Aug 21, 2018  
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Design

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Spencer Ladd (Chairperson) graphic design, typography, photography

Scott Ahrens digital media, graphic design, Virtual Reality

Jean-Francois Allaux

Michelle Bowers
visual language, typography

David Chapman graphic design

Victoria Crayhon

James Edwards i

Jan Fairbairn
graphic design, typography

Laura Franz typography, graphic design, web typography

Harvey Goldman digital media, 2D and 3D animation

Yoon Soo Lee graphic design

Bruce Maddocks

Sarah Malakoff

Mark Millstein
digital media

Ziddi Msangi
graphic design

Shawn Towne
digital media, web & interaction design

Janine Wong
graphic design, typography, book arts

The department offers a BFA in Visual Design.  In this major, students pursue work in a variety of options: Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography.

The Design Department takes advantage of being in a university structure by interrelating the verbal with the visual and the conceptual with the perceptual.  Because the function of design is to communicate, it has a built-in relationship with all disciplines, and involves cultural, behavioral, social and technological factors.

Admission to specific options requires submission of a portfolio.

All transfer students who wish to be admitted to courses marked with a “*” above the sophomore level must bring a portfolio to transfer orientation. Acceptance into advanced courses is rare, not automatic.

Computer Requirements

The Department of Design requires all Design students entering the Sophomore year to have a MacBook Pro laptop Computer. For specifications, go to:  Design

Learning Outcomes

Specific learning outcomes for each course are available on the syllabus for that course. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements in Design, students should possess:

  • Visual and written communication skills;
  • The ability to perform critical analysis of communication, form and concept;
  • The ability to solve visual, conceptual and communication problems through the process of independently-motivated trial, error and refinement;
  • Production expertise in their own field of study;
  • Familiarity with the history of their field, theoretical framework of their field and contemporary work being done in their field;
  • The ability to present themselves in a professional manner appropriate to their field of study;
  • A portfolio of work that represents their ability to do all of the above.

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