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Robert Dorsey

Professor
School of Art
College of Art and Design

585-475-2640
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Robert Dorsey

Professor
School of Art
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology; MFA, Syracuse University

585-475-2640

Currently Teaching

ILLS-799
1 - 6 Credits
Illustration Graduate Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Form to enroll.
ILLS-599
1 - 6 Credits
Illustration Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Illustration Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
ILLS-562
3 Credits
This course will familiarize students with the requirements of visually reporting a specific happening or event. Assignments will be longer in duration and will consist of several major works, many drawings, sketches, notes and photo references. This journalistic approach to illustration demands that students attend an event and selectively record important aspects that will best communicate the atmosphere and action of the scene. Extensive research, both informational and visual is expected. A personal, editorial viewpoint is desired. This course will familiarize students with methods and issues involving creating a series of images for the single purpose of representing a story or illustrated sequence. Emphasis will be placed on choosing important content and planning effective image sequences. Students will learn to share their observations to clarify and embellish what might be commonplace for the non-visual observer.
ILLS-499
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Illustration students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
ILLS-498
1 - 6 Credits
The illustration internship will provide students with the option to work in the illustration or visual communication field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll.
ILLS-313
3 Credits
This course will focus on preparing students to create work for a variety of illustration markets including the advertising, editorial, corporate and book publishing markets. Emphasis will be placed on the development and creation of a variety of finished illustrations that will demonstrate understanding of current industry trends and standards. Students will gain insight into the differences and nuances of these illustration specializations. Creative problem solving, stylistic self-expression, and technical proficiency will be emphasized. Students will participate in individual and group reviews and critiques.
ILLS-364
3 Credits
Students will take an in-depth look at creating images for the newspaper and magazine publishing industry. Emphasis will be placed on creating a wide variety of finished illustrations. The course will focus on the visual interpretation of editorial subject matter. Critical thinking, visual criticism, and rhetoric will also be a required component of work generation and conceptualizing. Presenting thumbnails that explore a variety of concepts is emphasized. This course may be retaken one time.
ILLS-399
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Illustration students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
GRDE-418
3 Credits
This course will explore the role of a graphic designer in developing effective and innovative communication for editorial design. Students will work on interdisciplinary teams (with photographers and/or illustrators) to create visual solutions for in-class projects and/or a magazine produced by the class. Design development processes and aspects of production methods will be implemented, and innovative techniques in digital publication design will be explored.

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Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Dorsey, Bob. Two paintings in Waterway West: A Salute to the Erie Canal. Oxford Gallery. Rochester, NY. 1 Sept. - 16 Oct. 2010. Exhibition.
Dorsey, Bob. “Nine new portraits of 2010 inductees” Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. October 2010. Commission.