Graphic Design III—A Case Study: The Transition from Face-to-face to an Online Format

By Kimberly Mitchell.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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At Northern Arizona University some visual communication courses, specifically Graphic Design III and IV, are taught in classrooms where there is no computer lab. Because of this, these courses require a substantial amount of work outside of class time. This paper serves as a case study showing how a face-to-face course was developed for an online format. The findings from the study show that students prefer to meet only when there is something to critique. So, for instance, when there is a day devoted to a “work in class day,” students do not come to class because they would prefer to use that time to work from a lab. Because Graphic Design III and IV are more advanced level courses in the design curriculum at NAU, the faculty found that they do not need to be present while students are working on projects. Instead, it is more resourceful for everyone to meet during scheduled critique times, where students can receive appropriate feedback. The case study will look at current trends for online classes and how to teach a graphic design course online rather than in person. The study will explain the course itself, the history of how it was delivered in-person, how it transitioned to online delivery, and compare the methods and benefits for both.

Keywords: Graphic Design, Online

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.11-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.066MB).

Prof. Kimberly Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Visual Communications, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Kimberly Melhus is an assistant professor of visual communications at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She graduated from Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) with a BFA in graphic design. She received a post-baccalaureate certificate in visual communications from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), and her MFA in graphic design from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. While attending graduate school at Iowa State, she became interested in the field of gerontology. She believes in the power of social impact of design. Her research has consisted of design for aging eyes and what designers can do to make things universal for everyone involved.