The graphic design senior studio is a platform for students to develop their “voice” and personal interests for the practice of graphic design. The studio realizes its pedagogical goals by engaging in real world issues or projects that are “information” driven. This approach requires students to analyze informational content and context to represent, to translate these into narratives and explore options for re-telling content in visually meaningful and engaging ways.
The senior studio, as an open-ended research environment allows students to develop results that vary from student to student. For example, in 2008 the studio explored “water” as an open topic to relate to. Final projects included books, stencils, events, signage, smart phone applications, websites, posters, exhibitions and installations. The work was published in a book entitled Water Matter/s.
Topics for Investigation
The studio is focused on communicating ideas and issues visually. In preparation for the Fall Studio, we would like EPSCoR researchers to share interesting questions or issues that have public significance as potential topics for students to investigate. Topics could include: food webs; particular creatures in those webs, such as plankton; changes in the ocean environment such ocean acidification; etc. Graphic Design faculty will evaluate topics and share those most appropriate for the course teaching objectives with students.