Each class will begin by introducing a specific method, concept, approach, or technical process which will then be followed by a short learning activity with guided practice. Students are given a brief review at the end of this section which functions to determine comprehension and retention of the introduced topic.The introduction period will also focus on either a hand-drawn design skill, or software concept in either Adobe®Illustrator or Adobe®Photoshop.
Various activities will be included during the main portion of each class. These always related to the introduced topic or assignment, and can include, but are not limited to:
- Guided Practice: The guided practice will establish a foundation to build the structured assignment on. In-class
assignments and projects will be given with a focus on industry perspective with the instructor serving as art director and students functioning as an in-house design team. This not only teaches students the importance of visual communication and dialogue but also the importance of group contribution.
- Studio Session: The instructor facilitates communication of necessary goals, strategy, process, theme, required elements and technical specifications, but also ensures that visual and technical discussions continue throughout the studio time which will foster the successful completion of individual assignments that will then be used in group critique. Prior to the studio session, the instructor provides examples of other successful design pieces as they relate to the assignment and discusses their efficacy in design, communication, and technical specification.
- Group Discussions: Group discussions are critical for the understanding of how connections are formed, the exchange of ideas and review of topics, as well as how perception can vary based on personal experience and psychographic factors. Studio sessions and guided practice, as well as break-out groups to discuss a topic as a team, will be included from time to time.
The last 5 – 10 minutes of each class are dedicated to closing out the lesson, answering any questions students may have, discussing the homework assignments due during the next class, and giving a brief overview of the next class.
Homework assignments will include selected readings along with one of the following:
- an assessment to ensure understanding and completion;
- a reflection (see more in “How to Write Reflective Statements”); or
- a critical thinking response.
Just like all other written assignments, these may be submitted on the course website in the appropriate location.