2 Weeks / Noncredit

Graphic Design

Orientation and move-in is on Saturday, July 1.  Last day of classes is Friday, July 14.

The Graphic Design course is a summer program for high school students who are interested in learning more about the study of design on a college level. The emphasis in primarily on problem identification and introduces methods used for communication of design solutions. The class is very hands-on and introduces a series of exercises that will allow students to explore a variety of projects including packaging, corporate identity, and user-experience based problems.

Sketch mockups, physical prototyping, digital prototyping, and archetype identification are stressed as students learn to unravel the complex field of design and have a chance to explore some of the avenues open to a professional designer. The class will include some computer based work but students are not expected to be proficient on any of the professional software programs. The class will introduce the Adobe Creative Suite and discuss the role of digital proficiency the field.

Working closely with their professor, students are guided through design development practices typical of contemporary design studios. The typical morning will include a lecture or demonstration and the afternoons will allow for experimentation of the techniques introduced. Working both individually and in small groups, three distinctly different design problems will be presented as the techniques required to reach a valid solution are explored. A presentation on final day of class will be dedicated to the presentation of an in depth project completed during the final week of class.

All of the School of Design’s programs are housed in The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Syracuse University’s seven-floor building located in downtown Syracuse. Students are engaged at the Warehouse from 9a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, with an hour break for lunch.  The Warehouse is easily accessible from campus using the Connective Corridor bus.

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

Program Costs:

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

  • Residential: $2,855
  • Commuter: $1,993

To learn more about SU’s Communications Design Department, click here:http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/design/undergraduate/communications-design.

Faculty Bio

Denise Heckman – Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Industrial and Interaction Design, School of Design

Before joining the faculty of the industrial and interaction design program at Syracuse University, Denise Heckman began her career at Hallmark Cards and then spent the greater part of the late 1990s in the technology ghettos of Seattle. She co-founded Motive Design Research, a design and consulting firm whose clients included Hewlett Packard, PhotoDisc, Adobe, and K2 Skis/Olen.

Professor Heckman worked as both a designer and as a design researcher for startup companies, biotech, medical, consumer products, and arts organizations.   She currently teaches courses on design research, interaction design, and principles of industrial design. She holds a B.F.A. from Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.