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Design 370 Special Topics, Fall 2024

Introduction to Lettering & Calligraphy

Course Name: DESN 370-VT: Special Topics in Design – Lettering & Calligraphy
Class Number: 43380
Day & Time: Thursdays 10:00 AM – 1:50 PM
Classroom: KP 481
Instructor: Amy Fortunato

This is a beginner-friendly course for letter enthusiasts that are looking to express themselves through hand-crafted letterforms. This is not a type design course that results in a digital font, but rather explores the artistry and bespoke qualities of hand-drawn lettering and calligraphy. Unique and beautifully crafted lettering creates stand-out portfolio pieces and is a useful asset for a multitude of projects.

A variety of exercises and workshops build hand skills with various tools and mediums that combine analog and digital techniques.

Risograph Printing

Course Name: DESN 370-VT: Special Topics in Design – Risograph Printing
Class Number: 42158
Day & Time: Fridays 10:00 AM – 1:50 PM
Classroom: Klapper 107
Instructor: Cecilia Ruiz Lopez

In this course, students will learn about the colorful and vibrant world of Risograph printing and how it compares to other printing methods used in the Graphic Design industry. Students will become familiar with the technical aspects and unique abilities of Riso printing as they print their various projects such as posters, zines, cards, promotional flyers, and more.  

Introduction to Adobe AI Tools for Generating Imagery

Course Name: DESN 370-VT: Special Topics in Design – Introduction to Adobe AI Tools for Generating Imagery
Class Number: 42157
Day & Time: Mondays 8:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Classroom: Online Sync
Instructor: Kathryn Weinstein

This introductory course explores the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with visual design using Adobe’s Creative Suite applications—Photoshop, Illustrator and Firefly. Participants learn practical techniques for leveraging AI tools to enhance or create compelling imagery. The course emphasizes design skills and critical thinking to build a solid foundation for digital art and design students.

Image generated using Midjourney with prompt “an illustration of a class learning about generative AI”.

AI x Design

Course Name: DESN 370-VT: Special Topics in Design – AI x Design
Class Number: 43386
Day & Time: Mondays 1:40 PM – 5:30 PM
Classroom: KP 107
Instructor: Danne Woo

In the rapidly evolving landscape of design, generative AI stands at the forefront, offering groundbreaking possibilities and posing new challenges. This course is designed for design students seeking to explore the potential of AI in the creative process. Students will delve into a comprehensive exploration of various AI tools, including Adobe Firefly, ChatGPT, DALL-E, MidJourney, Stable Diffusion, Eleven Labs AI, Runway ML, and others, learning to integrate them into design workflows.

The course combines theoretical learning with hands-on projects, enabling students to not only grasp the functionalities of these tools but also understand their practical applications in real-world design scenarios. As they progress, students will be encouraged to develop a critical perspective on the use of AI in design, particularly focusing on the ethical considerations such as bias, authorship, and the societal impact of AI-generated content.

Through lectures, workshops, guest speaker sessions, and collaborative projects, students will gain a nuanced understanding of how AI can augment, transform, and sometimes challenge traditional design methodologies. The course culminates in a final project where students will apply their learned skills to create comprehensive design works that reflect their mastery of AI tools and their thoughtful engagement with the ethical dimensions of AI in design.

Character Animation

Course Name: DESN 370-VT: Special Topics in Design – Character Animation
Class Number: 42159
Day & Time: Mondays 8:10 AM – 12:00 PM
Classroom: TBA
Instructor: Elliot Cowan

Looking to improve your character animation skills and learn traditional “acting with a pencil”? In this class you’ll take the animation principles you learned in your Intro To Digital Animation class and push them further to start delivering animated performances. Using Adobe Animate, you’ll create characters that think and emote and make the audience believe they exist. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to expand their animation skills, might want to pursue a career in the animation industry or simply wants to express themselves through the powerful medium of animation.

Bold Beginners Internship Program

Bold Beginners is a paid nine-week summer internship program, designed to support interns as they gain real-world experience, learn more about healthcare advertising and connect with senior leadership.

