Stacy Asher
Art, Art History + Design
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Design Courses

Spring 2017

GRPH 428 / Capstone Exhibition

This mandatory course is the culmination of the developed practices for students graduating with a BA or BFA with an emphasis in design*. Extended research opportunities, peer and professional collaboration, and critical thinking development will allow students the opportunity to develop and produce a body of work related to the visual and written documentation initiated in Design Studio I for presentation in the Capstone exhibition. Students will develop advanced comprehension of problem-solving skills required to actively participate in a professional environment.

The course will also provide an opportunity to work collaboratively on various exercises, research opportunities, and evaluation of working processes, to develop portfolio, resume and self-promotional skills suited for professional practices. Through research presentations, discussions and demonstrations by the instructor and invited guests, students will learn strategies that will develop a body of work reflective of the particular needs expected in order to be successful within the graphic design field. Meaning construction through form making is emphasized while students continue to build on the experience of working with tools, materials, and methods of a professional designer.

This course will focus on the application of advanced graphic design principles and systems in the generation of self-authored body of written and visual work. Visual, written and spoken presentation skills will be emphasized in preparation for Design Studio II: Capstone.

Course Syllabus
Course Schedule
Course Deliverables
UNL Box Turn In

Course Deliverables
4 Exercises [25 pts. each] - 100 pts.
3 Projects [100 pts. each] - 300 pts.
Portfolio + Thesis Proposal Formal Review - 100 pts
Participation and Attitude - 100 pts.
Course Total = 700 pts.

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will continue refining self-authored design and research, carried-over from Design Studio I, and create visual representations and design experiences based on conclusions.

  2. Students will participate in peer and professional collaboration to produce a body of work related to their design research for the Capstone exhibition.

  3. Students will collaborate on exercises, research, and process evaluation in order to produce a professional level portfolio, resume, and self-promotion materials.

  4. Students will study the professional strategies necessary to develop a body of work reflective of the expected requirements within their chosen field of study.

  5. Students will examine the concepts of design authorship as it relates to industry standards, developing strong critical thinking and problem solving skills through research development.

  6. Students will participate in Capstone Senior Exhibition and create a written statement and visual presentation about work that reflects on its development, influences and context within contemporary design practices.

graphic design, social design, experiential design, strategic design, interior design, installation design, publication design, interface design, web design, application design

social significance of design, design as participatory art, participatory art as design, the design of participation. the participation of design

Week 01

DS01_DS02_Introduction / Spring 2017


“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours.”

Noam Chomsky

UNL Social Practice Coalition
Graphic Design Beyond the Classroom

Stacy Asher
Assistant Professor of Art
211 Woods Art Building
Department of Art, Art History & Design
University of Nebraska–Lincoln