Signs for the Times
MIT3110 - 15 credits
MIT3210 - 20 credits
We are surrounded by signs. By looking at all sorts of signs, such as what we choose to wear, the imagery of advertising, traffic signs or signs showing building facilities, the module will address the way we communicate visually. This will lead to discussions about the display and communication of information using graphical devices and the considerations that have to be given for the information to be portrayed in as clear and politically correct way as possible.
Throughout the module, the emphasis is on the good and bad aspects of design and visual communication, i.e. the function of the sign, rather than on the computer - the computer is regarded merely as a tool for generating images.
Students taking the module will not be expected to be artists, but clearly an interest in graphics and communicating using graphical material is necessary.
The practical side of the course involves learning more advanced (compared to MIT3109 or MIT3209) use of an industry-standard graphic design program (e.g. Illustrator or Inkscape) running on IBM compatible computers. With this program you will produce a number of pieces of design work.
You should normally have taken Graphics I (MIT3109 or MIT3209) before starting the module.
Brief Syllabus Plan and Content
The module has both the traditional academic elements of undergraduate modules (lectures, discussion and essay-writing) as well as training in practical skills (learning how to use Illustrator or Inkscape and related hardware).
There are two hours of classes per week:
MIT3104 (15 credits)
Both are submitted as a portfolio during the early part of term 3. There are also optional submission dates during the term when feedback on provisional versions of work can be obtained. See deadlines for more details.
MIT3204 (20 credits)
All are submitted as a portfolio during the early part of term 3. There are also optional submission dates during the term when feedback on provisional versions of work can be obtained. See deadlines for more details.
Treatment of Personal Transferable Skills
The module will encourage students to develop many of the skills associated with self-management, communication, problem-solving and learning in general. In particular students will learn a wide range of graphics-related computing skills, usable in a wide range of other areas.
What you will get from this Module
The experience provided by the module has been shown to add to employment prospects generally and specifically in graphic design and publishing, for it has provided openings for several students into graphic design companies and publishing houses both in England and abroad and has given others places on postgraduate design and publishing courses elsewhere.