In the Junior year, projects become more in-depth and exploratory. Interaction with real-world situations/clients also come into play.
Type 3 presents additional elements typography including hierarchy, grid structures and systems for more complex documents. More traditional book design, deep explorations of form, and typeface design are also part of this semester.
Human-Centered Design is one of the first classes where the students have a real-world experience. The director from the Folly Theater Jazz series works closely with the department, attending critiques, giving feedback and ultimately choosing work to be produced. Students learn to re-interpret their designs in a variety of media, taking into consideration how people interact with their work. Packaging design is also explored further — with the positioning of the product on the shelf, the audience, ease of use, etc. being considered.
Information Architecture introduces the basic concepts and methods of ordering, structuring and relating of data. Here, we use our visual and organization skills to create understanding.
Professional Practice further prepares the student for entry into the workforce upon graduation. Field trips and guest speakers in the profession gives students the chance to explore the variety of opportunities out there. Resumes, cover letters, print and online portfolios are created, reviewed and revised. Social media is “cleaned up” and developed as a professional tool. Upon completing of this course, students will have the tools at hand to seek internships during their senior year.