2 Weeks / Noncredit

Graphic Design (2 weeks, noncredit) *CLOSED*

Sat. June 30 & Sun. July 1 Mandatory Move-in & Orientation 

Class runs July 2 – July 13, 2018 

The Graphic Design program at Syracuse University Summer College is for high school students who are interested in learning more about design and communication on a college level. This two-week, hands-on, experiential course introduces core design fundamentals 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 that are open to a professional designer.

A typical morning will include lectures, presentations, and demonstrations. Afternoons 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 to attend!

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 a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Faculty Bio

Michele McCaffrey – Assistant Professor, Communications Design

Originally from the New York tri-state area, Michele Damato received a B.A. from Iona College and an M.S. from Pratt Institute. While at Pratt, she studied typography with Tony DiSpigna, a partner in the legendary studio of Herb Lubalin Associates and a master of Spencerian script.

Damato interned with Milton Glaser and traveled to Israel after winning the National Poster Competition “Israel at Fifty” sponsored by the Israeli Consulate in New York. She was also invited to present her work to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Professor Damato previously taught full-time at the Art Institute of Houston, where her students won several Graphis, AIGA, and other regional and national design awards. Classes she has regularly taught and created curriculum for include: typography, collateral design, annual report, film/poster design, and publication design. Damato also taught at Texas State University and Houston Community College. She brings her passion for design history, typography, and social/cultural research into her design and teaching pedagogy.

Damato has more than 15 years of experience working as a graphic designer and senior art director for boutique design firms, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. She has collaborated with many clients, including AT&T, BNP Paribas, Reuters, L’Oreal USA, JP Morgan, The Washington Post, Merrill Lynch, the Asia Society, and Time Warner.