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Carol Fillip

Associate Professor

School of Design
College of Art and Design
Undergraduate Program Director, Graphic Design

Carol Fillip

Associate Professor

School of Design
College of Art and Design
Undergraduate Program Director, Graphic Design

Education

BS, State University of New York at Buffalo; MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology


Areas of Expertise

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Published Conference Proceedings
Fillip, Carol and Lorrie Frear. "Creativity In Motion." Proceedings of the New Directions in the Humanities International Conference. Ed. New Directions in the Humanities International Conference. Montreal, Canada: n.p., 2012. Print.
Fillip, Carol and Lorrie Frear. "Type Carousel." Proceedings of the National UCDA Design Education Summit. Ed. National UCDA Design Education Summit. Blacksburg, Virginia: n.p., 2012. Print.
Fillip, Carol and Cathleen Chou. "Academic Dishonesty and Visual Plagiarism." Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Ed. 4th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. Blacksburg, Virginia: n.p., 2012. Print.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Fillip, Carol. Music is Art Promotional Posters. By Lorrie Frear and Peter Harasty. 2012. New York State of Design, AIGA Exhibition, Rochester. Exhibit.
Fillip, Carol. Mingle. By Lorrie Frear. 2012. Bevier Gallery, Rochester. Exhibit.
Formal Presentation
Fillip, Carol and Lorrie Frear. “Letterforms and Literacy.” TypeCon 2010: Babel. Los Angeles, CA. 16-22 Aug. 2010. Presentation.
Installation/Exhibit/Performance
Fillip, Carol and Lorrie Frear. “Letterforms and Literacy.” National UCDA Design Education Summit. Lawrence, KA. June 2-4, 2010. Presentation.

Currently Teaching

GRDE-201
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of typography (the visual representation of language) to effectively convey information and ideas to specific audiences. Focus is on the communicative function and aesthetic nature of typographic problem-solving. Course content and lectures will cover typographic terminology, type anatomy, history of typography as well as type classification, type measurement, and issues of legibility and readability. Once students are introduced to the fundamentals of typography, they will include imagery as appropriate. Students will also refine their skills using relevant software.
GRDE-202
3 Credits
This course will focus on the analysis, creation and use of imagery for communication purposes, along with an introduction to symbol and icon design as it relates to branding. Processes and techniques for creating images are explored. Projects incorporate symbolism, concept development and integration of image and text. This course will build upon the principles and theories learned in Graphic Design Studio I with project solutions developed for print media, motion and digital use.
GRDE-206
3 Credits
Students will expand upon the principles of grid theory, text and display typography, sequence, page layout, and type and image integration as they relate to a range of design applications: posters, instructional materials, brochures, magazines, books, etc. Visual organization, message communication, and imaging and page layout software skills are integrated in the course.
GRDE-307
3 Credits
This course will provide students with conceptual, organizational, and aesthetic problem-solving methods to create unified and effective design systems, such as corporate identity systems, icon sets, poster and/or packaging series. Students will have an opportunity to synthesize graphic design principles from their previous courses into more advanced and in-depth projects. Research, concept generation, and relevant aesthetic principles will be emphasized. Presentation, writing, and professional skills will be a focus to prepare students for senior year coursework . Teamwork strategies and skills are implemented throughout the semester.
GRDE-498
1 - 6 Credits
This course exposes students to the professional environment through outside job opportunities in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, corporate communications departments, and other acceptable organizations. Students will work under the guidance of art directors, creative directors, senior graphic designers, or marketing communications managers and perform creative work that is educational and meaningful for their short-term academic goals as well as their long-range career preparation. Documentation of the experience is required and final review from employer is obtained. The appointed faculty adviser will meet with the student upon completion for final evaluation for a grade. Students must obtain pre-approval of their department and complete the Internship Approval Form. Credit earned is used toward elective credits.
GRDE-599
1 - 6 Credits
Graphic Design Independent Study will provide students with the ability to focus in a specialized area of graphic design with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. The independent study student must obtain permission of an instructor and department by completing the Independent Study Proposal Form to enroll.

In the News

  • November 25, 2020

    A collage of three shirts co-designed by RIT faculty.

    Making a difference through design

    Sales from t-shirts designed by faculty Carol Fillip and Lorrie Frear are benefitting Music is Art, a non-profit organization founded by Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac.