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Course Catalog: Design + Visual Communication

The Design + Visual Communication program exposes students to all aspects of contemporary visual design throughout their two years in the program. Year one is the foundation in basic concepts and their application to a variety of visual media. Year two examines career choices, whether corporate or entrepreneurial, and deepens the student’s knowledge of problem-solving in a variety of design environments and projects.

Students explore all aspects of Visual Communication: Principles of Design, Image Manipulation, Motion Graphics, User Interface, Social Media, Package Design, Workflow and a variety of Design Studio models to inform their future career choices. This program provides students with the necessary skills to work in these fields through hands-on learning with state of the art equipment in the classroom and labs. Students develop not only the technical skills needed for success, but also the collaborative, problem-solving, and aesthetic skills needed in the professional world of Visual Communication + Design. To successfully complete the Design + Visual Communication A.A.S. program, students must satisfactorily complete 18 credit hours of Core Studies and 50 credit hours of courses specific to the program area. All courses are offered in-residence.

Course contact hours follow 15 lecture / 30 lab hours for each credit hour awarded.

Tribeca Flashpoint Academy Class Meeting Times
9:00AM - 10:50AM
11:05AM - 12:55PM
1:40PM - 3:30PM
3:45PM - 5:35PM
6:05PM - 7:55PM
8:10PM - 10:00PM

 

MAS101 - Production-In-Action
The Production-In-Action course offers every student direct, hands-on experience in completing a professional media production, which encompasses all disciplines at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. During the three weeks of Production-in-Action, students collaborate with fellow students as well as industry professionals to create the finished product.  Students will work as part of a cross-discipline team to create digital assets for the production.

Total Contact Hours: 45  /  Total Credit Hours: 2  /  Course Length: 3 Weeks

 

MAS214 - Career Development I
Career Development I introduces students to the skills and practices necessary for a successful transition to a career in the media arts industries.   Business correspondence, interviewing, and employee performance expectations are covered.  Taking ownership and responsibility for the job search process is underscored while establishing rapport with the Career Services Department.

Total Contact Hours: 16  /  Total Credit Hours: 1  /  Course Length: 8 Sessions

 

MAS234 - Career Development II
Career Development II continues the preparation for media arts industry careers that began in Career Development I.  Topics include self-promotion and presentation, business correspondence refresher, elevator pitch, Job Fair, etiquette with employers, networking, and the Alumni Club.  Emphasis is placed on personal accountability and focused enthusiasm for gainful employment in a working relationship with the Career Services Department. Prerequisite:  MAS214

Total Contact Hours: 16  /  Total Credit Hours: 1  /  Course Length: 8 Sessions

 

VCM101 - Principles of Design I
Principles of Design I
focuses on the history of design and its applications, as well as focuses on the basic principles of design: terminology, methods of problem-solving, aspects of composition, visual hierarchy, content development, scale, contrast and pattern. Students will study design movements while learning the fundamentals behind any good design.

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM103 - Digital Image Manipulation
Digital Image Manipulation
exposes students to image manipulation through current and emerging techniques and software. Basics of still photography and composition will be explored, as well as the various strategies available through the computer, enabling students to communicate through increasingly sophisticated design lenses.

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM105 - Motion Graphics I
Motion Graphics I
provides an introduction to moving image design through the study of aesthetics, history, techniques, and tools used in the development of moving titles, interstitials, info-graphics, and animations.

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM109 - Interactive Design I
In Interactive Design I students will research, analyze, critique and design effective user interfaces using a variety of technologies and methodologies. The aesthetics and principles behind interactivity and the impact on user experience will be explored. Students will work alone and in teams to develop strategies for traditional, current and emerging interactive platforms.

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM111 - Principles of Design II
Principles of Design II builds upon Principles of Design I, exploring design principles on an advanced level. This course explores contemporary approaches to Design Theory – including research-based design, advanced aesthetics and the increasing integration of custom design options based on target audience feedback and metrics.
Prerequisite: VCM101
Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM113 - Brand Identity
In Brand Identity, students explore brand identity and develop corporate logo and identity packages while further exploring contemporary applications of design and communication. Students work with in-house “clients” on design teams developing full identity systems and marketing materials. Prerequisite: VCM103

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM119 - Interactive Design II
Interactive Design II focuses on advanced aspects of interactive design that include creating and prototyping applications for mobile platforms. An exploration into emerging interactive design platforms will also be part of the course, and students will develop marketing strategies for effective corporate and personal interactive projects. Prerequisite: VCM109

