Design

Student Work

Design, Student Work

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Design, Exhibitions

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2012 Packaging Design

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BFA Design 2013

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BFA Design 2012

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Design Faculty Exhibition 2013

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Overview

Cornish views design as a collection of practices, and our students explore a full spectrum of skills and techniques. Here students will find the tools needed to express their own views and visions, as well as increase digital literacy, learn about systems-thinking, define and solve problems, and increase awareness of the social and cultural implications of design.

Letter from the Design Chair

It is a great time to be a designer today!  At Cornish, we develop 360 degree professionals with broad and transferrable skills. Designers work in a variety of ways today, from graphic novelists and illustrators, to UX designers and Interior Architects. The common thread is the design thinking that designers use to structure creative problem solving and conceptual thinking.

I am excited by Cornish’s new and robust expansion to our college campus and our curriculum. Our renovation of many of our downtown campus buildings and a new Residence Hall are symbolic of the way we are innovating our curriculums. At this 100th year of the college, we continue to embrace Nellie Cornish’ s original vision of innovative creative programs.

Cornish’s Design department is evolving it’s program to be relevant in the new digital economy. Innovative programs require staying dynamic and responsive to changing social environments. The many practices that are defining the design discipline is expanding to become participatory, user experience based and multi dimensional.

We are developing a student centered curriculum integrating Humanities and sciences and Critical and Contextual studies. Research led and theme based projects will give students the holistic education that reflects current professional settings at the same time giving them a well rounded education.

Welcome to Design

Design is moving faster than ever. As the connected world gets more complex, it demands designers who are able to work across platforms and technologies, seamlessly interweaving print, media, user-experiences and the markets they serve. 

Cornish Design has always kept up with changes in technology and culture, but this year it has launched a curricular plan that goes beyond "responding to change" and gives our students the tools they need to lead innovation, rather than merely adapt to it.

Cornish Design offers a student-centered education, currently enrolling 133 students. Our department is small enough to work with every student personally, and we support each student’s particular range of talents. First, students develop the time-honored foundational skills: drawing, 2D fundamentals, and 3D fabrication. Then, while using the most current in digital tools, they incorporate design history, semiotic and systems analysis, and design thinking into their skill-sets.

A solid design education is an exceptional long-term investment. The ways we facilitate problem-solving strategies in our students ensures that they are able to “pivot” and act quickly and intelligently in our evolving world. Cornish designers never grow stale, because they are not trained according to a single agenda or one way of approaching problems. They learn design as a way of thought that is resilient to the converging of different domains of professional practices. The cross-concentration development of our program and conceptual approach is what makes Cornish a unique educational experience.

Design Areas of Study

Design students begin their study as freshmen with the new combined Art, Design, Film + Media Foundation year, giving them basic skills needed excel in our three concentrations listed above. This first year—a year of project-based learning—hones the student’s skills with work that deals with topics ranging from designing for social change to conceptualizing future worlds. 

In the sophomore year, the student declares a concentration— Either Design: Visual Communications and/or Motion, or Interior Architecture. That’s when important building blocks get into place: digital skills, basic foundational thinking in the concentration’s area of expertise, and the beginnings of critical and systems thinking. Junior year is more independent as students develop individual capabilities and take part in our program’s exceptional internship opportunities. Juniors go deeper into what they find most valuable in design, tapping the resources that our department has to offer. Finally, the senior year focuses on a culminating capstone project—the Degree Project—in which all of the student’s skills in honing design process, systems thinking, creative planning, and hand and digital skills come together in an exhibition at the end of the year. Through their four years as a part of Cornish Design, guided and mentored by a faculty made up of award-winning, practicing designers, students master the tools and skills needed to become working designers. Perhaps just as important, they have thought about design’s role in the world and their responsibility to that world and to their own talent and well-being. 

Interior Architecture

The Interior Architecture curriculum provides an educational setting that enables students to develop into analytic creators and transformers of space. The practice of Interior Architecture creates innovative interiors for existing  buildings and integrative design collaborations with architects in the development of new structures, including Living Systems Architecture. Today, the emerging field of Interior Architects strives for economic-collaborative design thinking, as it relates to functional improvement, visual enhancement, and social and psychologically shaped spaces in which we live. 

