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Originally, I kind of wanted to go to a bigger school...but I didn't want to be 1 in 1000 kids in a classroom. I like speaking with others and getting to know people. It's that comfort factor that allowed me to build a strong rapport with the teachers here at Curry.


Greg Gough '11
Police Officer, Farmington, NH
Major: Criminal Justice




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Learning Outcomes

All Fine Arts Undergraduates Majors and Minors

Students will demonstrate ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in various processes/techniques, and skills/methods in creative media.
  • Identify and apply underlying aesthetic principles in the study, critique, and creation and/or performance of works of art.
  • Analyze the broader social/historical contexts of works of art.

The Graphic Design Major

Foundational and Formal Skills

Composition + Visual Literacy

  • Identify formal principles associated with visual language
  • Create works that utilize formal principles of design
  • Implement principles of design across multiple mediums
  • Investigate design principles through drawing and sketching

Color

  • Identify formal principles associated with color theory
  • Create works that utilize expressive and intuitive color use
  • Implement color across multiple mediums and technologies

Typography

  • Study history and classifications of letterforms
  • Use design systems (grids) for typographic layout
  • Implement rules (style sheets) for typographic hierarchy
  • Create relationships using type and image, and type as image
  • Connect typographic form to meaning
  • Create works implementing typographic best practices

Oral + Visual Communication

  • Translate abstract concepts and ideas verbally and visually
  • Use of various media to communicate
  • Formulate clear and critical analysis of work
  • Comprehension and use of visual vocabulary in communication
  • Exhibit listening skills while others are speaking

Written Communication

  • Identify a topic and formulate a thesis/argument
  • Analysis, and organization of research content
  • Compare and contrast content and contexts
  • Use of proper grammar
  • Develop own writing style and critical evaluation for content
  • Document references according to an accepted manual style

Intellectual and Conceptual Skills

Critical Thinking

  • Develop process to create several concepts for a single problem
  • Creation of multiple iterations from a single idea / concept
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving within constraints
  • Translation of concepts and ideas toward a visual solution
  • Express authorship and voice in one's own work
  • Recognize design ethics: soc / politic / environ awareness

Content and Context

  • Develop sense of work within a historical context
  • Compare/contrast historical and contemporary issues in media
  • Generate abstract concepts from concrete contexts
  • Use of metaphor to communicate complex ideas and concepts
  • Study signs and their meaning (semiotics)

Information Literacy / Quantitative Reasoning

  • Research and analysis for complex systems of information
  • Selecting, editing, and organization of vast amounts of content
  • Evaluate data in numerical, tabular, and graphic form
  • Charting, mapping, and diagramming content
  • Identify appropriate graphical representation for content
  • Deliver content with clarity & meaning, audience consideration

Creative Strategy

  • Research, analyze, evaluate, an industry need
  • Identify target market and audience
  • Generate a creative brief / creative strategy based on research
  • Work within confines of deadlines and constraints
  • Develop own writing style and critical evaluation for content
  • Development of visual branding and messaging

Technology and Production Skills

Software

  • Demonstrate aptitude using design-specific software
  • Choose appropriate software for a design-specific need
  • Implement best practices using tech. for industry standards

Web Development

  • Design for usability, web compliance, and web standards
  • Develop basic web pages using XHTML/CSS
  • Program basic interactive functions using Action Script 3 (AS3)

Print Production

  • Construct and collect files properly for print
  • Identify and evaluate various print processes
  • Spec'ing a print job (colors, paper, pages, etc.)
  • Managing timing and budget

 
Student Art and Design Exhibit Spring 2014

Join us to celebrate the annual student exhibition of art and design work from Curry College studios.  The Exhibition runs from Monday, March 31 thru Saturday, April 5 with a special reception to be held on April 5 from Noon - 2:00 p.m.

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