Course Description

The Rutgers Design Intensive guides motivated high school artists to develop conceptual, formal and technical skills in graphic design. Created and supervised by Mason Gross faculty, the curriculum focuses on core principles of design while also introducing relevant software. The course includes challenging and creative studio work, technical demonstrations, group critiques, and a field trip to New York City.

Students will gain skills with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign while exploring creative visual problems in the form of 2D compositions, posters and books. The emphasis is on building visual awareness and on making the software serve the designer’s creative vision.  Students will have an opportunity to produce work suitable for a college admissions portfolio.

The Design Intensive also includes an information session about the art college admissions process and portfolio preparation.

The two-week program uses traditional classroom space as well as computer lab facilities in the Department of Visual Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  All activities are held in the Civic Square Building in New Brunswick, NJ, home to the Mason Gross School of the Arts Visual Arts Department. All activities are supervised by Design Intensive faculty, Mason Gross Teaching Assistants, and Extension Division staff members.

Learning Goals
Gain familiarity with design thinking and process;
Improve abilities in 2D composition;
Develop skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign;
Become more aware of how form can create meaning for viewers;
Learn about communication design as a career;
Learn how to prepare a portfolio for college art applications.