Earlier this week, at 9am, I completed a complicated task. This task leaves some students feeling victorious, and some students crying over their computers, because the future year for these students rests in this task.
Yes… I’m talking about course selection…
Luckily for me, my experience with course selection was NOT so bad 🙂
I basically got all the course times I preferred and managed to fit in a course for my new minor in Digital Media! Even though my work load will probably be crazy, I know I can manage it!
For all my lovely readers, here is a list of the courses I’m taking in the fall and winter semesters with a description of each…
History and Evolution of Typography –
This course addresses the historic development of the typographic form from the calligraphic forms that pre-date Guttenberg’s invention of movable type and letterpress to current digital typography. We consider the cultural, technological and historical contexts critical to the understanding of typography and its uses. Typographic nomenclature as it has evolved is studied with respect to anatomy of the letter, its measurement and its technological history. Through lectures, class discussion, readings and research, students will learn to analyze typography and its effectiveness in the shaping of “word pictures.”
– Interesting? I don’t know…
Graphic Design 1 –
Through a variety of experiences ranging from the development of graphic form to composition and colour, students will develop visual vocabularies and an aesthetic understanding of how content and message impact on form and communication. All studio-based projects require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. Students will work in two and four dimensions with static and time-based formats. The course will integrate current software and appropriate digital methods.
– This will be fun!! (but I foresee some challenges in this course…)
Typography 2: Structures –
In this course students will explore typographic structures, focusing on normative and conceptual principles. An in depth analysis is undertaken in this course that explores the letter relationship to the word, the word relationship to the line, lines in relationship to column and the way these elements activate a particular space. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of visual hierarchy and grid structures, as well as the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic qualities of typography.
– hmm…. relationships?? Seems pretty complex…
Communication: Time, Motion, Media –
This studio investigates communication design specific to the capture and creation of motion. Students will be introduced to narrative elements and principles as they are found in interface, animation, video, film and television. Students will study the effective use of time, space, sound, transition, media integration and graphic story telling. The course will explore basic digital motion creation processes: video-capture, animation, workflow, digital asset management, and distribution.
– Sounds so AWESOME!!!
Special Topic in Social Science: Economic Principles for Artists and Designers –
How does the economy work? In the current volatile economy, how can we tell whether we are just in another economic cycle, or witnessing a major shift in the global world order? What factors precipitated the current economic condition and has something fundamental changed that art and design students would do well to understand? What alternatives are there? This course provides an introduction to macro and micro economics, locates the Canadian economic system within the global context, and drills down to the role of the business enterprise, from sole proprietorships to international corporations.
– Basically what I learned in Grade 11 Economics but in University… COOL!
Graphic Design History in the Twentieth Century –
This lecture-seminar course engages in a study of communication arts and media within the context of the 20th century. The course focuses on the relationships between technological, social, economic, political and cultural changes that have shaped and influenced the development of communication arts. The range of subjects covered includes the impact of the two world wars and the Vietnam War; the influence of the Bauhaus, the developments in editorial design, the first attempts at computer composition, corporate design, electronic imaging and advances in print and pre-press technologies.
– History? Doesn’t seem SO bad… I think…
Think Tank 1: Awareness –
This interdisciplinary course examines the social condition of where and how we live in the context of the Faculty of Design’s primary mandate ‘Design and Humanity’. The significant impact that intelligent and sustainable design can have on people’s lives and the considerable responsibility that the designer has to society are critical factors in shaping behaviour and turning research and perception into action. Strategies for change are channeled into potential project solutions in this course through the research, discussion and debate of current societal issues.
– This could be good…
Graphic Design 2 –
The course focuses on process, word/image interaction, meaning, hierarchy and the impact of dimensional form on effective communication. Students will learn to distill complex ideas into concise and convincing two and three-dimensional elements. All studio-based assignments require research and presentations that include verbal, written and visual components. The course will integrate current software and tools in both physical and virtual environments.
– Cool Stuff!
Typography 3: Advanced Structures –
Students will continue to explore the design of organizational typographic structures in this course. The presentation of complex information in a clear and engaging manner, servicing utility and where appropriate, beauty, is the primary focus. An increased emphasis on content, concept and type’s association to imagery for specific target audiences will be addressed through a range of typographically-driven projects.
– This will be Super Helpful!!
Communication: Surface, Object, Space –
Using a variety of materials through analogue and digital processes this course introduces students to the elements, principles and processes used in the development of three-dimensional form. Students examine the meanings and associations of forms, along with the underlying structural principles affecting their creation. Central to the course is how concept, form, material and process are inter-related. Through critical reasoning and an awareness of contemporary Graphic Design practices in architectural, exhibit, way-finding, and packaging design, students develop the skills and confidence to produce meaningful forms in three dimensions.
– YES PACKAGE DESIGN!!!! So excited to take this course!!!! SERIOUSLY EXCITED!!!!!
Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape: Introduction to Communication Studies –
This lecture course is designed to offer students critical and analytical skills to understand our complex media environment through the study of the basic principles, methodologies and topics relevant to Communications Studies. Students examine historical, economic, technological and policy perspectives that shape how we respond to and participate in a media landscape, with an emphasis placed on the Canadian context. Topics to be addressed include: theories of communications and media; public and private media; communications and nations; culture industries; media convergence; geopolitics of global communications; networks and communications; democracy and media; and consumers, identity and media.
– Media Studies?? Very Thought-Provoking!!!
And that is the list of the courses I’m going to take. Now, I may be adding a course to the Fall, that is if I get in… but we shall see. I’m going to cross my fingers for luck 😉