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Junior Studio Electives

Students may select from a wide rage of studio elective courses related to their department and major. See The Hoot (Otis Course Catalog) for course descriptions.

Drawing & Painting for Illustrators

Students refine their expressive and observational drawing, painting, and composition skills, as they relate to illustration as a means of visual communication. Studio sessions encourage experimentation and improved technique, leading to the development of personal style.

Senior Project/Research Paper

This course is aimed at helping students define, analyze, and develop a comprehensive design proposal and creative brief for their senior projects. The course emphasizes critical thinking and writing, and the role of the citizen designer in the twenty-first century.

Required for Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design majors.

Senior Studio Electives

Adversiting major students may select 4 units in the fall semester and 6 units in the spring semester.

Graphic Design major students may select 8 units in the fall semester and 8 units in the spring semester.

Illustration major students may select 6 units in the fall semester and 8 units in the spring semester.

 

Students may select from a wide range of studio elective courses listed below:

 

 

Advertising Workshop

ADVT 240    2 credits

Interactive Advertising

This course introduces students to the various opportunities for advertising in the online arena. They will be applying fundamental advertising concepts to emerging media such as online banners and web campaigns. This class will challenge students to be nimble and fluid with their campaigns.

Practicum I/II

Practicum is one of the core learning structures in the communication arts curriculum. One-on-one critiques with faculty and guests, lectures, demos, and workshops are all components of each section required of all students, sophomore to senior. Sections are divided by year.

Senior Project/Seminar

Students explore conceptual, theoretical and experimental communications problems based on individual proposals, offering them the opportunity to integrate personal vision with professional goals. Meeting in cross-disciplinary teams facilitated by faculty advisors, students define the scope and objectives of their inquiry and outline their research and production methodologies. The class culminates in a visual project accompanied by a written narrative.

Course Fee: $100

Advertising and Art Direction III/IV

Students push their research, analytical, and technical skills under the influence of advanced, in-depth instruction involving professional creative briefs to solve advertising and branding problems. Teamwork is essential as students explore creative assignments ranging from individual print ads to complete campaigns, including television and interactive and convergent media.

Type & Image for Advertising

This class focuses on creating synergy between photography and typography. Students develop the skills needed to be a competent Art Director on professional photoshoots through a series of hands-on commercial photography exercises. Students then develop dynamic typographic solutions that compliment the photography and enhance the strategic communication goal.

Typography III

Students engage in a more advanced study of typographic systems, principles, and usage, with an emphasis on refining the students’ understanding of typography’s informative, expressive, and experimental potential to solve complex communication problems in a range of media.
Prerequisite: COMD218/219 Typography I/ II

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