July 15-21, 2018 Poster Design Workshop

Dive into the creative process as you explore the art of graphic design. Learn about modern illustration tools and techniques, and explore style guides and branding as you conceptualize, pitch, and showcase a poster of your own design.

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The dynamic, historic cultural capital of Boston is your setting, and Emmanuel’s campus is just minutes away from renowned art museums and a vibrant contemporary art scene.

Taught by Emmanuel College faculty members, Summer Residential Enrichment Program courses are designed to provide students of all academic interests an intensive learning experience. Blending classroom instruction with evening structured learning activities and subject-related field visits, these courses expose high school students to the experience of living and learning at Emmanuel College.

Who You Are

Available to rising high school juniors and seniors of various academic interests. No previous graphic design experience necessary.

What to Expect

A concentrated one-week program designed to take you through the creative process of sketching, presenting of concepts, producing visual elements and exploring graphic design concepts through poster design. Students will become familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite, with a special focus on Adobe Illustrator. Final poster designs will be proposed, approved and developed in close collaboration with the instructors and experts in the field. The culmination of the program will be an art exhibit of one or more of your projects designed and executed during the week. The class will also deconstruct award-winning designers’ work in class and explore the Museum of Fine arts for further inspiration.



Your Professor

Erich Doubek | M.F.A., B.F.A.

Erich Doubek is the chair of Emmanuel’s Department of Art and an associate professor of art. He brings more than a decade’s worth of experience as a designer with much of his time spent on motion and interactive design on diverse projects for clients such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Cambridge Friends School, General Motors, PBS, Columbine Floral, Legacy Recordings and Starbucks, among others.

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Program Highlights

  • Explore the visual history of poster design
  • Learn fundamental design principles and techniques of creating form, color, lighting and perspective
  • Hone your skills in leading-edge design tools and programs
  • Delve into branding and style guides, culminating in a brand mash-up project
  • Enjoy afternoon excursions to prominent Boston art and design institutions
  • Develop a poster project from concept, sketching and proposal to design and printing
  • Gain professional and peer feedback through group critique
  • Build your graphic design portfolio (you will complete the program with 1-3 finished pieces)
  • Exhibit your work in a gallery setting
  • Experience Boston with off-campus evening activities

Program Details

Program Dates: July 15-21
Cost Includes:
17 meals
on-campus housing
transportation to off-site events
student coordinator stipends
closing reception
$50 lab fee
Does not include: meal coverage for off-campus excursion (2 meals).
This is a non-credit, college-style course

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