2 Weeks / Noncredit

Graphic Design

Sat. June 30 & Sun. July 1 mandatory move-in & orientation 

Class runs July 2 – July 13, 2018 

The Graphic Design course is a summer program for high school students who are interested in learning more about design and communication on a college level. This two-week, hands-on experience course introduces core design fundamentals along with exercises that will encourage conceptual thinking and visual problem-solving skills.

Assigned projects will introduce students to visual organization and structure, simplification of form, graphic translation, graphic interpretation, creative writing and art direction. Through project-based learning, students will engage in design problem-solving and processes, idea development and the execution of final deliverables. They will also have the opportunity to learn about and discuss some of the areas of focus open to a professional designer.

A typical morning will include lectures, presentations and demonstrations while the afternoon will allow for creative exploration, peer collaboration and independent work. The last day of class will be a celebration, as students will engage in a final presentation that will showcase their new competencies and design work. Parents are welcome!

While the course will include some computer-based work, students are not expected to be proficient in any of the professional software programs. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign will be introduced and the role of digital proficiency in the field of graphic design will be discussed.

This class is currently limited to 15 students.

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Faculty Bio

Rachel Aubrey – Teaching Professor, Communications Design

Rachel Aubrey is a Teaching Professor in the Communications Design program. Her 15-year professional design career was based in Manhattan where she worked in various creative roles for both in-house design departments and for specialty firms. Rachel’s background emphasizes creative strategy and problem-solving, relationship building and effective visual communication. She has produced work for a wide range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Google, Colgate Palmolive, 21st Century Fox, CBRE and J.P. Morgan. Rachel received a B.F.A. from the New York Institute of Technology where she studied Graphic Design.

To learn about the Communications Design B.F.A. program, please visit: vpa.syr.edu/commdesign