The International Center for Collaboration and Creativity (IC3) in the University of Troy’s Art and Design program has partnered with the Center for International Programs at TROY to offer a free three-week virtual seminar for 10 students from the Spanish University of Zaragoza.
The seminar, which began Jan. 18, is taught by Assistant Chair and Associate Professor Chris Stagl and covers typography terms, historical references, and best practices. The seminar will end with a mix of analog and digital creative projects.
“This seminar fits perfectly with Troy Abroad’s mission to provide cross-cultural opportunities for TROY students as well as exchange students. The University of Zaragoza is a long-standing exchange partner with the University of Troy, and this seminar will provide students from both universities with a unique learning experience,” said Sarah McKenzie, Study Abroad Coordinator. “I am thrilled to see the learning outcomes and hopefully , the desire of these students to visit the Unizar or Troy campuses.Thanks to Professor Stagl for making it a reality.
Stagl said the seminar was developed to target institutions that do not currently offer typography courses.
“The opportunity for IC3 to collaborate with the University of Zaragoza is one of those experiences that, as an educator, cannot be easily replicated. This three-week seminar was specifically designed for institutions that do not currently have typography-focused courses,” Stagl said. “Working with the director of the Zaragoza department, Dr. Alfonso Burgos Risco, has also been a great experience. We were able to share ideas and work together via email to pre-produce the launch of the seminar for their students via Canvas. I hope that these international students, from Spain and beyond, will be able to find value in the seminar program and ultimately improve their design thinking as it relates to the creative application of typography as a communication tool.
The seminar receives positive feedback.
“I appreciated the projects that were offered to us to learn typography. They helped me learn new terminology and the most important things to consider when doing good hand typography.
Typography is something I’ve been interested in for some time, and I want to be able to create my own fonts and use them in my projects,” said Alba Sanz Reglero, a design student at the University of Zaragoza.
Creative projects developed by students enrolled in this seminar will eventually be displayed on the student work section of the Art & Design department website under a new “international spotlight” heading which will also house a series of interviews with international students currently enrolled in the program. and frequent the Troy campus. These interviews were created by students from Stagl’s User Experience class in the fall of 2021 in the new Studio207 housed at the TROY International Center for the Arts. Student directors include Collen Layton, Hannah Keizer, Olivia Kattos, Jazmyn Fletcher, and Lamarquez Johnson. International students featured in the interviews include Sophie Bilberg from Sweden, Ailin Jiang from China, Siqi Huang from China and Dang Long from Vietnam.