Category Archives: Design Classes

New Prefix for Design Courses!

Design courses now have their own prefix! Design courses previously listed as ARTS are now listed as DESN,

This change has caused some issues with Degreeworks for students pursuing a Design major. We are working with the Registrar to resolve this issue. Please be patient, and rest assured that this issue will not interfere with your ability to graduate. Degreeworks is a tool for students, and sadly often confusing. Your entire transcript is reviewed when petitioning for graduation.

Please direct questions or concerns to


New Class: TYPE 3

New Class Type 3

Are you looking for an opportunity to create unique work for your portfolio? Type 3 is advanced-level course that builds upon the foundations covered in Typography 1 & 2. We’ll be engaging in ways of thinking and ways of working and talking about what makes typography tick. Students will engage in exploratory workshops and typographic exercises to reinforce professional-level skills necessary for the working world. This course culminates in producing an in-depth project that utilizes conceptual thinking skills and a refined understanding of typography. This studio course is perfect for those who want to have fun with typography, are curious, and seeking to find their typographic voice.

ARTS370 (46008)
Instructor: Amy Fortunato
TH 2:00 PM – 5:50 PM

Take ARTS 190 Design Foundations this Winter

This course is primarily for students interested in graphic design, but is also useful for Studio and Photography majors. There are no prerequisites and is open to all students. The class will cover fundamental theories and methodologies of color theory and 2-D design in traditional and digital mediums. Through observation, analysis, writing, exercises, and projects, students begin to develop work processes that involve articulation, visual research, concept generation, form making, and craft skills. Seats are still available for the winter session.

Take ARTS 191 Basic Software this Winter

Looking for a winter course? ARTS 191 Basic Software is an entry course for Design majors and minors with no prerequisites. Open to other majors as well.

The class is an introduction to the fundamentals of prevailing software applications used in design; such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Students work with multiple software applications to create projects that communicate through a variety of forms both digital and in print. This class prepares students with the necessary software skills required for upper level Design courses.

6th Annual Careers in Film Summit

Careers in Film Summit


10/31/20 Halloween and Horror Genre Schedule

10:00 a.m. – Welcome

10:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – All Things Animation
Mike Belzer, Animator, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Kendal Cronkhite Shaindlin, Assistant Art Director, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Sandra Equihua, Character Designer, “The Book of Life”
Jackie Koehler, Lead Animator, “The Book of Life”
Jennifer Kluska, Director/Story Artist, “Hotel Transylvania” films
Michelle Murdocca, Producer/Exec. Producer, “Hotel Transylvania” films
Moderator: Randy Haberkamp, Senior Vice President, Preservation and Foundation Programming, Academy
See Full Panel Biographies

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Music in Horror Films
John Carpenter, Writer/Director/Producer/Composer, “Halloween”
Moderator: Mike Muse, host of Sirius XM’s “The Mike Muse Show”
See Full Panel Biographies

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Lights, Camera, Action…Production!
Maxime Alexandre, Cinematographer, “The Nun”
Rick Baker, Special Make-Up Effects Creator, “The Wolfman”
Luis Sequeira, Costume Designers Branch, “It Chapter Two”
Jennifer Spence, Production Designer, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”
Checco Varese, ASC, Cinematographer, “It Chapter Two”
Moderator:  Audrey Cleo Yap, Multimedia Journalist
See Full Panel Biographies

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Working Above-the-Line
Tobin Bell, Actor, the “Saw” movies
Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, Co-Writer/Director/Producer, “Antebellum”
Ian Cooper, Producer, “Candyman”
Gerard McMurray, Director/Producer, “The First Purge”
Terri Taylor, Casting Director, “Get Out”
Moderator: Mike Muse, host of Sirius XM’s “The Mike Muse Show”
See Full Panel Biographies

4:30 p.m. – Program Ends


This program is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation

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

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 ( 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


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!