Design

We've divided Design into three major areas: narrative design, informative design, and responsive design. Starting in 2015, our students will explore these three areas by making work around a chosen theme in each five-week chunk of the semester. Through hands-on projects, instructor-led workshops and lectures, mentorships, internships and the advantage of online skill-learning resources, our students will learn to think their way through change, and develop the sense of personal agency that lies at the heart of every successful designer.

Design Faculty & Staff

Our Cornish design faculty consists of professional designers and educators who create an academic environment strongly rooted in both design practice and theory.  Our core faculty, Susan Boye, Tiffany Laine DeMott, Natalia Ilyin, Jacob Kohn, and Julie Myers, embodies our departmental belief in providing a convergent design education that provokes innovation while underscoring social consciousness.

Our adjunct faculty is drawn from some of Seattle’s most recognized firms:  Robynne Raye is one of the co-owners of Modern Dog; Elizabeth Gordon represents the talent to be found at Mithun:  Jennifer Milliron and CJ Brockway hail from NBBJ, Tobey Wray is at Starbucks, Emily Hooper is at EMP,  Jim Catel  is at HBO, Scott Mayhew is at ArenaNet,  and Mark Kornblum is at Substantial. Cornish is also home to many well respected independent designers including,  Dan Shafer and Ricky Castro Wendy Quesinberry, Marisa Mangum, graphic novelist Ellen Forney, illustrators Esther Loopstra,  Junichi Tsuneoka and Stephanie Bower, book artist Jenny Sapora, designers, and animator Tony White,  as well as others.


Curriculum

Curriculum

The Design program follows a generalized model, but each student’s program will be individualized based on placement testing, transfer credits, and individual progress as the student advances. The first year of the program is spent in Foundations. Then the student may chose to specialize in interior architecture or visual communication and motion design, 


Design Degree Requirements

DESIGN MODEL PROGRAM

Model Programs are updated at the beginning of each academic year. This PDF contains the current year’s model programs for this program. Students should refer to the model program that was in effect for the year and term of their entrance to Cornish. View archived catalogs and model programs.

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Design course descriptions

During the first year of study, all Art, Design, Film+Media students are in Foundations courses together. For second through fourth year of study, students concentrate on their area of interest. Specialized professional practices courses bridging the gap between being a student and becoming a working professional, group study developed by students, and independent study focusing on a special project of the student's choice are available for those meeting the current criteria.

Course descriptions are updated at the beginning of each academic year and available for download. For this and previous years, please refer to the online archive of catalogs

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Design Textbook & Laptop Policy

LAPTOP POLICY – ART/DESIGN FOUNDATIONS 2014 ENTRY

All incoming (FALL 2014) Art/Design Foundation students will need to purchase a laptop and software before the start of classes. Provided below is a checklist for you to make sure you have everything you will need.

LAPTOP

15” 2.0 GHz Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display and AppleCare extended warranty.
Current retail: $2,348 / Education Discount: $2,138

In order to redeem the education discount you can either take your Cornish Student I.D. with you to an Apple store, or you can purchase directly through the Apple online store, by going to http://store.apple.com/us_edu_136266

If you already have invested in a different system or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Alistair McMeekin (Art Dept) or Eric Holden (Design Dept)

EXTERNAL STORAGE

External Hard Drive: G-Tech G-Drive mini, 500 GB portable Hard Drive.
Current retail: $79.09

SOFTWARE

Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription The price is currently $19.99 a month. Adobe Font folio student/teacher edition - $149.00

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Design Learning Outcomes

Our primary goal is to provide the educational foundation for graduates to continue in advanced degrees and to become leading design professionals and active citizens in our local and global communities. To achieve this goal, students engage in a variety of curricular experiences throughout the four-year programs culminating in the following learning outcomes.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • approach design projects confidently by applying a rigorous design process
  • research, analyze and synthesize complex information in the development of innovative concepts for clients and audiences
  • create unique visual expression, grounded in a sophisticated historic and contemporary knowledge of composition, form, style, media and materials
  • apply advanced manual and digital skills in the creation and production of work
  • contribute to a team, as well as assume leadership responsibilities
  • employ strong oral and written communication skills
  • articulate and continue their learning process in future endeavors

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Faculty & Staff

Our Cornish design faculty consists of professional designers and educators who create an academic environment strongly rooted in both design practice and theory.  Our core faculty, Susan Boye, Tiffany Laine DeMott, Natalia Ilyin, Jacob Kohn, and Julie Myers, embodies our departmental belief in providing a convergent design education that provokes innovation while underscoring social consciousness.

