Michelle Bowers

faculty

Michelle Bowers

Associate Professor

Art & Design

Contact

508-999-8558

508-910-6977

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College of Visual & Performing Arts 310A

Education

2004Cranbrook Academy of Art
1996University of ArizonaMFA
1990Grand Valley State UniversityBFA

Teaching

  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Professional Practice
  • Community Engagement

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Graphic Design basics. Introduction to icon development, packaging design, information design. Students are introduced to communication concepts of audience, form and content, and semiotics. Handcraft is reinforced and vector-based design technology is introduced.

Career options and internship preparation. Presentations from working professionals, exploring skills needed for different design professions. Students reflect on the role of designers in society, discuss various graphic design career options, improve business communication skills, and learn about business ethics. This seminar helps students prepare for future studies, internships, and employment opportunities.

Typography basics. An introduction to the history and creation of letterforms and the relationship between content, typefaces, and the page. Assignments focus on the beauty and structure of text, use of basic letterforms, expressive typography, typographic grids, contrast and legibility.

Typography basics. An introduction to the history and creation of letterforms and the relationship between content, typefaces, and the page. Assignments focus on the beauty and structure of text, use of basic letterforms, expressive typography, typographic grids, contrast and legibility.

Special topics in Graphic Design. Topics may include Identity and Branding, Environmental Graphic Design, Animated Typography, App Design, Advanced Web Design, and Campaign Design among others.

Capstone course. Students focus on their self-directed, multi-dimensional degree project. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach to design, exploring their individual strengths and interests in the field. Guest critics and lecturers are in integral part of the course, which culminates in the Senior Exhibition.

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