This course provides students with advanced research in graphic design special topics. The topic of this course may vary from semester to semester. Each course focuses on various issues in the field of graphic design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Projects reflect applications with specific audiences, contexts, and production criteria. Special emphasis is placed on the social/cultural role graphic designers play in their communities and their world. Visual explorations take place through the creation of theoretical and applied projects. These assignments will be supplemented by short readings, lectures, critiques and class discussions aimed at fostering critical engagement with the visual work produced in class. Studio fee assessed. Pre-requisites: ART-110, ART-180, and ART-242. May be repeated for credit.