Design Deconstruction course at Sessions College

Design Deconstruction

3 credits

DES 333: Design Deconstruction

Unpacking the fundamental elements of design

During this class, your approach to generating design ideas will be “turned on its head” through the process of deconstruction and reconstruction. You will be encouraged to expand your view of design, typography, composition, ideation, and effectively communicating with diverse audiences. Throughout the course, you will solve design problems by exploring and applying creative strategies. By the conclusion of this course, you will have generated a host of basic and refined conceptual pieces and acquired new methodologies for individual or team creative work.

Measure for measure

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Andrew Shalat

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Deconstruction

      We will explore what we mean by "deconstruction" in this course, and how deconstructing design can give us creative tools for a wide range of contexts.

    2. Creativity Is a Skill

      We will examine how creativity is rooted in an understanding of art/design principles. Each design principle we discuss will provide a new creative lens to view our work.

    3. On Using Type, Form, Grids, and Meaning

      We will provide overview of the elements of design we will explore through a series of course projects. In every week of the course, you will be provided a fun and creative challenge that helps you "get inside" a specific design concept.

Sample Student Work

For sample work, visit student gallery

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

A series of creative projects develop and test your understanding of timeless principles. Assignments include: Visual questionnaire, Vernacular Message Sequence, Redaction and Intention, Creating Symbols: Symbology and Language as Design, The Online Meme, and Design Over Time (Motion). Class discussions will stretch your creative and critical thinking skills in a group setting.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CC.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Deconstruct and reconstruct multiple design concepts and layouts.
  • Explore, evaluate, and synthesize historic and contemporary design theories and perspectives regarding typography, composition, and communicating with diverse audiences.
  • Produce, curate, and present multiple ideations of design concepts with an emphasis upon innovation.
  • Develop and refine conceptual design pieces informed by critical feedback as well as extensive exploration and research.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Course Registration Form

To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).