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DESIGN 485 A: Design Capstone

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Meeting Time: 
MW 8:30am - 11:20am
ART 247
Annabelle Gould
Annabelle Gould

Syllabus Description:

Annabelle Gould
Visual Communication Design
Room 251
Office Hours: Mondays 11:30am–12:30pm


Course Overview + Goals

Your Senior Capstone represents an opportunity for advanced, individualized design research and development. For this class you will develop a unique project based on your own design interests and experiences. Your project should be credible and substantial enough to last the entire quarter. The final piece will go through a jury process for display in the Design Show in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. It will also appear on the 2019 Design Show website.

You will spend the entire quarter on this project so do something that interests you, not something you think is expected of you. Your capstone can inspire, educate, incite, or humor an audience. Be ambitious but realistic about your goals for the quarter. You are welcome to develop a collaborative project with another senior in Design. You may approach your capstone project in a variety of ways:
—develop a project that reflects future interests
—expand significantly upon a previous project
—add to an area of your portfolio that you feel is lacking

This quarter is also a time to polish your résumé, portfolio website and portfolio materials. You are encouraged to make improvements to selected pieces from your portfolio. This is best done at the start of the quarter, before finalizing your capstone and preparing for the Design Show and graduation. As a class, we will critique all portfolios as the quarter progresses.



Deadline for submission of projects for Design Show jurying
Thursday May 23 at 9am
Jurying 10am–12pm

Capstone deadline
Wednesday June 5
This is the last day of class

Design Show installation
Monday June 10
All seniors meet in Jake Gallery at 9am, install all day

Design Show 2019
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Tuesday June 11–Saturday June 22

Professional + Alumni Reception
Wednesday June 12, 5–8pm

Friends + Family + Public Reception
Friday June 14, 5–8pm

Graduation Ceremonies
Saturday June 15
Morning: School of Art + Art History + Design in Meany Hall
Afternoon: UW Commencement in Husky Stadium

Design Show Take-Down
Saturday, June 22


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Catalog Description: 
For all senior undergraduate design majors. Offered spring of senior year, ID, VCd, and IxD majors frame and develop a project based on broad themes chosen by faculty. Projects may be individual or collaborative Cross-disciplinary projects are strongly encouraged.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:01pm