Each week, interns will:

  • Team up with a designated mentor in their selected subject area
  • Attend weekly Lunch & Learns to gain exposure to our various agencies, brands and departments
  • Work together in groups on a Pitch for a real client, and present their ideas to senior leadership and C-level executives at the end of the summer
  • Participate in optional career development workshops to hone skills in business writing, resume building, public speaking and beyond

Interns may be expected to complete the program through a hybrid or fully remote schedule, depending on a team’s needs. You will be asked to indicate your format preference as part of the application process.

To see the internships offered and to apply, please click the link below.

Graphic Design & Event Intern – QC School of Arts

The QC School of Arts is seeking a Queens College student to join our team as a motivated Graphic Design and Event Intern! The ideal candidate will possess proficiency in graphic design and must be available to work on-site during our upcoming 3-day Arts Leadership Bootcamp from Friday, March 8th, 2024 to Sunday, March 10th, 2024, with flexible hours ranging from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. To be considered, candidates must submit a resume along with samples of their graphic design work.

This position offers an hourly rate of $17 for a commitment of 5-10 hours per week leading up to the Bootcamp weekend, with the potential for extension into a longer internship with the School of Arts. The intern will report to the Associate Dean of the School of Arts.

Email with your materials to apply! The deadline to apply is Friday, November 17th at 11:59 p.m.

Join us in contributing to the vibrant creative arts community at Queens College!


NYSCI New York Hall of Science Graphic Design Internship

Position Title:  Graphic Design Intern  
Department: Marketing and Business Development 
Reports To:  Creative Services Manager 
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt  

Organizational Background: NYSCI is New York City’s premier interactive museum of science and technology, as well as a global leader in STEM education and a laboratory for new forms of learning. Founded during the 1964 – 1965 World’s Fair, NYSCI is recognized for groundbreaking exhibitions, innovative educational programs, youth development and mentorship, teacher professional development initiatives, and large-scale events that draw children and adults into experiential STEM learning. 

Located in Queens, one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 400,000 visitors annually, including Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in the borough of Queens, NYSCI welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually. The cultural vibrancy and diversity of the audiences NYSCI engages with is one of the museum’s greatest assets and informs the institution’s commitment to ensuring that the museum’s exhibits and programs are accessible and relevant to all.  

NYSCI’s mission – to nurture generations of passionate learners, critical thinkers and active citizens through an aspirational approach to learning called Design, Make, Play exemplifies this commitment. We encourage hands-on experimentation, critical thinking, and iterative problem-solving, and design experiences that enable all young people to feel confident and empowered as STEM learners — an approach that has equity and inclusion baked into its core. 

The Graphic Design Department at NYSCI provides in-house graphic services for all departments and executives at NYSCI and manages the execution of the visual brand identity of the organization in external facing communications in the areas of print, digital design and signage. Design projects range from educational materials, promotional materials, print advertising, signage and video displays. The department plays an advisory role in web and exhibition related projects.  

Reporting to the Creative Services Manager this position will allow design students a chance to acquire work-related day-to-day skills in the area of graphic design, print, print production, digital design and signage.  

• Update flyers and templated documents in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office applications 
• Fielding request for edits and changes to existing designs and publications 
• Operating in-house ink jet printers 
• Occasional hand production skills, i.e. trim out in-house printed posters  
• Familiarity with museum’s extensive photo archive. 

• Excellent design and typography skills 
• Junior/Senior college student 

• Proficient in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop 
• Illustration skills a plus. 
• Attention to detail. 

• Strong layout skills a plus 
• Fluency in Spanish and/or Chinese a plus. 
• Experience in video editing/animation a plus. 
• Examples of current design/graphics arts work.  


NYSCI strives to be an inclusive and equitable place to work. We work to foster diverse voices and perspectives, empower staff as problem solvers, and support professional growth for all.  

The New York Hall of Science offers the following benefits to hourly employees: 

  • Flexible work schedules 
  • Free onsite parking 

How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Please include job title in subject line.  
No phone calls.  

