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This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice. Students work both on and off the computer to complete assignments that explore basic 2D communication principles integrating color, shape, texture, typography, and photography to build a visual language. Essential skills in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator that support the task of each assignment will be taught through weekly tutorials.

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Sep 28 - Dec 11
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Innovation is applied creativity. Designers need to know personal practice, innovation techniques, and how to implement their ideas. This course teaches all three techniques through a combination of reflection, focused exercise, and the creation of plans. Each week, students learn one technique for idea generation along with one technique for sustainable innovation.

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Aug 24 - Dec 11
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Enter the world of infographics. Learn what kind of graph to use in which scenario and how to present information in a way that is relevant for consumers. Students will learn about the growing field of information design. By the end of the course, you will have created your own infographic on a topic of your choice. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Required Software: Excel or similar spreadsheet software
Required Hardware: Computer with internet access, digital camera or scanner

Nov 2 - Dec 11
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In this foundational course students are introduced to hands-on and holistic approaches to sustainability. This course covers current sustainability frameworks, principles, and materials assessments, as well as the history and logic behind them, providing students with useful research tools to apply to the ever-changing demands of sustainable design, business, development, and policy-making. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

Required Hardware: Computer with internet access; digital camera or scanner

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Aug 24 - Dec 11
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Master Critique is a unique online opportunity to work with photographer and book artist Ricardo Bloch who lives in Paris. For Ricardo, books can provide all makers an exploration of image, text, and materials. He sees artists' books as a medium that allows for pushing boundaries and expanding the definition of what a book is–whether it be graphic or conceptual, handmade or printed, narrative or stream -of consciousness, photocopied or collaged, political or autobiographical, analog or digital.

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Aug 24 - Dec 11
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Can a particular form or set of stimuli always or reliably bring about a particular result? While there is still divided opinion as to how far an understanding of neurological functions can go in explaining how art “works” on the viewer or reader, scientists and artists alike have turned to neuroaesthetics to explain the aesthetic experience through a science of the mind.

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Aug 24 - Dec 11
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In this course, students critically examine the cultural meanings of representations of the body in art and visual culture. Organized in roughly chronological order, the course comprises a series of case studies in the history of representation of the body in art, science, and popular culture. Some of the topics that may be addressed are: the classical nude found in Greek sculpture, female saints, mystical visions of the body, photographic pornography and fetish fashion designs, aesthetic dismemberment of the body in modern and contemporary art, the transgendered body, and cyber bodies.

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Jun 1 - Aug 7
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As popularized in the pages of magazines like Rolling Stone, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, the Illustrated Portrait provides a fresh new look at the strengths and flaws of people who shape popular culture, our government, and everything in-between. In this class, the history of portraiture will be used as inspiration and as a technical style-guide. Students will create their own vision of important (and not-so-important) people.

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Jun 1 - Jul 5
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For a century, poster art has been used effectively for commerce, propaganda, protest, image, and personal expression. This course will focus on two particularly vibrant and expressive applications of this medium: the concert poster and the theatre poster. For stylistic inspiration and a basic historical overview, we will look back at the most revolutionary movements and artists of poster art: from the French Art Nouveau posters of the 1890s to the psychedelic-rock posters of the 1960s.

Jul 6 - Aug 7
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This course concerns itself with the great variety and the interdependence of species that live on this planet. Students discuss just how species evolve and grow and how they die and become extinct. Change over time in living organisms is a major theme of this course. Class sessions are primarily lecture-based with some discussion. Assignments include examinations and short essays. In addition, a biodiversity field trip gives students practical experience in observing the living and the interactive cycle of one species. / Open to students ages 18 and above.

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Aug 24 - Dec 11
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