Intermediate and Advanced Design Instructor: CAREY MCCRAY
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Students of level three design have proven their commitment to design by electing to take the course for a third consecutive year. With this commitment in mind, the third year design course requires students to be focused, and proves to be a turning point in the development of these young artists.
The discipline of typography dominates the majority of the first semester curriculum. Very few students enter the class with an understanding of effective typography, but they all leave with an understanding of its importance and role in the world of design. Over the course of several months, the students of level three design are challenged to create meaningful and communicative images using only type. Students are taught about the anatomy of a typeface, and are introduced to the evolution and importance of typography.
After a thorough investigation of typography, the students are required to demonstrate their understanding of design principles through photography. After students return from the semester break, they are taught about the role of photography in design. Students are introduced to a variety of photographers from the past and present, and are required to research the visual qualities of those artists’ images. After several technical and art historical lectures, the students are required to demonstrate their technical ability with an SLR digital camera, and are challenged to prove their understanding of design principles through a series of photography assignments.
The third year of design culminates in the creation of a portfolio in preparation for both college and the AP Studio Art (2d design) portfolio exam. The students are asked to truly investigate the limitless possibiities of both web and print portfolios. The purpose behind this project is to create a self-promotional piece that adequately describes their body of work, as well as their personalities. The format of this portfolio is not determined by the instructor, but rather by each individual designer.