Investigative Studios are required studios within the Industrial Design Program that are also open to students in other majors. Investigative studios are taken in any order. Content, structure, and focus of these studios varies from semester to semester. Students can sign up for the studios that best fit their schedules and interests. Investigative Studios fulfill an Industrial Design Investigative Studio requirement or a Studio Elective requirement.
In Portfolio studio students use the vehicle of their own portfolios to develop their graphic design layout, typography and presentation skills. Portfolio is ideally taken in the first semester of junior year to prepare students for Junior Reviews in January and Internship searches later in the Spring. Students learn about photography, lighting methods, posting their work on the web, creating pdfs and the appropriate use and context of graphic communication tools. They develop their communication skills, distinctive personal style and effective visual and oral presence. Additionally, they learn to write a resume and cover letter, research potential employers and clients, seek appropriate channels for contact and develop strategies for landing interviews. Skills introduced and reinforced: typography, photography, composition, 2D layout, storytelling, graphics, web design, visual presentation, design strategy, design writing, point of view/agency.