PSU Graphic Design: In The Classroom

New Winter Class: Design & Social Practice

Winter 2016

Art 299/399

Tuesdays and Thursdays

This course explores the cross-disciplinary connections between graphic design and socially engaged art. Both disciplines are collaborative and place emphasis on audience/user experience. Topics covered include public intervention, site-specific interaction, and participatory modes of production—from print to web. Building from short exercises to more complex assignments, this course equips students to conceptualize, problem solve, and implement socially conscious art/design projects. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively to execute projects.

If anyone has questions, they can email

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Deadline for LONDON!

Oi! The deadline to apply is this WednesdayApril 1st!

All details are at the Vikings Abroad website.
If you have questions about the itinerary, feel free to email Briar,
If you have questions about student aide and other financial things, get in touch with Nicole Sisco, who is the education abroad advisor:
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Failure Show Opens This Week


March 9 – 27, 2015
Reception Friday, March 13, 5-8pm

Within the disciplines of art and design, there is an inherent element of risk. Answers are not pre-determined, and outcomes are the natural extension of the biases, influences and processes we undertake. Failure occurs in abundance. We encounter it everywhere from the collapsing of a structure to the deliberate misinformation of agitprop. Even though artists and designers are prone to walk a path of (un)intended consequences, we have also notably used failure in our working practice intentionally. In this exhibition, students from the winter term course on Failure will be exhibiting their various investigations into what failure means socially, personally, and as part of a working practice.

Sadie Burchett • Trace Harris • Piper Hayworth • Shannon Kidd • Nicolas Meier • Ross Mountjoy • Hayden Roma • Cody Rosebrook • Rosemary Williams

AB Lobby Gallery
Art Building, 1st floor
2000 SW 5th Avenue
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

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We have a RISO!


It’s arrived! The Art + Design School now has a RISOGRAPH. What’s a risograph? Learn more here!  MORE DETAILS SOON, ALL! But lots of PRINTING FUN soon!

Image by Kylie LaCour-Lewis

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Looking for some classes to take next term? Check out the following courses for some engaging experiences!

ART 299 Interaction Design MW 9-11:50
Do you like the internet? Or things that are fun and exciting? Then come learn how to make interesting, engaging interfaces. This studio course dives right into the nitty gritty of designing for interaction, UX and UI, without having to learn a lick of code. If you have any interest at all in making interactive work, take this class.

Open to Graphic Design students ​before and after​ they’ve passed the portfolio review.

Questions? Email Thom Hines

ART 367 Design Business Practices TTR 2-4:50
This class is about entrepreneurship!* Whether you want to run a design/art studio or design products this course provides an introductory overview of the concepts, survival skills, and techniques needed to create and manage a successful design/art based business.

This class is run like a workshop—we go on studio tours–meet local entrepreneurs, share resources and students work on individual project goals whether it’s learning how to promote their business or how to make money as a freelancer.

PS You don’t need to be a graphic designer to take this class!

Questions? Email Chris North

ART399 Communication Design Internship M 6-8:50
Would you like to experience how the ‘real world’ of graphic design works?
Explore where you might fit into the diverse field of GD? Learn practical skills that you’ll need out there?

Whether you are a senior graduating this year and want to maximize your next steps, or are earlier in the program and want to see where you’re going, if you are ready to experience the working world of graphic design, you should be in this class.

Questions? Email Susan Stutz

Art410 Expanded Curatorial Practice TR 10-12:50
This class will explore concepts and applications of expanded artistic curatorial practice, looking at past examples and producing projects that go beyond studio/gallery curation into social practice approaches. We will meet with curators from a wide variety of organizations, study an array of international curatorial works, and create a series of individual and collaborative projects that include print, performance, public participation, site-specificity, and online platforms. The class can be taken for both undergraduate and graduate credit and is open to non-art majors.

Questions? Email Harrell Fletcher:

And MANY MORE! Check out the PDX Class Schedule for all of the spring classes and/or talk with an advisor about your schedule. We want to help!

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