DMA 160: Special Topics In Design | Media Arts: If Picture Paints 1,000 Words: Contemporary Photography and Semiotics - Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE:

Special Topics In Design | Media Arts: If Picture Paints 1,000 Words: Contemporary Photography and Semiotics

INSTRUCTOR:

Willem Lucas

TEACHING ASSISTANT(S):

Zeynep Abes


DESCRIPTION:

Students analyze contemporary photography to find 1,000 words that describe one photo, by borrowing its composition and color scheme, and creating typographic compositions that replace/represent it. Students design visual essay by researching two photographs with written essay that includes information graphics on composition, color, light/shadow, and image comparison. Result is magazine, with fitting typography and in-depth information, and third student-made photograph to match two research sources. Students develop ways of looking; come to understand basics of semiotics; do visual research; and gain awareness of composition in photography, and deeper understanding of medium. Students develop typography skills, both expressive (typographic representation of images) and formal (magazine design). Students also enhance writing skills by describing imagery based on analyzing principles. Designed for students who have completed course 154.
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