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Texas A&M University - UCD

ART416 :: Advanced Electronic Media
A focus on creative process, project workflow and organization, strengthening comping skills and stressing the correct print production of design projects.

Art Institute of Dallas

DMM5454 :: Entrepreneurship in Design
A blended online MA class that focused on Harvard Case studies to examine successful design ventures. Started with established projects and was challenged to redesign. After analysis, the final project was linked with the Capstone class in order to test their thesis ideas through social media.

DSN4003 :: Graphic Design Studio
A class devoted to solving the visual problems of pro-bono companies. The clients were asked to present the problem to the class as well as review the final work presented by the students. Course work included extensive ideation with summary focus on Preflight through InDesign and proper presentation of final files to the clients. The schedule, rubrics and content were not provided and were created specifically for the Hemochromatosis Society and Chamber Music International clients for this class.

DSN4043 :: Graphic Design Capstone
* A new upper-level class added to the AI-Dallas curriculum. This final class project was created to test design proficiency as demonstrated in an original cross-branding assignment. Concept and ideation is made evident in leave behind book that supplements video sales presentation to internal and professional audience. Weekly milestones were added since the introduction of this class.

Texas Christian University

ART30323 :: Typography III
Students were led through projects that explore type in a visual, communicative and decorative manner from the established department curriculum. Critiques were either individual with instructor or split among groups where students were led through presentation, observation and critique of fellow classmates.

Art Institute of Houston-North

INT419 :: Internship
An upper-level class where all majors participated in field internships. Students applied their experiences in monthly classes and demonstrated research skills in presenting alternative companies for employment. Group discussions and presentations about issues in their employment were all part of this special topics class.

DSN470 :: Graphic Design Capstone
* A new upper-level class added to the AI-Dallas curriculum. This final class project was created to test design proficiency as demonstrated in an original cross-branding assignment. Concept and ideation is made evident in leave behind book that supplements video sales presentation to internal and professional audience. Weekly milestones were added since the introduction of this class.

GD435 :: Graphic Design Studio
The topic for this class was to create an anniversary re-issue of a DVD package redesign for one of the top-rated AFI movies including a supporting gift or tchotchke elements that supported the theme or concept of the package. This project was assigned so that the challenge of research would be especially evident in the understanding of the ideas and significance of the movie and its context in film history.

GD420 :: Portfolio II
This class culminated in the presentation of a professional matted portfolio of 10 works and a final presentation to the class summarizing the objective, the challenges overcome and what was learned from each project. Attention to detail with final presentation of matted work was emphasized. Standards were strictly reinforced with typos earning a failing grade. This class also had Portfolio 1 students.

GD417 :: Senior Project
A class that focused on identity and leave behind materials for the Art Institute Senior Show as well as for the interview process. Logo, letterhead, resume and leave behinds were all professionally executed and presented in the final class. Rubrics and schedules were revised to focus on the creative process.

GD314 :: Collateral Design
* A new upper-level class added to the design curriculum. The challenge was to pick between creation of a new tradeshow experience focused on green energy for an existing oil company and the creation of a children’s experience for the Houston Museums’ King Tut exhibit. Multiple ideas were explored before choosing a direction. A physical prototype of the booth was created to be photographed to included in the supporting materials.

GD430 :: Art Direction
This class was new to our campus and so rubrics and lectures were created and content researched to create an introduction to solving advertising problems through visual and verbal concepts. Students were challenged to brainstorm together and consider audience and appropriateness of message. The class ended with presentation of two very different campaigns.

GD409 :: Sustainable Design
* A new upper-level class added to the design curriculum. I reviewed several textbooks, requiring one that explored challenges to design and manufacturing for sustainable solutions. A visit to Clampitt Paper was included for a seminar on how sustainable paper was made. Class work was split between chapter reviews and projects that allowed students to explore their personal issues and solutions with sustainable design.

GD327 :: Package Design
The challenge of exploring, creating and adapting 2D designs to 3D forms. This class focus was not only on form but concept in naming and visuals. Projects start with inspiration for creative and dimensional ideas, move through conceptualization and rapid prototyping to finish with two portfolio projects.

GD320 :: Editorial Design
An advanced layout class that employed style continuity, type and visual elements for multi-page layouts. This class was taken over mid-quarter when the instructor of record was found not to be engaging the students.

GD313 :: Environmental Design
* A new upper-level class added to the design curriculum. This project was based on creating a new brand within a store and to have students work together in groups like they would in an agency. The groups researched Whole Foods, taking pictures and notating their experiences in the difficulty of finding the prepared foods section and presented in class. Their research into different food experiences was summarized in a research document and allowed them to design several options in a formal presentation for the last class.

GD220 :: Digital Grid Systems
* A new class added to the design curriculum. This intermediate layout class was specifically added to introduce the grid. My focus was to ‘break the grid’ varying the use of columns and adding AIGA medal winners as content to enhance students’ graphic design history and problem-solving skills for the final project. The schedule, rubrics and content were not provided and had to be created for this class.

GD217 :: Typography III
This class challenged students to create a new Cirque du Soleil experience. The type was explored through numerous iterations as the illustration styles were being explored. The depth of thinking for this project helped students describe and create an immersive experience. Part of the inspiration for this project came from my first portfolio class and finding there were few poster projects in the program as it was set up.

GD114 :: Concept Design
This class was redesigned to focus specifically on the conceptualization of logos and its introductory function in solving design problems. Concept was defined as ‘symbol-synthesis’ or ‘substitution’ to give beginning students clear direction on achievable goals for their projects.

GD111 :: Typography I
An introduction to hand-lettering, typographic concepts and the history of letterforms. Content was provided but new projects were added and many of the old were taken away to focus on detail and create a ‘boot-camp’ like structure to emphasize quality and quantity of thumbnails as well as attention to detail with the structure of letters. This class had evolved from each iteration based on inspiration and the needs of the program.

ART109 :: Image Manipulation
An introductory class to raster-based digital image manipulation. In-class assignments focused on learning key features of Photoshop with increasing complexity. Projects allowed students to engage creativity and would present ideas to class before starting them. Students were also called upon to demonstrated their project progressions to the class from the instructor’s computer for class critique.

ART106 :: Design Fundamentals
An introductory course into the principles and elements of design. This class was revised with the Foundations Coordinator to accommodate the new objectives added that year. An introductory focus on research and critical thinking were added to the existing projects that focused on an introduction to elements, color and expression through layout.

CA403 :: Animation Portfolio
I developed the outcomes for this first class at our campus. I created the syllabus, schedule, lectures and designed an InDesign template to showcase a professional animator’s portfolio. Output services and paper vendors were considered to source a cost-effective and updateable brochure. Their identity program and leave behind were also developed during the quarter and presented at the final presentation.

PHOT302 :: Digital Publishing
This upper-level class was new to our campus and so rubrics and lectures were created and content researched to introduce photographers to layout. The final project for the class was a 24-page self-promotional book. Students were required to use their portfolio images and also given lessons in expressive type to help push their ideas.

*Art Institute schools had a mandated curriculum change to graphic design programs in 2011. Schools have a two-year grace period to integrate the classes into their curriculum. Since our school had only been established a couple of years earlier our Dean decided that the new curriculum structure be embraced in the quarter after it was announced.