Category Archives: Design Classes

Mathematical Design Class for MQR Credit Requirement, Fall 2020

Have you been looking for an exciting class that satisfies the MQR requirement?  A new class in the math department is being offered in Fall 2020 that blends mathematics, design, and art.

The course is MATH 128: Mathematical Design (CUNYFirst code 63538) and it is open to all students who placed into MATH 122 (Precalculus) or above. Students will learn mathematical concepts and algorithmic techniques that can be used to create digital art based on mathematical exploration of two-dimensional geometry.  These images will be realized using pen plotters.

(Examples of mathematically inspired pen plotter artwork by Josh Barratt, Matt DesLauriers, and Michelle Chandra.)

The math topics in the class will be taught gently – they involve include transformations of the plane, trigonometric functions, polar coordinates, parametric functions, and Mobius transformations.  Students will learn the basics of programming in Desmos and p5js to be able to create images on their own. No prior experience in programming is necessary.

We anticipate that this class will be offered on a regular basis starting in Fall 2020.  In Fall 2020, the course will be mainly taught online.  If possible, groups of students will meet a few times during the semester in the Queens College Makerspace to be introduced to the Makerspace and have hands-on experience with the pen plotters.

Any questions can be directed to Professor Christopher Hanusa at chanusa@qc.cuny.edu.

Remote Learning for Fall Semester

On behalf of the Design faculty and staff we want to extend a sincere thank you to students for the patience, generosity, and commitment to learning that you overwhelmingly demonstrated last Spring semester. The unplanned move to remote learning was difficult, and was only possible only through the combined efforts of students and teachers. Thank you also to those students who have reached out to communicate their hopes and concerns for the Fall semester in relation to uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

The Design faculty is currently planning the fall semester with two primary goals:

  1. Provide students with rigorous courses that prepare you for professional careers in the field of design.
  2. Make sure that no student, teacher, or staff member puts their health or their family’s health at risk to exposure to COVID-19 for the sake of participating in classes or completing their assignments.

We have decided that the best way to achieve these goals in the Fall is to conduct all Design courses remotely for the entirety of the semester. As campus resources such as the print lab and computer labs reopen, updates will be posted to this blog. However, teachers will not be assigning work that requires you to use these facilities.

To participate in your Design classes at the start of the semester, please check that you have the following pre-requisites completed before August 25, 2020.

  • A current and functioning CUNY CAMS account and a computer with a built-in microphone/camera and the Adobe Creative Cloud installed*.
  • Check both your personal email and QC email accounts for Instructions on how to access your class websites, video conferencing information, and other important course detail. In most cases, this is your QC email address, unless you provided a personal email address to be linked to your CAMS account.

We hope you have a safe, healthy, and happy rest of summer and look forward to (virtually) seeing and working with you in the fall.

*ARTS173 does not require a computer or Adobe Creative Cloud, but does require access to a smart phone.

ARTS 370 Classes – Fall 2019

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design-Intro to AR/VR
Class Number: 42389
Day & Time: Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 9:50 PM
Instructor: Michelle Cortese

Intro to AR/VR Students will learn how to create mobile Augmented Reality (AR) applications (for Facebook and Instagram) using Spark AR Studio and simple Virtual Reality (VR) applications (for the Oculus rift) using Unity 3D game engine.
Prerequisite: Some experience with 3D design and/or computer programming suggested but not required.

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design-Animation 2/3
Class Number: 42394
Day & Time: Wednesdays 1:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Instructor: Dustin Grella

Students with experience in animation production will be exploring the experimental documentary genre to create a 1-2 minute complete animation that can be used for presentation in publications or film festivals. Topics we will cover during the course of making the film will be writing a creative brief, audio recording, storyboarding, concept art, animatics, shot lists, file organization and presentation of the film. Students interested in completing a 2-4 minute animation can contact Professor Grella to discuss ideas and taking this course for two consecutive semesters.

Prerequisite: ARTS193 VT: Intro to Digital Animation and ideally at least one other animation course

Professor Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals as well as the Museum of Modern Art, has been published in the New York Times and has won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design-Physical Computing.
Class Number: 42383
Day & Time: Wednesdays 1:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Instructor: Danne Woo

Physical Computing. Using a keyboard and mouse is not how we interact with each other in the real world, so why do we still use these archaic tools to communicate with our machines? In this course we will be focusing on how we can design physical interfaces and use microprocessors like the Arduino, along with sensors, motors, knobs, switches, cameras, etc. to allow humans to more naturally interact with digital and physical installations.

Prerequisites: None

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design-Typeface Design.
Class Number: 42395
Day & Time: Tuesdays 2:00 PM – 5:50 PM
Instructor: Thomas Jockin

Typeface Design. This course will enable students to learn the tools of modern typeface design and take students through concept generation and creating a digital font. This is a great elective course for students interested in communication design and user experience design.

Note: Apple Computers are required for this class, the software isn’t available for a PC.

Prerequisites: ARTS242

Digital Activism Lab Media Studies Class

In this seminar/studio hybrid, students are invited to investigate how technology currently both empowers and marginalizes different communities, while also exploring how the possibilities within technology can advance their own activism practices. Projects developed in this class lie at the intersection of physical computing, creative computation, Internet of Things, and web/app development.
Interested undergraduates would be welcome to write to the instructor, Ari Melenciano (arimelenciano@gmail.com) for permission to be enrolled.

