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Winter 2021 Course Offering: ARTS 191 Basic Software For Design

The Art Department is pleased to offer a design course for the Winter 2021 session – ARTS 191: Basic Software for Design taught by Faiyaz Jafri. This course will meet online Mon-Fri, 9:00am-12:50pm.

Basic Software for Design is an introduction to the fundamentals of prevailing software applications used in design; such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Students work with multiple software applications to create projects that communicate through a variety of forms both digital and in print. This class prepares students with the necessary software skills required for upper level Design courses.

To enroll, log into your CUNYfirst account and enter course code 58267


Queens College Event: Data Hackathon

The Tech Incubator at Queens College and Serval Ventures will host a Data Hackathon at Queens College on Sunday, March 1, during the NYC Open Data week. We invite data scientists, artists, designers, developers and anyone who is interested in data visualization to participate.

NYC has made open data available free for citizens to explore and use. In its raw format, the datasets consist of large amount of texts and numbers and are difficult for an average citizen to consume. Even after the datasets are transformed into charts and graphics, it may still require substantive training to understand and interpret the results. In a world that information consumption becomes more visual, we wonder: “How might we make the NYC Open Data more accessible and useful by exploring new ways of visualizing the data?” For example, moving from 2D to 3D, to multi dimensional representations; from static to dynamic, moving through space and time; using artistic concepts of color, shape, size and orientation to show categories, patterns, correlations, outliers, and etc. The new ways of visualizing NYC open data may lead to more engaged conversations among citizens and result in a better way of living.

Interested in participating? Register for the event here!

Event: Talking Heads – Josh Neufeld and a “Your Name Story” Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, Nov 13th 6:30-8:30 in Klapper Hall room 404 for a visiting artist workshop!

Graphic novelist Josh Neufeld will introduce his work and lead an engaging comics-making workshop. Explore scripting, pacing, and “acting” in comics as you tell the story of your own name. Perfect for all experience levels. Sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing. For more information, check out the event Facebook page.

Faculty Event: Group Faculty Exhibition

Join the QC Art Department for a group exhibition of current works by our faculty, including a variety of media by the professors of Design and Studio Art! The show will be open in the Klapper Hall Student Gallery from November 4th-17th, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 7th 6:30-8:30.

Faculty Event: NY Comics and Picture-story Symposium with Matthew Thurber

The 255th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct 22 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). This event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will feature a film by Queens College professor Matthew Thurber with a Q&A to follow. The film FLEEGIX is “a science-fiction film set on Earth, although some of the population have become convinced that they are in fact living on the planet Mars. The film investigates the nature of belief systems which overlap, co-exist, and create conflict in any human society. It takes place in a recognizable world of parks, parking lots, gas stations and video stores, which makes the episodes stranger and more tangible. It does not create a fantasy world: the extraordinary is mapped onto a recognizable landscape.
The film is inspired by and loosely adapted from on a Young Adult novel by Daniel Pinkwater, Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars, in which alienated high school students Leonard and Alan escape boredom through developing telepathic powers and learn to travel to other dimensions overlapping their own.”
For more information about the New York Comics and Picture-story Symposium and other events, visit their website!

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