Celebrate Innovation at the MakeSTEAMQ Student Showcase!

We are thrilled to announce the MakeSTEAMQ Student Showcase, a vibrant celebration of creativity and innovation, taking place at the Rosenthal Library, Room 230 Rotunda. This exciting event will kick off with a reception on May 15th at 12:15 PM and will be viewable through June 1st.

About MakeSTEAMQ

MakeSTEAMQ is a National Science Foundation-funded project aimed at revolutionizing student learning outcomes. By integrating making and design-thinking into the core curriculum, MakeSTEAMQ empowers students to think creatively and critically. Faculty Fellows within the program are dedicated to developing assignments that promote open experimentation and innovation, placing a strong emphasis on student-led classrooms.

Event Highlights

Reception: May 15th @ 12:15 PM

  • Join us for the opening reception during free hour to experience the showcase.
  • Engage with the innovative projects and meet the brilliant minds behind them.
  • Student projects from Creative Coding, Data Visualization and Physical Computing will be on display.

Viewable Through June 1st

  • The showcase will be open for viewing until June 1st, giving you ample time to explore the various projects at your convenience.

Why You Should Attend

The MakeSTEAMQ Student Showcase is a must-attend event for anyone passionate about education, innovation, and student-led learning. Here are just a few reasons why you should mark your calendar:

  • Inspiration: Discover groundbreaking projects that highlight the power of making and design-thinking in education.
  • Networking: Connect with educators, students, and industry professionals who share a passion for innovative learning.
  • Support: Show your support for student creativity and the importance of hands-on, experimental learning environments.

Venue Information

Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230 Rotunda (Downstairs from Library Cafe)

Utopia Parkway Launch Event

Date: Monday, May 13, 2024
Time: 12:15–1:30pm
Location: Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Everyone is invited to the launch event of the Spring 2024 issue of Queens College’s undergraduate literary journal, Utopia Parkway. Copies will be available to browse, and student editors and faculty advisors will be on hand to answer questions. This year’s editors include design students Jeremiah Rorie and Rosalyn Garcia. Faculty advisors include Assistant Professor of Design Kristy Caldwell. Read about the editors here.

The Spring 2024 issue includes contributions from design students Janelle Dey, Rosalyn Garcia, Scarlet Hernandez, Jenny Lin, Vivian Luo, Jenny Mao, Habin Moon, Danilo Moy Li, Steven Noh, Jeremiah Rorie, and Maya Speller. Cover art and design by Jeremiah Rorie.

The event will include a slideshow of all visual art from the issue and feature readings from several creative writing contributors.

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.

Utopia Parkway literary journal

Utopia Parkway is open for visual art submissions! Deadline March 15

Email visual art submissions to utopiaparkwaysubmissions@gmail.com.  

We accept image jpegs of a wide range of visual art. If you’re excited about it then please submit it. Image format: RGB, 300 dpi. Time-based media, such as video and animation, may be submitted as a link to a publicly shared Google Drive or Dropbox folder. If you aren’t sure how to submit your work then please email us. You may submit multiple projects.

Limit submissions of narrative art, such as comics, to 10 pages. Video submissions should not exceed 7 minutes.

Please follow this naming protocol for all art submission attachments: 
Full Name_Project Title_image number.extension

Kristy Caldwell_Home Is_01.jpg
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Kristy Caldwell_Portals_01.jpg

The subject line of your email should read: your last name, a period, and then the genre(s) of work you are submitting. Ex: Smith.VisualArt or Smith.VisualArt.Poetry

All submissions require a cover letter:
The cover letter must state your name, your genre(s) and title(s) of the work you are submitting, one or two sentences about you and your interest in visual art (and creative writing, if there’s a written component to your project), and your preferred email address. Questions welcome.


NeoPangea Apprenticeship

Be an Apprentice at Neopangea

Students interested in digital advertising may find the NeoPangea Digital Ads Apprenticeship Program an educational opportunity worth considering. Here’s an overview of what the program offers and how it might align with your career aspirations.

About NeoPangea

NeoPangea has established itself in the digital advertising sector, known for its diverse range of projects and innovative approaches. The company’s work in digital ads is recognized for its creativity and effectiveness.

Apprenticeship Program Details

The NeoPangea Apprenticeship Program provides a hands-on learning experience in the field of digital advertising. Key aspects of the program include:

  1. Learning from Professionals: The opportunity to work alongside experienced individuals in the industry.
  2. Project Engagement: Involvement in real-world projects that contribute to your professional portfolio.
  3. Educational Growth: Exposure to the latest trends and technologies in the dynamic world of digital advertising.
  4. Networking: The chance to build professional connections.

Application Process

Applications for the apprenticeship program are accepted on a rolling basis. Questions and resumes can be sent to Matthew Tucker at info@neo-pangea.com.

For those interested in applying or seeking more information, further details are available on NeoPangea’s website. https://www.neo-pangea.com/

AIGA Mentorship Program

AIGA NY is committed to our mission of “Championing the future of design for all.”

AIGA NY Mentorship Program Vision:

To foster a community of designers that support each other’s all-around growth. We help designers strengthen their self-confidence, realize their full potential in their career journey and empower them to take on leadership roles.

Join this year’s cohort and join us in building this community! We accept applicants from around the world, but prioritize matching our AIGA NY local community.

Applications are open until January 17th. Apply today!