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A Graphic Odyssey:
Graphic Design

A Graphic Odyssey: Graphic Design - Campus Mana
A Graphic Odyssey: Graphic Design - Campus Mana
The A Graphic Odyssey program explores the world of typography and its staging.
The adventure begins with an immersion at the Métairie Bruyère, a unique graphic design center in Europe, located near the Ma.Na campus. During one week, the participants discover the ancestral profession of typographer by creating their own typography.
Back at the campus, the second step consists in bringing this typography to life and putting it on stage, like a theater or movie set: on the walls of houses, shop fronts or museum facades, or for an entire village…
During this program, participants (re)learn the basics of typography, the methodology of graphic creation, urban signage, the art of circulating, of living in a public space and learn the profession of Signwriter, by creating a dreamlike, functional and powerful full scale installation.
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Peintre en lettres : François Morel (www.mo-signs.com)
Typographe : TBA.
Théoricien(ne) : TBA.

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative pedagogy is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specializing in their discipline and theorists who enlighten and put into perspective the creative itinerary of the training. This triptych, enriched by numerous other experiences provided on campus, guarantees participants a complete training program combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.
Ma.Na's team accompanies the participant through a range of complementary activities:
  • A time of reflection and research to document the subject
  • Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
  • Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
  • Individual and collective scenarios
  • Conversations and guidance from tutors and speakers.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical acquisitation, professional project and collective work.
  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to graphic design and typography
  • The ability to develop and present one's work,  practice and ideas
  • The ability to pursue a subject
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the beginning of the training.
  • Technical acquisition via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes a brief introduction to the history of these tools, an introduction to their maintenance and use.
  • Creation of your « technical passeport » including evaluations and refresher courses on the use of the different tools & assembly techniques, notably through fundamental practical exercises.
  • Personalized follow-up of your work at the Ma.Na, regular check-ups, intermediate reports and collective presentations at the end of the training.
Individualized meeting on your current practice, notably around the portfolio, allowing you to reinforce, correct, and redirect the different questions.
The work can be individual, in small groups or collective.

Assessment methods

  • production of a full scale installation
  • documented and well-argued final project
  • collective presentation before a jury
  • weighting criteria of the evaluation : 30% training tutor / 30% craftsman / 30% peers / 10% self-assessment
    • using a learning assessment grid
    • the acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account
  • training validated by a Ma.Na certificate of achievement.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline, the experience is assessed during the admission process.
Selection/admission process:
Step 1: submission of a portfolio
Step 2: motivation interview/more precise presentation of the student's artistic project/ practice
Step 3: validation of the application by the admission board, who ensure the adequacy between the profile and the requirements of the training.

Program details

Material(s): Wood, Painting, Paper
Domain: Graphic Design / Engraving / Scenography
Duration: 2 weeks
Language: French & English

Price: 3500 € inc VAT

Includes tuition fees & full board

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 29/05/2023 to 10/06/2023
From 11/09/2023 to 23/09/2023

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