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Department Of Design


The mission of the Department of Design is to administratively house, manage, and deliver the degree programs within the Department in the most efficient, high quality manner as possible, within the context and mission objectives described by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. We offer Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interior Design as well as a minor in Graphic Design.


The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Only 300 or so institutions in the United States have NASAD accreditation. The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). CIDA only deals with the accreditation of Interior Design programs Nationwide and is made up of professional interior designers who are setting standards for the future interior designers.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic designers plan, analyze, create, and evaluate visual solutions for a wide range of communication problems according to the needs of audiences and the contexts the design will exist within or around. Their work ranges from the development of strategies to solve large-scale problems, to the design of effective communication products, such as publications, signage, packaging, exhibitions, digital design, and computer programs.

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ILLUSTRATION

Illustrators solve visual problems for audiences to see information or recognize an opinion, but not limited to, print and digital media. Illustrators also produce work used in the advertising and entertainment industries. While the fine artist will often develop his or her art for a gallery wall, the illustrator produces his or her renderings for reproduction in print, on the web or as animation. The Winthrop program consists of general studies in a wide variety of genres and is geared toward building skills in a wide variety of media.

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INTERIOR DESIGN

Interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop safe, functional, and attractive interior environments that meet people’s needs. Interior designers are imaginative, artistic, and creative, combining their professional knowledge with an aesthetic vision. They learn to design for commercial and professional office use, health care facilities, educational spaces, museums, government facilities, retail spaces, theaters, recreational facilities, restaurants, hotels.

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INTERACTIVE MEDIA

One of the most interesting and exciting degrees at Winthrop is the Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media. Design is changing, and designers are becoming one of the most sought after individuals with both technical and creative skills. The internet is a place, not just for designing websites but also for mobile apps, games, and experiences using electronics we can’t imagine. You can help people do their job, or encourage them to be healthier, or challenge them in a game by creating buttons, text, icons, images and videos all in a virtual world.

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Illustration


125 credit hours for the B.F.A in visual communication Design: illustration track

Illustration Credits Chart

OBSERVATIONAL SKILLS:

As part of their coursework in the major, visual communication design students are required to have a cooperative experience, such as an internship, allowing them to create design solutions for on-campus and off-campus clients. The Studio 351 class provides an environment for those experiences, and is led by a faculty member who connects students to clients and moves them through the creative process. Students learn about project management, design methods, client pitches, interacting with clients, and design production.

FOUNDATIONS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN:

Illustration students also take eight graphic design courses covering foundations of design, computer imaging, and Introduction to Graphic Design.

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STORYTELLING SKILLS:

Students work heavily with storytelling, learning how to construct and tell a story visually. Students learn how to tell visual stories using one image, or many images.

  • Editorial Illustration
  • Children’s Storybook Illustration & Character Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Graphic Novel Illustration

Exploration of Media:

Students learn how to use a wide variety of media in order to communicate effectively.

  • Digital painting (Adobe programs).
  • Pen and ink- acrylic painting & Oil painting
  • Watercolor painting
  • Airbrush painting
  • Pastel painting & Silkscreening
  • Relief printing & Markers
  • Charcoals and conté
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Interactive Media


125 credit hours for the B.S. in digital information design: interactive media track

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The Digital Information Design degree is a unique program formed from traditional disciplines of business, computer science, mass communication, and design that work on communications problems in electronic media. Each discipline has a track in the program for students to specialize in a Bachelor of Science degree. The interactive media track is for students interested in solving design problems by understanding human behavior, communicating using graphics, and creating experiences people want to have with electronic devices. Students in Interactive Media learn how to define problems through the eyes of the people who interact with these devices and design solutions that work in the real world. You will learn how to create interfaces that allow people to access information and appreciate the work you do. As a designer, you will challenge the way people typically think about information and we will help you develop your ability to think like a designer.

Design Fundamentals:

Students start with the basics and create compositions and layouts used in a number of design industries including web, print, or product design.

