Design and Graphic Arts
3 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 30,0 TP + 2,0 OT

- João Manuel de Sousa Nunes Costa Rosa

Graphic and analysis skills
Be familiar with plastic and visual expression
Basics of fine arts and design history

Students must be able to:
2.Manipulate the syntax of expression
3.Adapt composition to communication
4.Find simple solutions
5.Represent according to model, type, concept meaning
6.Demonstrate graphic culture
7.Use the right terms
8.Demonstrate critical skills

1 Expression Vs. matter
1.1. Substance and mode
2 Structure
2.1. Skeleton, relation, composition
and structural elements, parts
3 Configuration
3.1. Figure-background, contour, parts
and the all, constituent elements
4 Dimension
4.1 Size, proportion, scale
5 Dynamics
5.1. Balance, statics, tension,
movement and rhythm
6 Quality
6.1. Configuration quality and expression quality
6.2. Filters, oppositions, contrasts
7 Demarcation
7.1. Thicknesses
7.2. Quality of expression
and quality of representation
8. Other elements of expression
and of composition
8.1. Values: tonal, colour, brightness,
lighthing, texture, sharpness, material,
point of view, framework, opacity,
transparency, touch, penetration,
overlapping, etc
9 Graphic culture
9.1. Design and movement of vanguard in
xx century
10 Typologies of registration
10.1 Representative and presentative mode
10.2. Simplification by accentuation and by
11 Iconicity
11.1 Relationship between representation-
represented and referent
12 Iconogram and pictogram
12.1 Classes and process of analogy
13 Schematics
13.1 Simplification by levelling
13.2. Visual signs; visual pictogramatic signs
14 Content Vs. expression
14.1 Subject, theme and message Vs. visual
syntax and morphological elements of the
visual expression

Evaluation Methodology

- Pipes, A. (2008). Fondantions of art and design. Londres: Laurence King Publishing.
- Dondis, D. (1997). A Sintaxe da Linguagem Visual. São Paulo: Martins Fontes
- Acaso, M. (2006). El Languaje Visual. Barcelona: Paidós
- Cossette, C. (1983). Les images démaquillés. Approche scientifique de la communication par l?image. Québec: Les Éditions Riguil Internationales

Method of interaction
a) Expositive classes as moments of discover;
b) Application exercises; visual and typographic representation;
c) Classes of formation synthesis, concerning drawing process: his products;
d) Classes of global evaluation: proof of competencies

Software used in class
Eventually Illustrator or Corel Draw