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AUK Art & Graphic Design Department Holds its 9th annual Capstone Exhibition

In May, the Art & Graphic Design Department at AUK concluded its 9th annual Capstone Exhibition. The Exhibition offered seniors an opportunity to showcase their creative work, which covered to a range of topics that included social and cultural awareness, corporate identity and entrepreneurship, to the public and have their designs considered by renowned experts from the industry.

Under the supervision of Rita Merheb Khair, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at AUK, participating students investigated a topic of their choice, researched and analyzed it, and designed communication tools that addressed their target audiences through the medium of Graphic Design.

The exhibited projects reflected a culmination of semester-long, self-initiated, and self-directed ideas implemented through diverse applications. The projects were evaluated based on their creativity and presentation; their ability to conduct and use graphic design research strategy effectively; and their ability to plan and implement a compelling graphic design display.

The Capstone Exhibition is held annually. It brings together visitors from the field of graphic design, including experts from graphic design studios, publishing houses, film and video production companies, advertising, and multimedia firms. According to Merheb, "This exhibition is an opportunity for our students to present themselves, their creative capabilities, and their technical skills, through a project in which they have utilized everything they have learned over the past four years. It also gives them exposure, a good body of work to include in their portfolios, and most importantly the strength and the courage they need to move on to the next stage in their lives, whether it is further studies, or the professional world of Graphic Design"

As one of the final year courses, the GDES Capstone course is designed to teach graduating students how to visualize the complex intersection between personal voice, conceptual understanding, and the use of research for a graphic design exhibition. Maryam Hosseinnia, Chair of the Department of Art & Graphic Design, explained that the showcased designs displayed the students' capabilities. "The Capstone is meant to be the culmination of four years of learning for our Graphic Design majors, showcasing their design, talents, abilities, and learning. The faculty of Art & Graphic Design is constantly working to improve the learning environment for the students. The faculty is involved throughout their creative project learning and development. This Capstone shows the hard work and earned expertise of our students as well," she said.

AUK's Graphic Design Capstone represents an opportunity for senior students to fully incorporate their design strengths and learning into a focused, extended process of research and visual expression. The projects are diverse, reflecting individual student investigations into their topic of choice.

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Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 12th June 2016

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