Visual Design of Complex Systems:

Communicating complex ideas is difficult but with the aid of information graphics of working systems, designers play an important role in clarifying information. Students will also learn methods to determine if their designs are communicating clearly to the people who use them.

Design for Alternative Platforms:

Following interactive media for the web, students design apps and applications for mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and other places you find electronic devices.

Sequential Media:

Understanding users, means we need to understand the stories they tell. Video editing and production helps to create content and organize information to be viewed on the web.

Interactive Media:

Three levels of interactive media courses focus on building development and design skills. Students will create simple navigation tools up through to creating an entire sites.

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Interior Design


120 credit hours for the B.F.A. in interior design

Illustration Credits Chart
The mission of the interior design program at Winthrop University is to strive for a high standard of design education in order to provide a learning environment that encourages the development of critical thinking and creative problem solving design at the baccalaureate level. Not only does the program focuses on the ability (for students) to design quality interior environments that contribute to the well being of the public with a concern for the environment and society at large, but also the program provides a strong education founded on the basis of a liberal arts foundation.

Design Fundamentals:

The sequence of courses builds skills fundamental to practicing interior design. Studio projects allow students to resolve complex interior problems using a variety of approaches that develop a personal methodology to interior design. The program also recognizes design problems are increasingly complex and that the design process involves the interaction of people and professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Problem Solving:

A multitude of factors influence interior design and are brought to the student, including client/user needs, human welfare and safety, functional, economical, and utilitarian issues, physical, psychological, as well as conceptual development and contextual fit.

Design and the Environment:

The program recognizes that the practice of interior design has a profound impact on the planet and brings to the students a dialogue that raises awareness of environmental concern, sustainability and ecology to better enrich the global community.

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Graphic Design


124 credit hours for the B.F.A. in visual communication design: graphic design track

Illustration Credits Chart
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Drawing and Rendering Skills:

Students learn to render paraline, linear, and orthographic representations.

Design Theory,
Composition, and Craft:

Students will construct 2-D and 3-D projects to develop craft and presentation skills. Projects emphasize use of presentation skills to investigate issues of placement, formal hierarchy, compositional integrity, focal points, and elements and principles of design.

Digital Design:

Courses deal with studying, creating and implementing html and Javascript websites, communication delivery and interactivity. Multimedia content is developed by using creative approaches to presenting information through sequential media and gathering strategy

Product and Packaging Design:

Application of graphics to 3-D forms. Investigation of design issues relating to product packaging, signage, environmental graphics and other dimensional formats.

Print Material Design:

Emphasis on dynamic organization of 2-D layouts utilizing shape, type, and image.

History of Art,
Architecture, and Design:

Focus on the history and evolution of style, technology, processes, and environmental factors that have affected applied visual design and illustration.

Typography:

Focus on the investigation of typographic elements, including an historical study of letter forms and their application in design.

Corporate Identity:

Comprehensive study and production of corporate identity systems, including the related collateral materials, identity standards, and development of logos.

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Student Work


Faculty


CHAD
DRESBACH


Department Chair
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
M.F.A. Kent State

SANGWON
SOHN


Associate Professor
M.S. Pratt Institute

CAROLINE
ANDRYCHOWSKI


Instructor
B.F.A. Winthrop University

G. DAVID
BROWN


Associate Professor
M.A. University Of Texas

JESSE
WESER


Instructor
M. Des. Domus Academy

Gerry
Derksen


Professor
Program Coordinator
M. Des. University of Alberta

Karen
Derksen


Winthrop University Galleries Director
Instructor
M. Des. University of Alberta

Jason
Tselentis


Associate Professor
M.F.A. University of Washington

Thomas
Garner


Instructor
M.F.A Clemson University




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Internships


Majors in interior design and the graphic design track of visual communication are required to take an internship as part of their degree. The internship assignment can be obtained by checking with campus resources (Center for Career and Civic Engagement), the department faculty/ program coordinators, or can be found by the student (with approval from the dept. coordinator). For VCOM majors the Studio 351 class offers an ‘in-house’ practicum/design studio that produces work for the ‘real’ world.

