IMG_0483_fornews2-570x380CRE8FIU is the integrated Graphic Design blog curated by the BFA Graphic Design students at Florida International University in Miami.

Program Lead Prof. Silvia Pease
heads the 2D-Design graphic design initiative at Florida international University (FIU). She has extensive industry experience working for companies such as Reader’s Digest, Guggenheim, IDGMI technologies, and Pinta Art Fair, as well as running her own Studio 1231.org. She brings her diverse professional experience, lecturing at universities and specializing in multidisciplinary global branding projects.

Prior to founding 1231org, Silvia worked at IDGMI as the Global Creative Director & VP (Brand Design). Her role at IDGMI was to deliver global harmonization and revitalization projects for the IDGMI brand.

Today, she works as an independent consultant and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at FIU. Silvia’s continuing research output has focused on the use of technology in her teaching methods—converging fine arts, design and critical thinking.

FIU Graphic Design students visiting the Wolfsonian FIU Museum.
Looking at “Thoughts On Democracy” Posters.

BFA Degree in Graphic Design
Graphic design is all around us, on screen and in print, always made up of images and words used to communicate and persuade. The objective of the BFA Graphic Design degree is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the fields of graphic, interactive, multimedia, and editorial design.

The BFA in Graphic Design degree course sequence exposes students to the skills necessary for creating sophisticated design solutions. Every course engages students to learn by understanding conceptual processes (GRA2111, GRA3817), historical context (ARH4724), image-making (illustration), iconography, interactivity and typography (GRA2106) as vital factors of communications.

Finally, a capstone thesis/portfolio project completes the course sequence—where students apply the skills learned in each course, prepare a portfolio, learn the business of design and entrepreneurship, and receive feedback from community leaders.(GRA4189)

We have added an internship class that allows students to work at a creative place (for a semester) and learn from experience. (GRA4940)

A unique new class DESIGN IS CHANGE (www.designischange.org) where students work with a non-profit organization of their choice for social change.(GRA4818)

Graphic Design students go on a fieldtrip to eDigital Printing, to get a firsthand look at how production and printing occurs.
Drago Stoyanovich explains how standard CMYK screens work, as well as printing in PMS colors.
Critique is a vital part of every Graphic Design course.
Students are encouraged to give each other constructive feedback to improve their work and portfolios.