design through the intentional use of interactivity and behaviors. Adobe Flash is introduced as one of the many interactive options for creating custom online applications and presentations. Students will learn to drive their designs and interactive experiences through the introduction and utilization of ActionScript 3.0. Beginning with tween-based animations and ending with code-based animations, students will be able to create lean user experiences that will hand off alternate content when Adobe Flash is not supported.
Moving forward with alternative interactive options that are supported on today's most popular mobile devices; an introduction to HTML5 and Canvas are also explored. Students are given the opportunity to design, develop and compare between the advantages and drawbacks of Adobe Flash, JQuery and the emergence of HTML5.
An introduction to video editing and video based motion graphics are introduced through the use of the Final Cut Pro suite from Apple. Kinetic design experiences are explored and created through the utilization of these tools for deployment across today's most utilized media channels.
Students will also explore the effects that interactive design has on website and social media marketing analytics.
Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS330
3.0
Liberal Studies: Junior
WR300: The Creative Professional in Context
In The Creative Professional in Context, students explore the process of constructing a professional, public identity through written and verbal communication about their work in Fine Art and/or Design. They refine their skills in writing, speaking, and listening, and use writing as a means to examine the conceptual, critical, philosophical, and historical foundations of their emerging creative work within the broader contexts of their chosen fields and of visual culture broadly conceived.

In this course students learn to use writing as a means of effectively communicating ideas and information about their emerging professional identities. To these ends, students will write, edit and revise often; engage in self-directed research; analyze different rhetorical situations within the professional sphere; and refine their professional selves through both oral and written assignments. Instructors in WR300 employ frequent use of writing workshops and writing groups as well as individual writing assignments. Because the course is conducted in seminar fashion, students are expected to assume considerable responsibility for course materials and processes.

WR300 emphasizes the composition of polished, substantive written work, including description of studio work and processes, critical analysis of art/design texts, reflective writing, and communication with colleagues and peers. Assignments foster the development of a professional identity by engaging students in critical reading and discussion of key texts in visual culture and their major field, and identifying personal, cultural, and professional influences and connections that impact the student’s work. The course work will culminate in the creation of a substantive document representing a professional self, conceived in relation to these critical contexts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200
3.0
AH318: Art History Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
SC320/350/(2)321:NS Elect.
SC320 Topics in Natural Sciences description should be updated to reflect our current course offering:

SC320 is an advanced-level course that examines one of the many fields of Natural Sciences. Topics in Natural Science will rotate on a semester basis. Students will study the nature of scientific inquiry, the methods, theories, discoveries, technology, and language important to the specific field of science of their choosing. As part of the course, students will also conduct an independent inquiry utilizing the basis of scientific inquiry and research.

As an advanced course, SC320 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will examine a field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. The material and assignments will vary depending upon the field of natural sciences taught. This course can be retaken with change in topic for a 6 credits maximum.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220

SC321: Topics in Natural Sciences – Field Experiences

As an advanced course, SC321 builds upon skills and knowledge acquired in SC220. It is designed with the understanding that the coursework will focus on interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than on mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will first examine the field of natural science through readings and lecture material from a variety of sources and from a range of scientific and critical opinion. Students will apply in the field the theoretical knowledge gained by a literature review, with direct inquiry and hands-on activities and investigations. This course relies heavily on field work, direct inquiry and self-directed independent research culminating with a peer-reviewed oral examination. Note: The field component of this course i9 days, located at offsite from MIAD.

Prerequisites: SC220 or equivalent and permission of the instructors.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): SC220
3.0
HU380: Service Learning
Service Learning is an interdisciplinary course with a service-learning component and is designed as the synthesis of a student’s four-year humanities and social science experience. In HU380 students will study a topic in-depth (i.e., cities, families, borders, aging, food) and be presented with many opportunities for interdisciplinary investigation. Through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments, students will analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups function and work towards resolution. Topics will be dealt with through scholarly and community investigations that may include sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, political science, and history.

In HU380 students will have the opportunity to examine a social issue in depth, from a variety of perspectives. The coursework will focus on the historical and philosophical background of a given topic, as well as helping students to learn how to assess a variety of approaches to social systems through an examination of the nature of service in the community.

