I thought I’d offer some advice in terms of IDCC courses that I have found to be very helpful. If these courses are already closed (boo!), I highly suggest that you put them on your list to consider in the future.
IDCC 370- Web Design I: Information Design & Principles
A lot of people might be wary of taking Web Design and wondering if it focuses heavily on coding— I myself had this concern. There is no coding involved in this course. Professor Goldberg teaches students about best practices for web design (have you ever heard of a wireframe?), concept development, design principles, and Photoshop tools and techniques for web page design based on a client’s brand identity. One thing that I love about this class is that it is project based. Professor Goldberg usually starts each class with a Photoshop lesson or project explanation, and then the rest of the class session is spent working on individual projects. Worried because you’ve never used Photoshop? Never fear, because I, too, went into this class with zero Photoshop experience, and it’s been entirely manageable (as well as a great learning experience). It’s wonderful to have a course like this that allows students to exercise their visual creativity!
IDCC 345- Environmental Graphic Design
To put it simply, this course teaches students about wayfinding, which is a subset of environmental graphic design that focuses on helping people understand their environment and how to navigate through it. In other words, wayfinding experts design icons, symbols and signage for places like hospitals, zoos, aquariums, brick and mortar stores, museums, colleges, and more. Our first project for this class was to redesign three standard wayfinding icons based on the Accessibility Icon Project. You may have seen the redesigned handicapped parking symbol around campus (I chose the drink icon, coffee cup icon, and fire extinguisher icon). While many people might shy away from this class because they are not familiar with the field of wayfinding design, it is another superb way to hone your Photoshop skills and learn how to develop simplistic, universal, and appealing concepts and designs based on a client’s brand identity. One of the greatest challenges that I’ve ever faced is learning how to make simple yet creative designs for this course, and I know that I will be better off because of it.
You can find student project samples for IDCC 345, 370 and 380 in the Student Gallery section of the IDCC DESIGNHOUSE blog. (mpgoldberg53.wix.com/idccdesignhouse)
IDCC 250- Public Relations Theory & Practice
By now, I think it’s safe to reveal that I love project-based courses. This one is a must-take for anyone interested in PR, and honestly, I’d highly recommend taking it even if you’re not. Professor Moore spends every other class explaining a different branch of public relations, starting with consumer and corporate PR and ranging all to the way to events management and celebrity PR. The following class period is given as time for students to work on an assignment about that week’s topic(s). Usually students are allowed to complete the assignments from wherever they wish, but occasionally Professor Moore requires everyone to be in the classroom so that he can give out several fast-paced assignments that test students’ abilities to work under a time crunch. This course is incredibly practical and helps you to develop a more critical and creative mindset… and, other than that, it’s just plain fun!