The Business of Art – Spring 19 Course

The Business of Art

YOU can develop the business skills necessary for a successful & sustainable career in the Arts! Learn proven Corporate Strategic Planning techniques adapted for the Arts to achieve your goals!

Professor Richard Move
Drama 3903 – 02 (54155) Special
Topics – Business of Art
Wednesday 1:40PM – 4:30PM

REGISTRATION IS IN PERSON ONLY AT THE OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA, THEATRE & DANCE RATHAUS #213

Topics of the Business of Art include setting & achieving goals, time management, financial literacy/budgeting, fundraising/crowdfunding, resumes/CV’s, written & verbal communication skills, online presence & more!

Richard.Move@qc.cuny.edu

New ARTS370 class added to Spring 2019 schedule

Brand Identity and Systems Design

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT
Class Number: 56769
Day & Time: Wednesday W 1:40 PM – 5:50 PM
Instructor: Andrew DeRosa
Prerequisite: ARTS-241 & ARTS-242

In this course students will create visual systems composed of a variety of design artifacts for representing the core values of an organization and help it engage with their audience.

QC Student Takes Top Honors at Rarebit Animation Festival

Congratulations to Jadxia Carbajal, Christian Dantzler and Jessica Hong for having work selected to screen in the 2018 Rarebit Animation Festival at Queensborough Community College.  Additionally, the jury awarded Jadxia Carbajal’s film Battery, about her personal experience with Type I Diabetes, the top honor and she took home the 2018 Rarebit Award.

Christian Dantzler’s film, Ruptured, was about learning to love while simultaneously navigating childhood society was created using Flash and Photoshop, as well as some traditional pencil on paper techniques.  Both Christian and Jadxia’s films were two-semester projects in Professor Grella’s ARTS 370 Animated Documentary course.

Jessica Hong’s film Ghost Ice Cream is a humorous yarn about a ghost that is in love with ice cream.  Hong, an upcoming senior, created her film in Professor Cowan’s Intro to Animation course.  She is currently working on a film about irrational fears, to be finished in December.

This was the second year for the Rarebit Animation Festival which takes its name from Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, the innovative and often surreal comic strip by one-time Sheepshead Bay resident Winsor McCay (c.1867-1934). Perhaps best known for his popular strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, McCay was a pioneer in the art of animation–his  cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) was one of the very first animated films ever created.

2018 Typographics Conference @ Cooper Union (students can attend for free)

Design Students interested in attending this year’s two day 2018 TYPOGRAPHICS conference at Cooper Union on June 15th-16th have the opportunity to volunteer their time working at the conference in exchange for free attendance,

Find out more about the two-day event here.  http://2018.typographics.com/

Interested in volunteering???  Send an email to type@cooper.edu and put “Volunteering for Typographics” in the subject line so it is recognized.  You should hear back.

 

ARTS 370 Classes – Fall 2018

Animated Documentary

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 43613
Day & Time: Fridays 2:00 PM – 5:50 PM
Instructor: Dustin Grella
Prerequisite: ARTS193 VT: Intro to Digital Animation and ideally at least one other animation course

Students with experience in animation production will be exploring the experimental documentary genre to create a 1-2 minute complete animation that can be used for presentation in publications or film festivals. Topics we will cover during the course of making the film will be writing a creative brief, audio recording, storyboarding, concept art, animatics, shot lists, file organization and presentation of the film. Students are required to have taken ARTS 193: Introduction to Digital Animation and ideally at least one other animation course, however, if you have questions about your skill level please feel free to contact Professor Grella at dustin.grella@qc.cuny.edu.

Students interested in completing a 2-4 minute animation can contact Professor Grella to discuss ideas and taking this course for two consecutive semesters.

Professor Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work has screened at Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals as well as the Museum of Modern Art, has been published in the New York Times and has won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

https://vimeo.com/channels/animationhotline

Advanced 3D Modeling

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 43609
Day & Time: Monday 6:00PM – 9:50PM
Instructor: Michelle Cortese
Prerequisite: ARTS 213 3D Modeling

This course is for students who want to expand on the skills they gained in ARTS 213 3D Modeling and ARTS 279 3D Animation. Projects will focus on exploring how 3D modeling can be used for next-generation user interfaces like virtual reality and augmented reality and, prepare students for a career as an animator and communication designer. Professor Cortese is currently a Virtual Reality/360 Product Designer at Facebook.

Shoot. Edit. Post.

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 43619
Day & Time: Monday 8:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Instructor: Kathryn Weinstein
Prerequisite: ARTS 191

This class will introduce the use of iPhone as a tool to shoot, edit and post photos/videos. Through lectures, exercises and assignments, students will work with a variety of free and low-cost camera and editing apps, hone skills in visual storytelling, and explore strategies to maximize the potential of social media to engage audiences.

Typeface Design

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 43616
Day & Time: Sundays 1:00PM – 4:50PM
Instructor: Thomas Jockin
Prerequisite: ARTS 242

This course will enable students to learn the tools of modern typeface design and take students through concept generation and creating a digital font. This is a great elective course for students interested in communication design and user experience design.

Note: Apple Computers are required for this class, the software isn’t available for a PC.