Studio: Graphic Design

Investigate the design thinking framework, historical context, and cultural perspectives to solve real-world problems in graphic design as you create artifacts and lessons for immediate application in the art classroom.

3 Credits|8 Weeks|$1275

Logo designer, Paul Rand, often referred to as the father of graphic design, said, “Design is relationships” (Paul Rand: Conversations with Students, 2009). In this course, participants will embark upon a journey to investigate and form design, conceptual, and problem-based relationships, while developing insights into graphic design. These insights will influence strategies and decisions in both the art classroom and personal studio.

Participants will solve visual communication problems through the use of typography, photography, illustration, color theory, composition, and iconography. As participants investigate real-world problems in graphic design, emphasis will be placed on the design thinking framework, historical context of graphic design, cultural perspectives, and integration of design theories. Participants will apply their learning by creating graphic design artifacts oriented toward social and community good and practical graphic design lessons and applications to incorporate immediately in the art classroom.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Additional Materials

  • Optional: Variety of traditional art materials (colored paper, glue, markers, pencil, etc.) based on the choice of assignment approach
  • Optional: Subscription to Adobe Suite based on the choice of assignment approach
  • Camera (traditional, digital, phone, iPad, etc.)
  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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