Our spring course for the general public is a look a some key moments in the history of graphic design. Bard Graduate Center’s public education course, Highlights in the History of Graphic Design is a five-week course taught by our world-renowned faculty and alumni. Using hands on materials, this course allows participants to discover different histories of design and media production through sensory engagement.

Classes begin April 1
Mondays 7–9 pm

Week 1-5: $450 Adults; $375 Students and Educators; $350 BGC Members
Individual classes: $100 Adults; $85 Students and Educators; $75 BGC Members
Space is Limited.

Week 1 (April 1)
The Wiener Werkstätte
With Michelle Jackson-Beckett, Bard Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate and Professor of Industrial Design at Parsons.

Week 2 (April 8)
The Bauhaus
With Michelle Jackson-Beckett, Bard Graduate Center Doctoral Candidate and Professor of Industrial Design at Parsons.


Week 3 (April 15)
American Corporations and Countercultures: Postwar Graphic Design
With Colin Fanning, Doctoral candidate at Bard Graduate Center and Project Assistant Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Week 4 (April 22)
Politics and Culture in Latin American Graphic Design
With Christina De León, Doctoral Candidate at Bard Graduate Center and Associate Curator of U.S. Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


Week 5 (April 29)
Computer as Tool, Computer as Medium: Design after 1980
With Juliette Cezzar, Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.

This session will discuss how new software expanded the range of graphic expression, postmodern thought changed design’s purpose, and the internet fundamentally changed the field itself.

Juliette Cezzar
is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. She was the Director of the BFA Communication Design and BFA Design & Technology programs at Parsons from 2011–2014. She established her studio, e.a.d., in 2005, with clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tartine, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Times, Vh1, Eleven Madison Park, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Her work has received awards from the Type Director’s Club, D&AD, and AIGA’s 50 Books / 50 Covers. She has lectured both nationally and internationally about design. She is the co-author of Designing the Editorial Experience with Sue Apfelbaum and author-designer of four other books. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a professional degree (B. Arch) in Architecture from Virginia Tech. She served as president of AIGA New York’s board of directors from 2014–16.


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