ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Communication Design: Professional Practicum I, Donatello D'Angelo, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Communication Design: Professional Practicum I, Donatello D'Angelo, Fall 2019

In this seminar, we examine various facets of preparation for entering the professional environment in Communication Design. The student is guided to identify specific channels of interest and to develop and/or improve the tools needed for presenting himself/herself in the professional world. MFA in Communication Design students become familiar with various techniques in the preparation of a professional CV and a physical portfolio. Methods for how and where to look for job opportunities and building professional networks are explored. Practical aspects of job interviewing are evaluated by meeting professionals through visits to design studios in Florence and in Turin.

Objectives

By the end of the semester, students will gain a broader knowledge of the tools and traits needed to enter a career in their specific area of interest in Communication Design. The exposure to professionals and studios will inspire personal research and assist in the development and presentation of the professional presentation tool kit.

Recommended Reading

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading.

Paul Arden, Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite, Penguin 2006
ISBN: 9781591841210 (Retail price: $16)

Erik Kessels, Failed It!: How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing upPhaidon, London 2016 
ISBN: 9780714871196 (Retail price: $12.95)

Massimo Vignelli, The Vignelli Canon, Phaidon, Zurich 2010
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Schedule

Week 1
Tuesday, September 10

Professional Presentation Tool Kit 1:
– Available platforms and strategies;
– The one-page CV. What to include and what not to include;
– Reviewing your current physical design CV and portfolio.

Week 2
Tuesday, September 17
Finalization of research paper / Lucia Minunno

Week 3
Tuesday, September 24
Me and My Tools / Donatello D’Angelo

Professional Presentation Tool Kit 2:
– Creating/improving your physical design portfolio.

Week 4 (2-day Field Trip to Turin)
Thursday, October 3

– Visit the exhibition “Graphic Days Torino,” Toolbox Coworking
– 4:30 – 6:00 pm / Opening Talk / Astrid Stavro – Pentagram
– 7:30 – 8:00 pm / Performance / Marco Brancato, Andrea Casciu
– 8:30 – 9:00 pm / Performance / Gabriele Pino, Marco Oggian
– 9:30 – 10:00 / Performance / Giovanni Da Re, Sara Ciprandi

Friday, October 4
– 11:00 am – 13.00 pm / Talk 01 / Tsto, Olivier Kugler, High on Type, Special guest
– 4:30 – 6:30 pm / Talk 02 / Cachetejack, Field, Studio Yukiko, Marco Tortoioli Ricci – AIAP

Week 5
Tuesday, October 8 / Guest Lecture 1 / Florence

Practicing job interviewing techniques: 
Visit the graphic design studio SMV / Matteo Moretti – Enrico Visani

Week 6
Tuesday, October 15
Finalization of research paper / Lucia Minunno

Week 7
Tuesday, October 22 / Guest Lecture 2 / Florence

Practicing job interviewing techniques: 
Visit the graphic design studio Muttnik / Silvia Agozzino – Alberto Bolzonetti – Nicola Giorgio

Week 8
Midterm Break
for Undergraduates (October 26 - November 3)

Week 9
Tuesday, November 5
Finalization of research paper / Lucia Minunno

Week 10
Tuesday, November 12 / Guest Lecture 3 / Florence

Practicing job interviewing techniques: 
Visit the graphic design studio Rovai Weber / Stefano Rovai – Susanna Weber

Week 11
Tuesday, November 19 / Guest Lecture 4 / Florence

Practicing job interviewing techniques: 
Visit the graphic design studio Kmzero / Francesco Canovaro – Debora Manetti – Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Week 12
Tuesday, November 26
Finalization of research paper / Lucia Minunno

Week 13
Tuesday, December 3 / Guest Lecture 5 / Florence

Practicing job interviewing techniques: 
Visit the graphic design studio Kid Studio / Marco Innocenti – Luca Parenti

Week 14
Tuesday, December 10
Finalization of research paper / Lucia Minunno

Week 15
Monday, December 16 / Fall Term Review

1-hour presentation by each student
 

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