This introductory course is the first of four Major Project courses. You will develop skills to perform research and analyze findings. In addition, you will develop critical thinking skills and gain an understanding of the purpose of communication design. By the end of the course, you will have the basic tools to complete project work in the subsequent design courses of this program. In terms 2, 3, and 4, you will integrate knowledge, skills, and abilities gained in previous terms toward a single design assignment in each term. You will self-direct your own workflow, from research and rough drafts of the concept, through to layout and idea development, and to production of the finished comprehensive materials for presentation.