Spring 2021 - IAT 110 D100
Visual Communication Design (3)
Class Number: 6695
Delivery Method: Remote
Visual communication for art and design in digital media. Students learn the fundamentals of digital raster and vector image creation. Design principles such as form, typography and colour theory as they apply to digital media will be taught. Students will have core projects in digital photography, magazine layout and kinetic typography. Primarily for non-SIAT majors; while SIAT majors may take the course, it does not count for credit for SIAT degree requirements. Breadth-Humanities.
This inquiry-based course will allow students to practice researching, writing and reflecting on a visual communication problem. Students will learn in a "studio style/interactive" lecture, where hands-on activities including sketching, journaling, and team discussions will be used to facilitate active engagement with the course ideas and approaches to acquire the fundamentals of analog and digital visual communication.
In addition, students will be introduced to historical, political and technical dimensions of visual composition including the principles and elements of design applied to an image, a series of images and to image and text combinations.
Students will be expected to use analog techniques such as a pencil, a sketchbook, and image collaging tools. Digital tools required include access to a digital camera and open source applications.
This is not a technically oriented or software training course, students will be expected to be highly motivated and self-sufficient in learning any necessary technical skills to complete the assignments.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students will be prepared to:
• Examine historical, political and technical dimensions of visual communications and design
• Compare and contrast the tensions between analog and digital image production as it relates to a visual communication problems in selected contexts.
• Apply the principles of design including research, visual composition, sketching and analysis to an image, a series of images and to image and text combinations.
• Reflect on their own perspective when solving visual communication challenges and how their personal stance shapes their design approaches, decisions, and solutions.
• Critique their own designs and the work of others in terms of how elements within the design communicate idea and intention.
- Assignments 40%
- In Class Participation 15%
- Midterm 15%
- Final Project 30%
This is a draft assignment weighting; assignment weights will be announced the first day of class.
This course uses the SIAT standard grading scale for final letter grades, the cutoffs for which are:
A+ - 95%
A - 90%
A- - 85%
B+ - 80%
B - 75%
B- - 70%
C+ - 65%
C - 60%
C- - 55%
D - 50%
F < 50%
Before starting this class, you should be able to:
- use a digital camera or phone to take photographs.
- use a computer to print, scan and download instructional materials from a website.
- be comfortable self learning open source software applications and / or apps for tasks such as photo editing and word processing.
- organize your work-schedule
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
• A sketchbook with white pages (no lines or squares). It has to be no bigger than letter size (8.5 x 11 inches) and no smaller than (5.5 x 8 inches).
• An analog writing tool (pencil, marker or pen).
• Access to a computer that is able to process digital images and that you can download software to. You will be expected to download freeware as needed.
• Have access to a digital camera. Camera phones or other lower quality cameras are fine as long as the picture is at least 10-mega-pixels in resolution quality.
• Readings: There are two required books for this course (see info in the "required reading" section). Additional readings will be distributed digitally through CANVAS via SFU Libraries.
• There is a $15 supplemental course fee for printing and other in-class activity supplies for this course.
"The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Manual for Visual Communication" (2016) by Ruben Pater; BIS Publishers
"Understanding Comics - The Invisible Art" (1994) by Scott McCloud; Harper Perennial
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).