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 taught through ongoing technical exercises that explore the relationship of form and content, as well as medium and meaning. Students understand design as a process, design vocabulary and learn how to visually order, manipulate and control the composition the of two-dimensional planes and three-dimensional forms. Students practice how to explore and carry a concept through two, three-and four-dimensional forms that incorporate digital mediums such as photography and Adobe Photoshop. Projects are of varying duration and students learn how commit to long-term projects and develop the necessary discipline to maintain an extended focus. Critiques are held at regular intervals and students learn how to evaluate and discuss an artwork, how to give and capitalize on constructive criticism. Readings and field trips further provide a solid base, critical thinking opportunities, and an inquisitive edge that students build upon in their future coursework.