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM205 - Motion Graphics II
Motion Graphics II guides students through more advanced features and techniques in the development of complex info-graphics, lower-thirds, title sequences, credit sequences and more. Building off of skills and experiences in previous coursework, students combine a variety of different media into robust, engaging and informative animation experiences. Prerequisite: VCM105

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions


VCM208 - Design Studio
Design Studio
immerses students in a working design environment through engaging real-world studio models that produce a wide variety of media for a diverse catalog of clients, products and initiatives. Students will learn, practice and modify multiple workflow protocols and client deliverables based on both traditional and emerging studio models. Different roles and responsibilities are offered throughout the course, and students work as senior and junior designers on team-based projects. Prerequisite: VCM111, VCM113, VCM115, VCM119

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM209 - Design Workflow
The goal of Design Workflow is to ensure student understanding of the intricacies of workflow and to provide hands-on practice of content and asset management and delivery across design platforms. Students prepare and manage workflow of projects for print, interactive, animation and beyond.

Total Contact Hours: 32  /  Total Credit Hours: 2  /  Course Length: 16 Sessions

 

VCM212 - Package Design
Package Design covers basic and advanced design principles as applied to three-dimensional package design and corporate marketing strategies of packaged products across multiple platforms.

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM213 - Designing for the Client
Designing for the Client exposes students to business strategies and communication techniques when designing for someone else. In this course students will learn standard practices for good design, as well as the structure and paperwork needed to design for a wide variety of clients.

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM214 - Social Media Design
Social Media Design provides an introduction to social media design and marketing tools, and enables students to hone their design skills through the integration of cutting edge marketing strategies and platforms for clients.

Total Contact Hours: 32  /  Total Credit Hours: 2  /  Course Length: 16 Sessions

 

VCM216 - Focused Study I: Advanced Design
Focused Study I: Advanced Design is an intense practicum learning experience that prepares an emerging designer to pursue a career in Interactive Design, Motion Graphics and/or Brand Management. Building off of the skills and experiences from Brand Identity, Designing for the Client, Motion Graphics I & II, Interactive Design I & II and Design Studio, students will select, scope, design and manage a variety of projects that emphasize different client types, brand types and delivery formats, including computer platforms, mobile devices, live events and on-location installations. Prerequisites: VCM208

Total Contact Hours: 90  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 15 Sessions

 

VCM225 - Flashpoint Academy Studios
Flashpoint Academy Studios
provides students with the unique opportunity to participate in a media arts production company.  Working in teams, students are assigned to client-based projects derived from inside the institution and from the public at large.  Each faculty-supervised team is responsible for delivery of a professional, finished product for the client.  Upon completion of the course, students will have experience in collaboration and accumulated professional work credits for their portfolios. Prerequisite: VCM208

Total Contact Hours: 44  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 22 Sessions

 

VCM236 - Focused Study II: Advanced Design
Focused Study II: Advanced Design continues the practicum learning experience of Focus Study I and further immerses the student designer in the professional realm through a variety of new projects that allow for real-world interaction with clients, brands and products. Deeper exploration, experience and execution of projects across a variety of platforms and formats in this course provides the culminating learning experience to refine the skills and knowledge of the emerging design professional. Prerequisites: VCM216

Total Contact Hours: 90  /  Total Credit Hours: 3  /  Course Length: 15 Sessions

 

DESIGN + VISUAL COMMUNICATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Design + Visual Communication – Year One

ENG101 Composition I (3)
HUM101 Humanities I (3)
MTH101 General Math (3)
SPH101 Oral Communication (3)
MAS101 Production-In-Action (2)
VCM101 Principles of Design (3)
VCM103 Digital Image Manipulation (3)
VCM105 Motion Graphics I (3)
VCM 109 Interactive Design I (3)
VCM111 Principles of Design II (3)
VCM113 Brand Identity (3)
VCM205 Motion Graphics II (3)
VCM119 Interactive Design II (3)

 

Design + Visual Communication – Year Two

MAS214    Career Development I (1)
MAS234 Career Development II (1)
ENG102 Composition II (3)
HUM102  Humanities II (3)
VCM208 Design Studio (3)
VCM209 Design Workflow (3)
VCM212 Package Design (3)
VCM213 Designing for the Client (3)
VCM214 Social Media Design (2)
VCM216 Focused Study I: Advanced Design (3)
VCM225 Flashpoint Academy Studios (3)
VCM236 Focused Study II: Advanced Design (3)
 
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Course Catalog: Design & Visual Communication

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