ECTS Catalogue

Studio of Design of Graphic Signal in Public Space

Pedagogue: prof. ASP dr hab. Adam Kamiński
Assistant(s): mgr Piotr Paluch

Field Description
karta przedmiotu (pdf/doc/odt) lack of data
type of classes pracownia kierunkowa;
course language Polish; English;
method of learning outcomes verification

In order to obtain a course credit, the student has to systematically participate in classes and carry out all practical tasks. In order to complete the sixth semester, the student has to prepare a BA project on the topic specified by the course instructor.
After the student obtains a course credit, the course instructor performs an evaluation of the results of the practical exercises. A passing mark is obtained by those students whose realisations are characterised by a creative approach to the search for design possibilities, a conscious choice of means, and a composition of content that takes into account such elements as legibility, scale, hierarchisation of information, and choice of typeface and colour scheme. An important evaluation criterion is the ability to put forth arguments in favour of the selected design solution during the presentation of the project as well as the student’s attendance to classes.
Both the substantive adequacy and quantity of consultations effectively influence the deepening of the design process and, by the same token, increase the quality of the work results.
A non-passing mark is obtained by those students whose realisations do not meet the above formal conditions and whose non-attendance prevents them from maintaining a proper working dynamics.
Mark scale: 2 (fail); 3, 3.5 (satisfactory); 4, 4.5 (good); 5 (very good); 5.5 (excellent).

subject description

The aim of teaching in the Graphic Signal in Public Space Workshop is to deepen the students’ knowledge in the area of:

-  visual information design,

-  communication with the use of synthetic graphic forms (pictograms, ideograms, direction elements of design),

-  determination of composition proportions accurate for small and large sets of information.

The results of the work supported by an authorial didactic method include designs from the field of: visual information, sign systems, schematics, graphic terrain visualisation, as well as direction information for public spaces.

short subject description

The educational aim is to equip the student with knowledge and abilities thanks to which he will be able to present theoretical information in the form of visual information, communicating with the recipient by means of an image.

form of classes

The classes are conducted in a single group comprised of 8 to 10 people. Each time the consultations of students’ works are preceded by a presentation of examples and inspirations as well as an indication of valuable solutions correlating with presently discussed issues. Several times during a semester a monographic lecture is delivered in the course of which the instructor or assistant performs an analysis of a design problem and presents final conclusions.
An exceptionally significant aspect of the classes is an exchange of opinions between the participants. A discussion based on the presented concepts and works on particular stages of realisation is especially inspiring for the students. Moreover, it deepens their interpersonal skills, and a constructive critique constitutes an element that shapes the culture of verbal communication.

3rd year, 1st degree (Fall and Spring Semester)
-  introduction / monographic lecture – 30 min
-  exercises / individual and group consultations – 150 min

subject area coverage

During the fifth semester two or three design tasks are realised, depending on the quantity and difficulty of particular design problems. The topics of the students’ realisations are selected so as to enable a fully authorial design statement, therefore ensuring that each of the participants of the didactic process has an opportunity to experience individual development.
The sixth semester is wholly dedicated to the work on the BA project, whose topic is ample enough for the student to be able to demonstrate his extensive competencies in the area of visual information design.
The topic of the BA project is the same for the whole group, but each student adjusts it to his own needs which stem from precisely defined design assumptions.

evaluation form credit with grading;

Art and Visual Perception, Rudolf Arnheim
Komunikacja wizualna, edited by Piotr Francuz
Geometry of Design, Kimberly Elam
Grid Systems, Kimberly Elam

placement/internships (connected with field of study/subject area), artistic plein-airs

Studio visits that allow to analyse particular design realisations in real conditions (in galleries, museums, cultural centres, commercial facilities).
Studio visits in companies which deal with designing and producing with the use of the elements of visual information.

entry requirements
formal requirements

Workshop from the elective specialisation group. Passing the fundamentals of graphic design.

preliminary assumptions

Fundamental knowledge concerning graphic design, advanced working knowledge of applications for editing raster and vector graphics, basic knowledge of photography.

learning outcomes
social competences

Student realises his/her own ideas and artistic activities aware of stylistic diversity and based on good work organisation


is able to effectively make use of imagination, intuition, emotion, and creative attitude to independently think and solve problems


demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate with others and live in a society


has the ability to cooperate on joint projects and activities, to negotiate, and to organise



Student is prepared to conduct a group analysis of design problems as well as to cooperate with others in the process of solving those problems and realising projects


has the ability to integrate means of graphic language (words and images), associate and transfer meanings, metaphorically present particular concepts


possessed the ability to independently improve his/her workshop by seeking and comparing the effects of using different tools


has abilities which, on the basis of his/her individual traits (intuition, imagination), allow him/her to realise individual design objectives


has the ability to formulate standard written and oral statements regarding detailed issues related to different disciplines of artistic creation



Student identifies and defines mutual relations between artistic styles and creative traditions



has an organised knowledge of the theory and history of graphic design


possesses knowledge to identify and define mutual relations between theoretical and practical aspects of studying


Studies List

studies status Time<br>[h] ECTS form credit
Graphic Arts s.5 (en)d 60 5 Exercises 60h
Exercises [Z st.]

Semester 2019/20-WS (Z-winter,L-summer)
Course code: #35.12637