Studio 351

As part of their coursework in the major, visual communi- cation design students are required to have a cooperative experience, such as an internship, allowing them to create design solutions for on-campus and off-campus clients. The Studio 351 class provides an environment for those experiences, and is led by a faculty member who connects students to clients and moves them through the creative process. Students learn about project management, design methods, client pitches, interacting with clients, and design production.

Local Internships

  • Social Design House - Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Saturday Brand Communications - Charlotte, N.C.
  • Union - Charlotte, N.C.
  • Worthwhile - Charlotte, N.C.
  • Boomtown - Charleston, S.C.
  • Tattoo Projects Advertising - Charlotte, N.C.
  • Moonlight Creative Group - Charlotte, N.C.
  • MODE - Charlotte, N.C.
  • Atypic - Charlotte, N.C.
  • eHouse Studio - Charleston, S.C.
  • lemmondsDESIGN - Fort Mill, S.C.
  • Plus even more opportunities!

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Chad Dresbach

Chad Dresbach


Department of Design Chair
Associate Professor of Design


Dresbach, who serves as coordinator of visual communication programs, came to Winthrop in 1995. He is the 1995 winner of the "Marlite" Interior Design Award and the "Kichler Interior Design Award, and in 1994 he received the Print Regional Design Annual Award of Excellence.

dresbachc@winthrop.edu

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Sangwon Sohn

Sangwon Sohn


Associate Professor of Design


Sohn is an associate professor of design at Winthrop. She worked previously at the University of West Georgia as an assistant professor; at American InterContinental University in Georgia as an associate professor; at Union County College in New Jersey as the Continuing Education Interior Design Certificate Program chairperson; at Berkeley College in New Jersey as a full-time professor; and at Kean University in New Jersey as an adjunct professor. Sohn's professional experience includes her work as principle at Sohn Interiors, senior designer at Walter Preston Smith, Inc., and design librarian at Michael Lynn & Associates.

She has attained National Council of Interior Design Qualification, and she is a member of the Interior Design Council and a professional member of the American Society of Interior Design. Sohn has presented at numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of the "Reviving Downtown Rock Hill Through Interior Design" Winthrop Student Co-Investigator Research Grant (2010).

sohns@winthrop.edu

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Caroline Andrychowski

Caroline Andrychowski


Instructor


Caroline teaches courses in interior design. She earned her B.F.A. from Winthrop University.

andryc@winthrop.edu

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G. David Brown

G. David Brown


Associate Professor of Design


Mr. Brown has been at Winthrop University since 2005. In 2008, he revised the illustration program that now includes 15 new illustration-specific courses in the Department of Design.

His extensive illustration work has appeared in “"The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design" by Ted Dimon, published by North Atlantic Books in January of 2011. “"The Dynamic Voice: How It Works",” also extensively illustrated and written by the same author and publisher, followed shortly thereafter

Most of David’s professional career was spent in Dallas, Texas. He was a medical-legal illustrator for 8 years prior to joining the Winthrop faculty and worked on 600-700 Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Product Liability cases for attorneys across the country. Before that he was owner and illustrator of Synapse Media Productions, Inc. for 13 years. He was a member of the craniofacial reconstruction team at the International Center for Craniofacial Surgery, providing artistic consultation on approximately 1300 craniofacial surgery patients. Prior to that, he was the film and animation producer of the medical and surgical films at Southwestern Medical School for four years.

He holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Communications with a Medical Illustration emphasis from U.T.H.S.C.D. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department with an emphasis in Film Animation and the Psychology of Perception.