In the study of the social sciences, we examine patterns in our personal lives, the communities we live in, and a larger global context in order to see how they are connected. Through the in-depth study of a particular topic (i.e., food, cities, family, rivers, borders, aging), students will be able to analyze an issue in order to evaluate how social groups understand and work towards resolution. HU380 includes a service- learning component that is connected to the topic being studied. This will take place in the larger community, and it will allow students to examine the information they are learning through thinking and acting in a multicultural context.

Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): HS121 and WR200 + Junior Standing
3.0
Students complete 15 each semester third year to complete degree requirements
SENIOR
Required Major Courses: Fallcredits
DS400: Communication Design IV
Students enrolled in Communication Design IV will address the issue of cross media content delivery. They will assess the similarities and differences in approach when information migrates from one medium to another. They will work col- laboratively and develop an effective problem solving meth- odology. Periodically they will analyze each other’s work so that they may gain critical insight from the investigations of their peers and will work to develop a thesis proposal that will be implemented in the spring term.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS330
3.0
DS402: Communication Design Thesis
In Communication Design Thesis students will develop a major, self-defined, design investigation based in either the theory or practice of communication design. They will be challenged to independently guide their projects through a process that leads to results in which the message for the intended audience is clear. That process will require research, an understanding of professional practice, independent thinking, collaboration and risk taking. Students will take responsibility for their learning by identifying their own problem solving methodology. The discovery process will be documented and assessed in a final project/process document.

The Communication Design Senior Project is approached through a continuous, year-long experience with the fall semester focused on research, sketching and preliminary design and the spring semester focused on final designs, exhibit design and presentation.

Thesis is a self-defined project framed as an investigation. Students formulate a question and complete research that encompasses a substantive understanding of related topics, competitor analysis solutions, and target audience. Students identify a unique, innovative, research-based, theoretical or applied solution to the investigation. Solutions emerge from the design process rather than a preconceived result. Outside input plays a vital role through brainstorming sessions, questions posed, collaboration, and evaluation. Students present their work at pivotal points throughout the year which concludes with final presentations of their final project that is on review at the collaborative senior show.

Spring Semester (DS402) Students will revise and complete their investigation solution and then design an exhibit space that engages gallery viewers and reveals the results of their investigation. The space will be assigned by a college committee and the ways it can be used will be determined by the committee. There will be limits on the use of college equipment, sound, and installation space. Students will document and reflect upon their design process in
a process book that illuminates the path from topic of investigation to concept and realization.
It will include a written explanation of the exploration and assess its success.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS401
3.0
Required Major Courses: Springcredits
DS401: Communication Design Thesis
In Communication Design Thesis students will develop a major, self-defined, design investigation based in either the theory or practice of communication design. They will be challenged to independently guide their projects through a process that leads to results in which the message for the intended audience is clear. That process will require research, an understanding of professional practice, independent thinking, collaboration and risk taking. Students will take responsibility for their learning by identifying their own problem solving methodology. The discovery process will be documented and assessed in a final project/process document.

The Communication Design Senior Project is approached through a continuous, year-long experience with the fall semester focused on research, sketching and preliminary design and the spring semester focused on final designs, exhibit design and presentation.

Thesis is a self-defined project framed as an investigation. Students formulate a question and complete research that encompasses a substantive understanding of related topics, competitor analysis solutions, and target audience. Students identify a unique, innovative, research-based, theoretical or applied solution to the investigation. Solutions emerge from the design process rather than a preconceived result. Outside input plays a vital role through brainstorming sessions, questions posed, collaboration, and evaluation. Students present their work at pivotal points throughout the year which concludes with final presentations of their final project that is on review at the collaborative senior show.

Fall Semester (DS401) Students begin with discovery of a thesis topic of investigation through directed writing. Once a topic is established, students will collect primary and secondary research on the problem, competitors and target audience, and present their findings to the class. Once research has been exhausted, students develop appropriate design solutions through identifying the design components and continuing the design process through the creation of concepts, sketches, and drafts.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in Communication Design
3.0
DS405: Professional Portfolio/Practice
Professional Portfolio / Practice gives each student an opportunity to assemble her/his work from both school and professional practice experiences into a professional presentation format for review by prospective employers, clients, or graduate school admissions committees.