Our adjunct faculty is drawn from some of Seattle’s most recognized firms:  Robynne Raye is one of the co-owners of Modern Dog; Elizabeth Gordon represents the talent to be found at Mithun:  Jennifer Milliron and CJ Brockway hail from NBBJ, Tobey Wray is at Starbucks, Emily Hooper is at EMP,  Jim Catel  is at HBO, Scott Mayhew is at ArenaNet,  and Mark Kornblum is at Substantial. Cornish is also home to many well respected independent designers including,  Dan Shafer and Ricky Castro Wendy Quesinberry, Marisa Mangum, graphic novelist Ellen Forney, illustrators Esther Loopstra,  Junichi Tsuneoka and Stephanie Bower, book artist Jenny Sapora, designers, and animator Tony White,  as well as others.


Administration:

  • Jeff Brice
  • Eric Holden

Full Professors:

  • Susan Boye
  • Elizabeth Darrow
  • Natalia Ilyin
  • Jacob Kohn

Associate Professors:

  • Tiffany Laine De Mott
  • Julie Myers

Instructors:

  • Jesse Belknap
  • Gala Bent
  • Stephanie Bower
  • CJ Brockway
  • Ricky Castro
  • Jim Catel
  • Gayle Clemans
  • Sayre Coombs
  • Ellen Forney
  • Julie Gaskill
  • Elizabeth Gordon
  • Justin Hamacher
  • Emily Hooper
  • BeAnne Hull
  • Mark Kornblum
  • Marisa Mangum
  • Scott Mayhew
  • Jennifer Milliron
  • Cameron Neat
  • Robin Oppenheimer
  • Wendy Quesinberry
  • Robynne Raye
  • Taryn Rehn
  • Natalie Riha
  • Jenny Sapora
  • Dan Shafer
  • Matthew Southworth
  • Genevieve Tremblay
  • Junichi Tsuneoka
  • Tony White
  • Toby Wray

Resources

The program structure is designed to be flexible and responsive, where students work together and have access to open learning spaces and the sharing of facilities. During your four years at Cornish you will work within a studio-based environment supported by a diverse range of media, workshop and production facilities.

  • Print Lab
  • 3D & Sculpture Labs
  • Photo Lab
  • Materiality Lab
  • Drawing Lab
  • Media Lab (video, computing, animation)
  • Digital Print Lab
  • Production Studios ( video & sound)

A unique feature of the program is the exploration of the relationship of old, new, and emerging technologies ... material, chemical, analogue and digital processes and techniques.


Design Galleries

The Main Gallery has been a significant feature and resource at Cornish for many years, and has hosted the work of many renowned artists. Alongside the main space, students are invited to submit proposals to create work for The Collaboratory, a project space located in the gallery that is dedicated to interdisciplinary explorations across the College. This represents the very best of Cornish’s unique identity as one of only three colleges in North America that offers both the visual and performing arts.

Student agency is at the heart of Cornish. The Closet Gallery is a student run exhibition space. It is for the students, by the students. Our goal is to provide a professional environment for students to showcase their work while pursuing their degree. We also strive to provide opportunities for students to see the work of fellow peers while providing a community of supportive feedback. The Closet Gallery is open to all current Cornish students from any department and encourages experimentation along with collaboration,” says Curator, Sam Whalen.

The Visiting Artist Program is a key feature of your study and provides the context to meet artists working professionally. You will also have access to the annual lecture series linked with the Neddy at Cornish.​

​Numerous resources are open to Cornish students such as the Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection, and the Henry Art Gallery Collections at the University of Washington.