Structure of studies
Studies of the Graphic Design School are organised based on three main Sectors of Courses:
- Sector of Graphic Design Courses
- Sector of Visual Arts Courses
- Sector of Graphic Technology & Communication Courses
Sector of Graphic Design Courses is responsible for the teaching of the following courses:
Letters and Numbers (Ι, II, III), Typography, Lettering Art, Graphic Design (Ι, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII), Illustration, Introduction in Informatics, Digital Graphic Design (Ι, II), Semiotics, Specifics of Photography - Graphic Design (Ι, ΙΙ, ΙΙΙ), Multimedia.
In the Graphic Design Sector, through the courses on Typography, Lettering Art, Semiotics, Visual Communication and Graphic Design that are being taught in all semesters, a great effort is put together so that the student should be able to combine this field of knowledge with what he / she learns from the Graphic Technology and the Visual Arts Sector, in order to master the language of how to design a visual message.
This sector is essentially the largest and the most composite as far as the combination of teaching hours and academic subjects is concerned, given that this is where the basic principles of letter design and of the use of the aesthetic qualities of fonts are taught, allowing the student to acquire all the necessary skills for creating a channel for visual communication for all kinds of applications.
The students of these courses are encouraged to develop their own ways of expression and their own aesthetic judgment on topics like the design of logos, books, magazines, adverts, web pages, animated graphics etc.
The gradual compilation of a project portfolio, which is put together through the course assignments of all semesters, plays a crucial part in the general evaluation of the work of every student. The portfolio is the passport that will give the student access to the job market and to a postgraduate degree.
Sector of Visual Arts Courses is responsible for the teaching of the following courses:
Philosophy - Aesthetics, Introduction to Design (Ι, ΙΙ), Freehand Sketching - Colour (Ι, ΙΙ, ΙΙΙ, ΙV), History of Art and Graphic Design (Ι, II, ΙΙΙ, IV, V, VI), Colour - Sketching, Digital Image Processing
This sector offers courses on Visual Arts that are fundamental for offering a general education on aesthetics and on the basic principals and laws of sketching and painting, concerning both its creative and its purely theoretical elements.
Through this sort of knowledge the student begins to master visual language, its means and its techniques. He/she starts developing skills in creating images and compositions, as well as in analyzing and making critique, skills that he/she will successfully utilize in courses of other sectors and of course in the development of his/her own work in the field of Graphic Design.
Sector of Graphic Technology & Communication Courses is responsible for the teaching of the following courses: Industrial Design, Linear Design (Ι, ΙΙ), Advertising, Market Research, Foreign Language (Ι, ΙΙ, ΙΙΙ), Graphic Design for Interiors and Exteriors, Publication Budget, Photography (Ι, ΙΙ, ΙΙΙ).
The courses of the Graphic Technology sector are crucial for establishing the necessary skills for operating the tools of image design. The courses will introduce basic principles along with more advanced concepts on perspective, industrial design, photography and animation.
Through these courses the student is equipped with aesthetic criteria and design abilities that will help him/her grasp the dynamics of the visual language of industrial design, as well as the dynamics of placing a design into a given space, the atmosphere of the photographic language and the principles of composing a script and bringing animated images to life.
Following courses, performance assesment and effective attendance
Each semester, students have to follow all the courses in their personal curriculum, according to their course registration form.
In case the number of the teaching hours of a course ends up being, for any kind of reason, smaller that the 2/3 of the number of hours prescribed in the curriculum for the whole semester, this course is considered null and void. This will be decided at the end of the semester, by an act of the sector the course is part of, on the responsibility of the head of the sector. The grading system in all courses utilizes a numeral scale from zero to ten, with 5 as the minimum pass grade. The performance grades of the students in each course are defined as follows:
- from 0.0 to 3.9 - fail
- from 4.0 to 4.9 - inadequate
- from 5.0 to 6.9 - good
- from 7.0 to 8.4 - very good
- from 8.5 to 10 - excellent
All grades are calculated and filed with an approximation of one tenth of the unit. The evaluation of the students is done by taking into consideration the following parameters:
- From the following:
- the active participation of the student during the teaching process and his / her performance in preparatory exercises,
- his / her performance in written or oral exams,
- his / her performance in tests that take place during the course semester,
- the individual or collective projects that are developed during the course semester.
- The participation of the student in at least two graded tasks during the semester is a prerequisite for his / her participation in the final exam at the end of the semester.
- The final grade for a theoretical course or for the theoretical part of a combined course, is the final exam grade. The students are allowed to pass a course, only when they gather five (5) credits at least, in any possible way. Otherwise, the student has to repeat the course in the next semester.
The final grade of a combined course comes out of the grade average of the theoretical and the workshop part of the course, multiplied with factor 0.4 and 0.6, respectively.
The grade of a workshop course or of the workshop part of a combined course, is defined in relation to the nature and the importance of the workshop itself, as decided by the relevant sector; it is the grade average of the exercises that were successfully completed and of tests that were done in portions or as one final exam on the whole corpus of the workshop. At the end of the semester, the course professor forwards the grades of the workshops or of the practical trainings to the administration office of the School, where they are registered and filed.
Exams - Evaluation
Every course semester includes 12 full weeks of teaching and two exam periods that last two weeks each. The second exam period for the spring semester takes place in the first fortnight of September, in the following academic year. After the end of courses in each semester and during the exam period, the students are tested on the whole corpus of the theoretical courses. Attendance is mandatory for all workshop courses. In case of failure, the course can be repeated.
Workshop courses (W)
Students are graded for all workshop exercises, where both theoretical and practical skills are taken into account (oral exam and written test), as well as a written report, handed in after the completion of each exercise.
The final grade in a workshop course (or in the workshop part of a combined course) is formed by evaluating participation during the exercises, the quality of the technical reports, critical analysis skills and the overall presentation of the work portfolio. For a passing result, the successful attendance of at least the two thirds of the workshop exercises is necessary.
During the last week of the semester, there is a chance to complete a maximum of two (2) complementary exercises, for those students who have failed or have been absent. The mode of this complementary evaluation is decided by the academic staff of the relevant sector.
Theoritical courses (TH)
The final grade in a theoretical course or in the theoretical part of a combined course corresponds to the grade of the final exam.
Combined courses (TH + W)
Combined courses follow the set of rules that applies to theoretical courses, as far as the theoretical part is concerned, and the set of rules that applies to the workshop courses, as far as the workshop part is concerned. The final evaluation of the student might come out of one or more modes of testing, according to the nature and the particularities of the course - e.g. active participation and adequate performance during the preparatory exercises, participation in seminars, individual or collective projects developed during the semester, participation in the presentation of the course, written reports, presentation of a work portfolio, critical analysis of projects by other students, dissertation presentation etc.
The Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) grants scholarships to the students that have excelled in exams. The scholarships are granted to the two best students of each academic year (2 semesters). The student who will come first, receives also an award.
Program of studies
Οι σπουδές στο Τμήμα Graphic Design διαρκούν με βάση το τυπικό πρόγραμμα σπουδών οχτώ (8) εξάμηνα, στα πλαίσια των οποίων προβλέπονται επτά (7) εξάμηνα θεωρητικής διδασκαλίας και εργαστηριακών ασκήσεων στους χώρους του Τμήματος και ένα (1) εξάμηνο πρακτικής άσκησης σε παραγωγικούς φορείς του δημοσίου ή ιδιωτικού τομέα. Επιπρόσθετα, οι σπουδαστές του Τμήματος υποχρεούνται να εκπονίσουν πτυχιακή εργασία για την ολοκλήρωση των σπουδών τους.