On a personal note, he is married to Sally Lenski-Brown (Albion College, B.A. 1971; Boston Univ., M.Ed. 1977) who is the supervisor of the Rutledge Visual Resource Center. They have twins, Meghan Brown Saavedra, currently a Presbyterian pastor in Ottawa, and Nicholas, who is a San Francisco architect.

browngd@winthrop.edu

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Jesse Weser

Jesse Weser


Instructor


Jesse teaches courses in visual communication design. She earned her B.F.A. from Winthrop University and her Masters in Design from the Domus Academy in Italy.

weserj@winthrop.edu

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Gerry Derksen

Gerry Derksen


Professor of Design


Prof. Derksen is originally from Canada, where he went to the University of Manitobas' architecture school. Under Jorge Frascara, he studied visual communication design, at the University of Alberta integrating user-centred design philosophy with visual communication strategies. His graduate research entitled, "Jury Perceptions of Animation," studied re-enactments of a crime scene to determine the prejudicial impact on a jury.

An associate professor of design at Winthrop University, Prof. Derksen is active in the practice, and research of visual information and communication design. His published work includes: "Jury Perception and the Uncanny Valley", "Film as Surrogate to Reality", "A Strategy for Teaching Technology", and "Design Processes: Interacting between Designer, Developer, and Marketer." He has also worked on projects for the Piedmont Medical Center, the Democratic National Convention and Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden.

derkseng@winthrop.edu

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Karen Derksen

Karen Derksen


Winthrop University Galleries Director,
Instructor of Fine Arts, Instructor of Design


Karen Derksen is currently the director of Winthrop University Galleries (WUG) and a lecturer for the Department of Design at Winthrop. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.A. in Art History (Curatorial Studies). Karen has organized exhibition projects such as CADlabORATION 1.0, which explored emerging CAD technologies, contemporary crafts education, and collaborative design and production and Four – a performative installation by the Trust. As curator, her most recent exhibitions include; Between the Springmaid Sheets, an exhibition of Springmaid advertising from the 1950’s (Winthrop University Galleries, South Carolina Museum of Art, Columbia, SC); Material Reflex, which explored Sonya Clark’s symbolic and innovative interpretation of material as a reflection of personal and cultural identity (Winthrop University Galleries, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles); and Shift, a collaborative format faculty exhibition.

She has coordinated a number of community collaborative projects including the public art installation of Carla Stetson’s The Red Line in downtown Rock Hill, MUSE Fest, Pecha Kucha Charlotte, and the Artist and Civic Engagement Projects (ACE) at Winthrop. She is currently the Selection Committee Chair for the Women’s Arts Initiative in Rock Hill, SC. Karen was a former chairperson for the Board of Directors and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee for the Rivercity Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has served as member of the Edmonton Arts Council Festival Granting Jury and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design 2011 Craft Research Fund Grants Review Panel. Karen is also a founding member of Media, Art, Design, Exposed (M.A.D.E.) in Edmonton, an organization formed to raise public awareness about design.

derksenk@winthrop.edu

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Jason Tselentis

Jason Tselentis


Associate Professor of Design


Associate Professor Jason Tselentis teaches typography and visual communication design in Winthrop's Department of Design. He has volunteered as Development Director for the Charlotte AIGA, and has served on their Advisory Board. His writings about design and visual culture have appeared in Arcade, Eye, Open Manifesto, How, and Print magazines. He is a Print magazine contributing editor. His book "Type, Form & Function" covers typography fundamentals for the novice to advanced designer. "Typography Referenced"—co-authored with leading educators and professionals from around the world—covers nearly every aspect of typography and lettering including history and contemporary usage. And "The Graphic Designer's Electronic-Media Manual" demonstrates the principles and practices necessary for producing design for the web.

tselentisj@winthrop.edu

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Thomas Garner

Thomas Garner


Instructor of Design


Thomas Garner teaches classes in visual communication design. He holds an MFA from Clemson University.

garnert@winthrop.edu

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Sally Brown

Sally L. Brown


Rutledge Visual Resource Center Administrator


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browns@winthrop.edu

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Darlene Ledwell

Darlene Ledwell


Administrative Specialist, Department of Design


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ledwelld@winthrop.edu

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