Design introduces students to the principles and theories of visual design that provide a foundation for future investigations in the visual arts. The elements of design and the principles of composition are developed through ongoing technical exercises and projects of varying duration and explore the relationship of form and content, as well as medium and meaning. Students exercise how to explore a concept through two- and three-dimensional forms that incorporate digital mediums such as Photoshop. Students learn how commit to long-term projects and develop the necessary discipline to maintain an extended focus. Students understand design vocabulary and learn how to visually order and manipulate the two-dimensional plane and three-dimensional forms. They also understand the design as a process and how to control composition. Critiques are held at regular intervals and students learn how to evaluate an artwork. Readings and field trips further provide a solid base, critical thinking opportunities, and an inquisitive edge that students build upon in their future coursework.