This course is a culmination of study in communication design at MIAD. It is an opportunity to assemble a body of work that represents the student's understanding, approach and practice of the chosen discipline. A study of anticipated career paths, their expectations and the transition from student to working professional will be explored. The class will help to finesse presentation skills and methods, address employment opportunities and approaches to finding them utilizing current technologies and avenues. Presentations by practicing professionals and recent graduates will be a part of this course offering. Studio projects and exercises will include assignments involving various typographic explorations and studies, improvements and revisions to existing work and, the creation of new work. The class will end with each student finalizing work to be included in a professional portfolio review with contacts from local agencies and design firms.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): DS400
3.0
Studio Electives
3cr studio elective:
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
3cr studio elective:
A studio elective is any studio course (art or design major course) within MIAD's entire Program of Study, as long as it not a requirement of the student's major, and as long as the student meets the prerequisite(s). In addition to required courses from all eleven majors, each semester MIAD offers various special electives with a range of topics.
3.0
Liberal Studies: Senior
WR400: Senior Writing Seminar
Senior Writing Seminar is an intensive capstone writing course run as a seminar examining the making of meaning through narrative; specifically, exploring forms of Life Writing. Students will study the various forms of “life writing” including: autobiography, memoir, new journalism and creative nonfiction. Through weekly written explorations, students will explore and practice the different forms that the genre of “life writing” may take. Within the context of a growing public popularity of autobiographical writing and memoirs, students will explore possible social, political and rhetorical purposes for writing from life and will compose a final, capstone life writing project individually as means for practicing this form of writing.

WR 400 is a capstone writing course that introduces students to emerging hybrid and intermodal forms of personal writing and causes them to analyze the contexts within which it is occurring. Through formal and informal written exercises, students will explore the capacity of language to help shape and give meaning and form to personal experiences, influences, individuals, achievements or landscapes. This writing should provide a reflective springboard for looking backward or for facing the future and determining larger contexts and meanings for experiences. It should also cause students to continue to develop more sophisticated skills as writers.

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nature and form of the writing that students produce will be various –individual writers will complete intensely reflective responses to readings and to one another’s writing. In an effort to identify past memories and influences, material choices and intentions, important events and people, composing short and long pieces about those issues and individuals.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s):
WR300 & Senior standing
3.0
AH318: AH Elective
AH318 provides students the opportunity to give in-depth focus to a wide range of elective topics in Art History. Experience in the disciplines is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. Among the topics which students may choose to study are courses such as: 19th Century American Masters; Early Chinese Art; Women, Art, and Society; The Bauhaus; The History of Industrial Design; and others.

AH318 is an advanced-level elective course in Art History. In AH318 students will undertake an in-depth and systematic investigation of one area of study in Art History. This topic may focus on the art of a geographic area or culture, a particular movement in the history of art, or on the life and work of one artist or group of artists. In each case, the course of study will include an extensive analysis of individual works of art, the cultures from which these emerged, and the critical discourse that helps us understand this art more clearly.

As an advanced-level course, AH318 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis and critical method rather than the mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Students will be presented with readings and lecture material from a variety of sources - and from a range of historic and critical literature on the topic under consideration. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): WR200 and AH212/213 or its equivalences
3.0
HU340: Topic in Humanities
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
HU340: Topic in Humanities
Topic in Cultural Studies offers students a range of topics in the interdisciplinary study of cultural phenomena in various societies. Courses may draw on or combine the methods and perspectives of an array of disciplines, including literary theory, media theory, film/video studies, cultural anthropology, history, philosophy, political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, psychology, museum studies, art history, and the history, philosophy or sociology of science. Experience in the topic is broadened through intensive reading, writing, research and oral assignments. As an advanced-level course, HU360 is designed with the understanding that the coursework will feature interpretation, analysis, and critical method rather than mere assimilation and recall of factual material. Each student will be expected to engage actively with course materials and methods and contribute regularly to class discussions and/or oral collaborative efforts—such as focus groups and panel discussions—that relate to course material.

Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s): HU121 and WR200
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester fourth year to complete degree requirements
120 credits minimum required to complete degree