Category Archives: Design Classes

ARTS 370 Classes – Spring 2018

Physical Computing

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 7665
Day & Time: Friday 2:00PM – 5:50PM
Instructor: Danne Woo

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.

No prerequisite required.

Illustration for Digital Publications

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design

Class Number: 7661
Day & Time: Tuesday 2:00PM – 5:50PM
Instructor: Ryan Hartley Smith

This class challenges students to make illustrations for the emergent field of digital publishing. Students will experiment with simple animation and GIF-making techniques, investigate and pursue online publishing opportunities, and develop a competitive portfolio of work for future employment.

Prerequisites: ARTS 188 Illustration I

Shoot. Edit. Post.

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design

Class Number: 7663
Day & Time: Thursday 10:00AM – 1:50PM
Instructor: Kathryn Weinstein

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.

Pre-requisite: ARTS191

Upper Level-Animation

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 7662
Day & Time: Wednesdays 1:40PM-5:30PM
Instructor: Dustin Grella

This course is for students who want to expand on the skills they gained in ARTS 193 VT: Introduction to Digital Animation. Students will create projects that will prepare them for a career as an animator. This course is perfect for students with a concentration in Animation and Illustration.

Prerequisite: ARTS193 VT: Intro to Digital Animation

Typeface Design

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 7660
Day & Time: Sundays 1:00PM – 4:50PM
Instructor: Thomas Jockin

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.

Prerequisite: ARTS 242

Advanced 3D Modeling

Course Name: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 7664
Day & Time: Monday 6:00PM – 9:50PM
Instructor: TBD

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 and, prepare students for a career as an animator and communication designer.

Prerequisite: ARTS 213 3D Modeling

 

Still looking for a design elective for Fall 2017?

Tech Development Lab Class

For anyone with a product idea who wants to develop it further and get credit for it as an ARTS370 class…

Tech Development Lab
MDST 381  – undergrad
Fall 2017 – Wednesdays, 2p-4:50p.

In this studio course, digital pioneer Douglas Rushkoff will help participants bring their own technology concepts from the idea stage to full proposals and prototypes. Each week, guest industry experts will help students explore precedents and influences, choose platforms, develop user scenarios, determine market fit, write wireframes, evaluate social, economic, and environmental impact, prepare and rehearse proposals, build prototypes, and then participate in a live pitch before a panel of funders and technologists. Up to three projects will be invited to participate as members of QC’s new Technology Incubator.

This course is open to the entire college community: all majors, undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. Class size is limited to 15. Participation in this course is by instructor permission only.

Email drushkoff@qc.cuny.edu with a paragraph about your idea or the need you want to address, and one paragraph about yourself. Teams are welcome. If you’re a developer or coder, you can register without your own idea, and partner with another student during the semester. 

Upper Level-Animation Elective for Fall Semester

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 44394
Day & Time: Wednesdays 1:40PM-5:30PM
Instructor: Dustin Grella
Topic: Animation II

This course is for students who want to expand on the skills they gained in ARTS 193 VT: Introduction to Digital Animation. Students will create projects that will prepare them for a career as an animator. This course is perfect for students with a concentration in Animation and Illustration.

Prerequisite: ARTS193 VT: Intro to Digital Animation

Learn Type Design as an Upper-Level Elective in the Fall

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 44392
Day & Time: Sundays from 1PM-5:30PM
Topic: Typeface Design
Instructor: Thomas Jockin
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.
Prerequisite: ARTS 242

New Fall Elective Course: Advanced 3D Modelling

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 44339
Day & Time: Wednesdays 6PM-9:50PM
Instructor: Michelle Cortese (www.ellecor.com)
Topic: Advanced 3D ModelingThis 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 and, prepare students for a career as an animator and communication designer.Prerequisite: ARTS 213 3D Modeling

New Fall Elective Course: Web Comics and Satirical Illustration

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 44917
Day & Time: Mondays 8:10AM-12PM
Instructor: Ryan Smith
Topic: Web Comics and Satirical IllustrationThis course is for students who want to explore the emerging field of web comics. Assignments will focus on using comics for political commentary and social satire. Topics for lectures include contemporary cartoonists and ways of publishing and promoting web and independent content. This course is perfect for students with a concentration in Animation and Illustration.

Prerequisite: ARTS 188: Illustration I

New Fall Elective Course: Data Visualization

Course Number: ARTS 370-VT: Special Topics in Design
Class Number: 44395
Day & Time: Fridays 2PM-5:50PM
Topic: Data Visualization
Instructor: Danne Woo
The massive amounts of data that we produce is steadily rising year after year. This evergrowing sea of information needs to be understood. Since we are all naturally visual people, the best way to understand this data is to graphically interpret it as data visualizations. This class will focus on sourcing publicly available data sets, analyzing these data sets to understand the story in the numbers, and designing visualizations based on our findings. The first half of the semester will focus on printed infographics and the second will be entirely interactive interpretations of the data using HTML5.
Prerequisite: ARTS 191

New Course Just Added for Spring 2017: ARTS 370 Animation 2


This course is for students who want to expand on the skills they gained in ARTS 193 VT: Introduction to Digital Animation. Students will work with renowned animator Dustin Grella to create projects that will prepare them for a career as an animator. This course is perfect for students with a concentration in Animation and Illustration.

ARTS370 (7442)

Prerequisite: ARTS193 VT: Intro to Digital Animation

Instructor: Dustin Grella

Day/time: Wednesdays 1:40pm – 5:30pm

 

New Spring Elective Course: ARTS 192 Storyboarding & Storytelling

This course focuses on storytelling skills for time-based media through the introduction of storyboarding techniques. Storyboarding is the art of transforming a written script into a sequential, visual story. Concepts addressed in this course include: tools, methods and techniques, visual storytelling and narrative structure, shot composition, “acting,” and character development. This will count as a lower-level elective for Design majors.

Instructor: Elliot Cowan

Prerequisites: ARTS 191; and ARTS 188 or ARTS151

Day and Time: Sundays from 1:00-4:50pm

New Spring Elective Course: ARTS 266 Children’s Book Illustration

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“Red Dorothy” by Elizabeth Sayles

This course introduces students to the field of children’s book illustration through lectures, demonstrations, and writing and drawing exercises. This course is primarily for students interested in illustration and design, and will count as an upper-level elective.

Prerequisites: ARTS 151, or ARTS 188

Instructor: Elizabeth Sayles

Day and time: Saturday, 1:00-4:50PM