Announcing Spring 2014 Workshops at MCAD

MVA partners Namdev Hardisty and Zachary Keenan have been teaching continuing education classes at Minneapolis College of Art & Design since 2008 but this coming semester is one of our more ambitious schedules and we’re excited to share what we’ve got coming up:

Advanced Portfolio Development (10 Weeks)

Do you have a design project that you want to start, but don't know where to begin? Has your day job taken some of the passion out of your portfolio? Have you started a personal project but are having a hard time completing it without the benefit of regular feedback? Perhaps you just miss showing new work to a group of trusted fellow designers or colleagues?

Created specifically for graphic designers looking to refresh their portfolios, this class is based on an MFA mentorship model. The class was created to provide the structure necessary to make a real project and offer quality feedback to challenge and push students. Without concrete milestones and helpful feedback, projects can languish indefinitely.

Students in this class will propose one project, receive feedback on its viability and promise, and then meet weekly for group critiques and individual consultations with the instructor. Students who know they are in need of new work but are unsure where to begin will work with the instructor to assess needs and find a suitable project. This class is open to students interested in creating new design-driven projects in print, web, and motion.

Instructor Namdev Hardisty has been teaching at MCAD since 2008 and helped dozens of students bring personal projects from an idea to completion.

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm; February 13–April 17
Instructor: Namdev Hardisty
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00 
1 Credit Tuition: $750.00

More details here.

Experimental Image-Making (10 Weeks)

Through multiple projects students in this class will explore new materials for mark-making, photography, and sculpture; misuse old tools; invent their own techniques; and make a ton of stuff. Students will also spend time discussing their discoveries, successes, and new aesthetics.

Untitled Image by Kristen Wubbels. Created during Free Improv project led by Namdev Hardisty.

It’s time to make something new.

Photocopy, scan, photograph, trace, light, cut, layer, make prints with your car’s tires, freeze a sculpture in a container of milk. Whatever you can think of.

It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your art-making, whether you want to inject your work with new ideas, or you “can’t draw” but want to make a body of compelling images. In this class, you’ll develop new approaches to producing pictures and explore the role of free experimentation (or, play) in artistic progression.

At the end of the class, each student will have new work—striking, fascinating images that can live on their own—and new processes to enrich their art and design work.

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm; February 12–April 17
Instructor: Namdev Hardisty
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00 
1 Credit Tuition: $750.00

Illustrated Typography (10 Weeks)

Take your love for type and experiment with a wide range of illustration and mark-making methods to create your own hand-rendered font library.

This class is for anyone wanting to explore new ways to bring personality and character into their typographic design work. Methods will include both hand-rendered illustration techniques and computer-aided production. Students will be exposed to various traditional and nontraditional mark-making tools and methods. The class will also focus on historical and cultural letterform context. Experimentation is strongly promoted and students are encouraged to develop their own methods for creating forms. In addition to one-off typographic expressions, each student will create one full custom alphabet, digitize it, and apply it to a final layout.

This is a project-based class comprised of a brief study into current illustrated type design, an exploration of how structures, forms and aesthetics affect visual communication, class discussion, project work time, and peer critique. This class is designed for students with a diversity of skill levels and interests who want to explore their own personal and professional development and experiment with typeface design. Students will maintain a sketchbook throughout the class which will serve as a record of typographic observations and concepts

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm; February 11–April 15
Instructor: J. Zachary Keenan
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00 
1 Credit Tuition: $750.00

Intro to Typography (10 Weeks)

Where do our letters originate? Why do they look the way they do? And what makes for good type and typography? Type, the often-overlooked foundation of print and web design, is all around us. In this introductory level class, students will learn about the different schools of thought when it comes to type; learn basic typographical terminology and techniques; discuss what constitutes “good” and “bad” type in group discussions and critiques; and build upon their design vocabulary, while learning about type in a historical context. 

Neko Case album re-imagined in the style of Classical Typography by Kristina Fong. From the Codes project led by Namdev Hardisty.

Through a series of projects dealing with letter arrangement, editorial layout, and poster design, students will learn the significance that type choice or letterforms can play in a final design. Students will take a closer look at the traditional and contemporary typographic landscape from calligraphy to graffiti. 

Schedule: Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm; February 10–April 14
Instructor: Namdev Hardisty
Non-Credit Tuition: $380.00 
1 Credit Tuition: $750.00

More details here.

Personal Mapping (6 Weeks)

Who are you? That's the question personal mapping attempts to answer. This class will introduce students to a battery of cartographic, data-visualization, and ideation exercises to give them an introduction to personal mapping.

Every Home I’ve Lived In by Rachel Christensen. From Personal Mapping 2012 workshop led by Namdev Hardisty.

Students will create visual maps that shed light on themselves each person’s experiences, convictions, and relationships while at the same time, allowing others to find points of similarity and difference in their own story. Using the “collection” as a basic building block, the class will investigate various data collection and visualization methodologies, look at the contemporary world of personal mapping, and get an introduction to entry-level personal data tracking and analysis apps.

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm; February 18–March 25
Instructor: Namdev Hardisty
Non-Credit Tuition: $228.00

More details here. FAQ here.

Registration for all classes opens January 6th, 2014.

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