Thomas Martinez Pilnik
Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skills associated with close and critical reading

  2. Demonstrate expanded confidence listening and contributing to the discussion of complex theoretical texts

  3. Draw meaningful and critical connections between theoretical material and the history and practice of design

  4. Analyze and explain key theoretical concepts and principles of design and how they affect practices of visual design and meaning making

  5. Write critically, confidently, independently, and creatively about the intersection of design and theory

  6. Apply an independent praxis to future independent design work and be a voice for the future of design 

Recommended Preparation & Proficiencies

  • Design training, education, and/or practice; oral, written, and visual communication skills; presentation skills.

  • General knowledge of Adobe Suite is recommended, Roski will provide all students with free access to programs.

  • Additionally, we will be using Keynote/PowerPoint, Google Docs or MS Word, Google Spreadsheet or Excel, cellphone with web, camera, and video capabilities

Course Notes and Teaching Strategies

This class is offered for a Letter Grade Only
We will be meeting in person for almost every session but will incorporate some flipped classroom models with online lectures, resources, Blackboard use, and other educational resources

Lecture slides and additional resources will be posted on blackboard

Announcements will be posted on Blackboard and emailed concurrently

Any readings outside of required books will be posted on Blackboard

Some classes may meet via Zoom due to guest lecturer availability, this will be announced via blackboard and email and links will be included

This class will be discussion based and participation is core to that. I will attempt to employ multiple pedagogical strategies throughout the semester to ensure all students feel included and able to contribute. We all learn differently, and I will account for that.

Reading is central to understanding theory, so please make sure to arrive prepared and with a couple of key talking points, questions, or platforms to initiate critical discussion.