AD FED of North Dakota will hold its award banquet this Friday (2/23/2018). The Graphic Design and Communications Department at Bismarck State College has been notified that our students have won some awards. We will post the winners next week.
For more information https://aaf-nd.org/addy-awards
Second-year students spend their first semester Fridays working on display case design. The project does double duty by working as a teaching tool and making our hallway more attractive.
The students are divided into two groups with each choosing a topic related to graphic design in some way. One group chose to cover the principles of design – the basic foundational rules that design is based on and the other group wanted to explain the screen printing process.
Both cases turned out great and do a wonderful job showcasing the things we teach in the Graphic Design and Communications program.
Second year students in the Graphic Design and Communications Intro to Multimedia course recently completed an assignment where they used After Effects to incorporate movement and sound to introduce themselves. Students worked diligently using what basics they knew to incorporate some advanced techniques inspired by more popular television intros. All in all the results were impressive. Here are just a few.
Each year the freshmen students learn a tiny bit about stop motion animation through a collaborative project that focuses on Halloween. The groups of students have a little more than an hour to come up with an idea, then execute it with white board markers, taking a photo each time the action changes. Check out the videos at the links below.
Group 1 video
Group 2 video
Group 3 video
Group 4 video
The sophomore Graphic Design and Communications students just wrapped up beverage photography with impressive results. The project requires planning ahead and plenty of editing work after the shooting is done.
The past few years the sophomores have worked on a small group project in their Current Imaging II class illustrating a short story using photography.
The goal of the assignment is to get the students thinking critically about what kind of images to create to match the text and make them apply skills learned in the classroom to outside situations. On top of that, it gets students reacquainted with classmates.
The results are always interesting, they often make the viewer look at the short stories, words that almost everyone has heard, in a new way. The following pieces are well done and very interesting – they showcase the same story in two different ways.
Bismarck State College’s literary magazine, More Tales From the Wasteland is looking for alumni art submissions to publish to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication. Submit artwork to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline is March 19, 2017.
One of the best parts of being a teacher in the Graphic Design and Communications Department is watching students grow.
The sophomores are only a couple months from graduation and they have really figured out how to apply all of the pieces of their education. The movie posters they created based on real or fictional films are exceptional. The main photo for each piece was shot by the student and they handled the design as well.
The idea of green and blue screen special effects is common in movies, but it’s widely used in the world of photography as well. It sounds easy, but it is a very tricky undertaking. It’s difficult to match lighting scenarios, perspectives and even the relative size of subjects to the backgrounds.
The subjects in these photos were shot in the BSC Graphic Design and Communications photo studio against a green screen, then inserted into the image.
The sophomores finished up the redesign of the display cases outside the Graphic Design and Communications classrooms the week before the holiday break.
Each fall for the past four years the sophomores have undertaken the group project. The work involves serious doses of the creative process, collaborative work and production skills. It allows the students to dig into concepts like large format printing and working with three dimensional objects.
One group of sophomores chose to illustrate the creative process by showing the steps that a small candy company might go through in creating a new logo while working with a design agency.
The other group focused on the history of consumer photography from about 1900 to the present.
The results speak for themselves – each year the displays get more elaborate and look better.