The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.  
If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience,  
please let us know. 

Attend the Hybrid Career and Internship Fair on March 17 and 22

From the Office of Career Engagement and Internships:

The inaugural hybrid Career and Internship Fair is open to all Queens College students and alumni. 

  • Day 2 : In-person fair on Wednesday, March 22, 12-2:30 pm, Student Union, 4th Floor (early admissions at 11:30 am for students who have participated in Career Fair preparation events and COOP 201 World of Work classes). Registration: (Events>Select>Attend). 

More than 30 employers, including top organizations, will be recruiting candidates for internships as well as part-time and full-time career opportunities. Visit the Center for Career Engagement and Internships fair website for prep sessions, fair details, and a list of employers who will be recruiting.

Why should you attend?

  • Participate in career prep workshops.
  • Make meaningful connections with recruiters.
  • Secure your next internship or job.
  • Take a professional photo for LinkedIn.
  • Interview with employers on campus.

If you have any questions, please email

Wix Playground Academy NYC 2023

If you are a visual communication student, soon to graduate and are thinking of your next career growth step, take a minute to read about the Wix Playground Academy program. 

With over 350 alumni worldwide, Wix invests in the professional development of new design talents. In a 4-week extensive hands-on masterclass program, you’ll stay ahead of the curve with outstanding digital skills. Mentored by the best, you’ll create visual assets that will make your personal portfolio stand out. You’ll learn web design, creative coding, art direction and motion and get to know like minded creatives in their early career stage.  

More details:

  • The program is exclusive and there are very few spots available this year. 
  • All costs are covered by Wix.
  • The program takes place in person in New York within a fun and playful environment. 
  • Dates: June 5th to June 30th, 2023
  • Hours: 9-5 daily, in-person lectures and studio hours
  • Applications close April 1st. You’ll be notified if accepted by the beginning of May. 

Submit your portfolio here – you have everything to gain!

Team One (Virtual) 2023 / April 12 – 19, 2023

Calling all Black advertising students and recent graduates! For the third exciting year in a row, The One Club for Creativity’s Inclusion & Diversity department has partnered with Team One to host a weeklong virtual Creative Boot Camp.

Taking place on April 12–19, this intense eight-day workshop groups participants into teams to take on the challenge of solving and presenting real creative briefs. But don’t worry, you and your teammates won’t be alone — you’ll be mentored by some fantastic industry professionals all the way to the finish line, where the winning group will receive an internship at Team One!

While the content of this Creative Boot Camp will be of particular relevance to Black creatives, applications are open to all US-based students and recent grads looking to break into the industry. 

The deadline to apply for this year’s Team One Virtual Creative Boot Camp is Monday, March 27. Apply today or spread the word to those you’d know would benefit from this challenge!

APRIL 12–19, 2023 


Learn More + Register:

“Laughing Matters!: Funny Folx & Feminism

The Queens College
Women and Gender Studies Program

Presents the Annual Palmer
Women’s History Month Celebration!

Please join the Women and Gender Studies Program Annual Virginia Frese Palmer Women’s History Month Celebration as we explore the role of laughter, comedy, and joy in social justice and change.

Showing us that laughter does indeed matter, four funny feminist folx prove that humor can motivate even the hardest hearts to think differently about the world.

Monday, March 13th 2023
12:15pm – 2:00pm EST
This event is free and open to the public!

Register Here:

Speaker Bios:

Join comics and writers Kelli Dunham, Terry Galloway, Lisa Haas, and QC alum Lorena Russi for an afternoon of hilarious conversation about gender, bodies, and power.

If you find yourself down-in-the- dumps or perhaps you are in need of advice about school, work, the MTA, food, dating, cats, or what it means to be a feminist today, then our panelists will offer advice to questions submitted during the show. Bring your questions and your curiosity!

This event will be moderated by Director of Women and Gender Studies, JV Fuqua, and WGS Program Assistant, Nathalie Avalo.  

Register Here:

For additional information, email:,