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GRA 530
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Course Objectives: 

This course aims to teach creating visual communication solutions for local or global social issues, designing to create awareness and having experimental and artistic point of view.

Course Content: 

Students make a graduate level research, produce creative images with technological, traditional or both graphic design techniques create a concept, define the typographic elements and designs posters. They gain advanced graphic communication knowledge, improve designing skills with many visual creating techniques, improve research skills and deeply understands His/hers effectiveness and influence as a designer. 

Teaching Methods: 
1- Lecture 2-Case Study 3-Brain Storming 4- In-class Discussion 5- Creative Problem Solving 6- Demonstration (Computer Practice)
Assessment Methods: 
A: Assignments B: Project C: Presentation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes of the Course Learning Outcomes of the Program Teaching Methods Measurement Methods
Having the knowledge and experience on basic design principles, elements and elements to be able to use this information effectively for social benefit design solutions 1, 2 1,2 2,4
To be aware of its effectiveness as a designer on social topics and to be able to produce social benefit designs 2, 3, 4 1,2,3 2,3,4
To be able to make graphic applications for different media 1, 2, 5 2,5 2,4
To use the technology required by the field effectively 5, 7 1,2,3 2,4
To be able to produce design solutions based on research, needs and socio-cultural values 6, 10 2, 4, 5 3,4

Course Flow

Week Subjects Preliminary
1 General Introduction, First Things First Manifesto and discussion of the designer's effectiveness on social issues;  
2 Analysis and explanation of graphic elements in Poster Design (theory: image-type-message-composition-techniques-formules)  
3 Review of Posterposter.org - Design for Poster Monday (free topic: local or global current problem will be identified and researched, sketches will be made throughout the course, messages and techniques will be discussed for the chosen sketch, design will be started - 10%, visa)  
4 Continued - Design for Poster Monday (design will be completed in class)  
5 Demonstration of examples from Good50x70 posters and class discussion  
6 Posterfortomorrow.org - Poster For Tomorrow 2017: Poster design sketches (idea sharing) for Freedom Of Movement - 20% visa  
7 Posterfortomorrow.org - Poster For Tomorrow 2017: Poster design sketches for Freedom Of Movement (image and message sharing)  
8 Posterfortomorrow.org - Poster For Tomorrow 2017: Poster design application for Freedom Of Movement (last week)  
9 10% blankposter + 10 %postermonday + 20% freedom of movement = 40% VISA  
10 Tibor Kalman, COLORS Magazine and Benetton sample (Trademarks and social responsibility)  
11 A design will be made for the selected foundation or organization (brochure, flyer, poster, promotional material, social media advertisement, current subject / requirement and a graphic product will be selected.  
12 Graphic product design: content organization and sketches  
13 Sketching with the foundation or organization  
14 Completed sharing with the foundation and recent revisions.  

Recommended Sources

Course’s Note Graphic Design Articles GMK Said, Articles (various photocopies, .pdfs will be shared)

Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist, Peter Hall and Michael Bierut

Other The Design of Dissent, Milton Glaser ve Mirko İliç.

The Graphic Imperative Sergisi - Afiş Örnekleri Gösterimi

Good 50 x 70 Sosyal İçerikli Afiş Tasarımları Websitesi

Himpe, T. Advertising is Dead, Long Live Advertising!, Thames & Hudson VE Çizgidışı Dergi

  www.posterposter.org, www.posterfortomorrow.org, blankposter.com, etc. poster design sharing sites and design competitions.


Midterm Studies No Percentage of Contribution
Homework 1 %20
Midterm 2 %20
Seminar and Presentation    
Project 1 %60
Ratio of Final to Success   %60
Rate of Success in the Year   %40
Total   %100

Course’s Contribution to Program

Course’s Contribution to Program Outcomes
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution Level
1 2 3 4 5  
1 Ability to develop courage to search and try to creative design solutions as well as the functional purposes.         x  
2 Awareness of professional responsibility to create designs considering cultural and individual needs of the audience.         x  
3 Gain ability to conduct research, to create theoretical knowledge, and to make suggestions.       x    
4 Ability to produce texts in academic formats.     x      
5 Gain competence at the level of expertise in art and design related fields.         x  
6 Ability to develop design projects by knowledge and skills in the field of design with a critical approach.       x    
7 Ability to use technological equipments required by the field in advanced level.     x      
8 Follows the current information about design culture, and adapts them to the projects.         x  
9 Gain ability to the conduct interdisciplinary projects in the chosen field.         x  
10 Ability to do extensive reading in design related fields.       x