Graphic Design

Summer Session 2016

Continuing CCA student registration for on-campus summer courses March 4-27 through WebAdvisor; registration for nondegree students begins on March 28.

Letter by Letter: Letterpress Printing & Handwritten Text

Instructor: Alisa Golden
Oakland / GRAPH-103 / PRINT–103 / 23 sessions
Prerequisite: First Year Studio CORE courses 2D, 3D, and Writing 1, or consent of instructor
July 5-August 11, Mon./Tues./Wed./Thurs, 2-6 p.m.
$22 lab fee payable at registration

In this hands-on, tactile approach to printing and handwriting, we create cards, broadsides, and book forms, while investigating letterforms and the relationship of form to content.

Beginning with pencils and pen and ink, we experiment with informal alphabets that are appropriate for both personal art and public projects. Setting up digital files for photopolymer plates, using handwritten text, and printing from handset metal and wood types on cloth and found papers all provide new strategies and methods for design and expression. Through a series of assignments, we explore letterpress printing techniques and their combinations, hierarchies, materials, and presentation.

Online sources and in-class examples and discussions provide background and context for calligraphy and printing in various cultures around the world.

This cross-disciplinary course is ideal for students in the programs of Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Painting/Drawing, Printmaking, Textiles, as well as Writing & Literature, Grad Writing, and Grad Fine Arts. Lab fee covers one 8.5 x 11" photopolymer plate. (3 credits)

This course satisfies a Printmaking Level 1 requirement, a Graphic Design Elective, or Studio Elective.

The following summer study-abroad course also satisfies Graphic Design requirements:
Japan: In Search of Emptiness & Wabi-Sabi
Paris: City/Image/Identity