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.
The first year students recently completed one of the most time-consuming and technical assignments of the first semester: the vector product illustration. Success of this particular assignment hinges largely on the reference image as well as the quality of the path construction. Sampling colors and building custom gradients contribute greatly to achieving photorealism.
Food photography has been a staple of the BSC photography curriculum for quite awhile. Food is a tricky subject – it takes a lot of preparation and planning, but it never complains, argues or gets nervous. The intensity of shooting food and beverages makes it a perfect preparation for other studio photography.
This year’s sophomore class created some amazing food images, the bar is set high for the next class.
The second year students had the opportunity today to listen to Matt Cole, an environmental designer with the EMP Museum in Seattle. The Skype presentation was made possible by Jason Lueder, who made initial contact with Matt while visiting the museum this summer. Cole shared four case studies that focused on exhibit designs that he had worked on, outlining the entire process, from the initial concept to finished installation. This insight will prove helpful to the students who will act as, not only designers, but content curators, builders and installers on the program display cases that will be updated in December of this year.