Critique Week, Spring 2020

March 30–April 3, 2020

The School of Visual Communication Design is announcing a new review process for all VCD students as part of events and festivities called “Critique Week.” This will allow for time in the semester to reflect and assess student work and experience, while also celebrating VCD students and alumni work.

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We are instituting Critique Week for many reasons, but mainly to build community between students and faculty, provide feedback and time for reflection, to provide a time to review student work during class time, and a time to communicate with students regarding their direction, any concerns about their progress, engagement, participation and skill set(s).

 

Instructions

  1. Sign up for an appointment the week of March 2. Appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    There will be a large sign up poster located in Taylor Hall.  Please arrive twenty minutes prior to your critique time and have your work ready to be viewed.
  2. Attend the review, bring your work in the manner it was meant to be shared (as a printed project or in digital format).
  3. Bring something to write on and take notes.
  4. Come with an open mind and ready to accept feedback.
  5. Be prepared and dressed up (business casual).

Do not worry, this is only meant to help you!

 

Schedule

DAY / TIME Morning Afternoon Evening
MON 3/30/2020 Sophomores, 10-12:45 PM
Team Meetings
Sophomores, 1:30-3 PM
Team Meetings
n/a
TUES 3/31/2020 Sophomores, 10-12:30 PM
Team Meetings
Freshmen, 1-2:20 PM
Individual Meetings
n/a
WEDS 4/1/2020 Juniors, 10-12:45 PM
Team Meetings
Freshmen, 1:30-2:40 PM
Individual Meetings
n/a
THURS 4/2/2020 n/a Juniors, 1:45-4:15 PM
Team Meetings
Design Social Hour,
Each + Every Panel at Taylor Hall
FRI 4/3/2020
 
Reserved for make-up sessions

Alumni Presentation, 1-2:00 PM
Todd Wendorff and Eric Courtney 

Seniors, 2-4:00 PM
Alumni Critique Day

Alumni / Faculty Gathering,
Ray’s, 4:40-6:30

 

What to Bring from Each Class:

Depending on your instructor you may have not a few assignments listed, just bring all that you have.

VCD Studio

  • Point, Line, Plane (or also called image abstraction)

  • Typographic Abstraction

  • Typographic Series (or page layout series)

Intro to Type

  • Lecture Series Poster (or some kind of a single sheet layout)

  • A Visual History of Type: A Broadsheet

  • Typographic Book poster (text includes May 4, health topics, lecture series, Wick Poetry)

  • Expressive type

  • Typographic series/systems ( a poster and two 2-page spreads, or a poster and brochure

  • Typographic book (8-10 page booklet)

GD 1

  • Magazine spreads

  • Short term identity Project

  • Book Design

Intro to 3D

  • Product Packaging

  • Exhibition Design

  • Wayfinding Motion

  • Sketches and Storyboards

  • Final projects exported to share on your laptop

  • No exercises or software challenges

  • No AE files

GD2

  • Typography Libris

  • Natural Processes

  • Any project or exercise completed

Motion

  • Sketches and Storyboards

  • Final projects exported to share on your laptop

  • No exercises or software challenges

  • No AE files

DIT 1

  • Provide all the problems done for the class but none of the exercises. There should be at least 4 problems per class.

DIT II

  • Provide all the problems done for the class but none of the exercises. There should be at least 4 problems per class.Internship

Internship

  • Personal branding

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Physical portfolio

  • Online portfolio

Professional Portfolio

  • Portfolio Developed in Professional Portfolio Class

  • Laptop to share Website

All Other Classes

  • Provide Projects completed in class

  • Process work is always a good idea to include

 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all classes cancelled during Critique Week?
Yes, all VCD classes, even those for non-majors and lecture classes.

Won’t this interfere with my classes?
VCD Course schedules should reflect no classes that week, but students will be required to sign up for a critique time.

Is Critique Week Participation Required?
Yes, Critique Week is a required activity.

How are Freshmen involved?
Freshmen will meet with one faculty member individually.

How are Sophomores involved?
Sophomores will meet with faculty teams to review their work.

How are Juniors involved?
Juniors will meet with faculty teams to review their work.

How are Seniors involved?
Seniors will review with alumni and faculty during the Alumni Critique Day.

How are Grad Students involved?
Grad students are invited to observe review sessions for Sophomores and Juniors. They should work on class work independently throughout the week.

What happens if I skip my critique session?
Students that skip their review week session will be counted as absent in each class for review week. (unexcused)
This may negatively impact a student's grade.

What happens if I am sick on the day of my critique session?
If a student is sick they must call the VCD Main office and schedule a make-up time. The number is 330-672-7856. Time is reserved on Friday, April 3rd to review these students. A doctor's note will be required.
Other reasons for missing may not be considered excused. Please take attendance and participation seriously.

What should I bring to critique?
Please save materials, process work and final artifacts. Make use of the unlimited space on Google Drive. And keep copies of your work.
Bring both printed and digital work to the review session.

Can I bring blogs or digital work?
A process blog is a great option, and can help you save materials in natural and reflective manner.

When do I sign up for a session?
Sign ups will take place the week March 2nd, all students must sign up except for seniors.

Where do I sign up for a critique session?
A large sign up poster will be on the 4th floor of Taylor Hall

Who do I contact if I have questions?
You can email the Undergraduate Coordinator, Gretchen Rinnert at grinnert@kent.edu