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Course Description: Design for Media is an update of the traditional Design II curriculum adapted to Media Arts students. Design and color issues from the foundation curriculum are reinforced and expanded. Special attention is given to how these issues are utilized in contemporary film, animation, photography and interactive media. Specific time based design issues such as transition, sound, rhythm, and movement are introduced, as well as resources and told to guide growth in professional and focused ways.


  • Embrace Failure as a Positive Event—Failing Forward (“I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don’t work out, that’s when I’ve really learned.” –Carol Burnett)

  • Establish and Maintain a Creative Habit (“Doing is better than not doing, and if you do something badly you’ll learn to do it better.” –Twyla Tharp)

  • Digital Application of Foundation Year Design and Color Theory Concepts

  • Consistent Documentation

  • Engage and Provide Value to classmates’ Critiques (“I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.” ― Anthony Bourdain)


  • Weekly Review of your Process Blog (every Tuesday at 8am in your Assigned Classroom)

  • Weekly Lectures and Workshops (every Thursday, schedule subject to change, in JVC Auditorium). Always check the Design for Media Blog for the updated schedule: design4media.wordpress.com

  • Working in Team Hierarchy, understanding roles and responsibilities


  • External blog that visually documents your weekly progress

  • Portfolio of Media Arts-Focused Artwork

  • Group Pipeline Project (completing an entire production—from concept to final project)

  • Creative Team Experience

  • Artist’s Statements (writing and revision of clear project statements)

  • Experimentation and Application of a “New” (as in “new” to you) Technique/Media


This course is designed to help students develop in the following areas (check all that apply):




Knowledge base

Organizational skills

Observation skills

Research skills

Presentation skills

Adaptive skills

Analytical skills

Interaction skills

Associative skills

Reasoning skills

Media skills

Empathy skills

Ideation skills

Response skills

Feedback skills

Iteration skills

Mastery skills

Critique skills