Professor ⁄ Lauren Meranda
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Meetings / Tuesdays & Thursdays 1–3:45pm

Course Description

A summation of research and work done in Senior Proposal plus the development of new work according to the student’s proposed project, culminating in a gallery exhibition and a written thesis paper.

Goals & Objectives

  • To push the design process in our work
  • To explore unexpected paths
  • To connect personally with your work
  • To hear criticism and effectively enact it
  • To develop a well researched, thoroughly explored project
  • To clearly document your process along the way
  • To learn installation and production techniques
  • To write a clear and concise culminating thesis paper


Attendance at all class meetings is required. More than two absences will impact your grade negatively, and more than three absences are grounds for an F, which means you don’t graduate, so come to class!

Please note: No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. You are responsible for maintaining your own schedule.


This course consists of only one project, but you will be graded on multiple aspects of that project, and your final paper. You will be assessed on your process and on the final body of work you produce, such that you demonstrate:

an understanding of fundamental design concepts

thoughtful and original analysis of research

effectiveness and depth of process

active participation in critiques and discussions

care in craft and presentation

a clear, concise, and well presented paper and documentation of your work

Required Materials

Graphic Design Thinking
Sketchbook / Journal

 Late Work

All assignments are due on the date indicated on the course schedule. Late work will be marked down one grade for each day past the due date, e.g. an A paper turned in after 5pm but within 24 hours will receive an A-. If you foresee a potential conflict, then see Prof. Meranda; with sufficient notice, it might be possible to arrange an alternative schedule.


You are expected to conduct yourself courteously and professionally. Time spent in the classroom will be dedicated to presentation, discussion, and self-directed work time. Any other activities or behavior not conducive to our coursework will NOT be tolerated. Prohibited activities during class time include use of cell phones for talking or texting, surfing the web or social media for unrelated purposes, private conversations amongst students, rude or insulting language or behavior, and any other form of distraction from the tasks at hand.

We have a lot of exciting work to do, and our time together is valuable. Let’s make the most of it.


We will be meeting in studio 401 this semester, and you will all be working quite closely there all semester. Because of this, it is important that you keep the space clean and organized.

If you use something, clean up after yourself.

If something runs out, replenish it, or let the studio manager know.

If conflict arises, which it probably will, talk it out. No passive aggressive comments or notes. Be frank and open with each other. Confrontation isn’t always bad; just don’t be a jerk.

Lastly, DO NOT PROP OPEN THE DOOR! This is a strict rule in the university. The doors lock to keep us and our stuff safe. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the studio, and we want to keep it from being stolen.


Judson University is committed to making reasonable accommodations to assist students with disabilities in reaching their academic potential. If you have a disability which may impact your performance, attendance, or grades in this class and are requesting accommodations, you must contact Gineen Vargas, ADAA Compliance Coordinator in the Student Success Center, located in the Lindner Tower—2nd floor at 847-628-1556.

The ADAA Compliance Coordinator is responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Accommodations will not be granted prior to receipt of a current  licensed clinician report outlining the disability, possible limitations and reasonable accommodations in order to meet the needs of the post-secondary coursework. Accommodations are never provided retroactively – prior to finalization of the Letter of Accommodation. Gineen will be happy to meet with you to discuss your accommodations. All discussions will remain confidential.

Further information is available by visiting
the Student Success Center website

The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus should the need arise.