Prof. Brian Slawson teaches undergraduate upper-division graphic design courses and, since 1990, has taught more than 400 students who work in design studios and creative agencies across the US and Florida. As well, he has chaired more than twenty MFA-level creative projects . Slawson frequently serves on school and college commitees that link the arts with business, engineering and the sciences. He is interested in the intesection of technology, culture, history, education and design. Recent examples are a workshop “Making History Visible: Design Thinking in Action” at the Humanities Education and Research Association conference (2014) in Washington, DC and a paper on “Typographic Form and Cultural Identity: A Look at the Cherokee Alphabet and Printing Type” at a School of Visual Arts conference (2013) in New York.
BFA, Graphic Design, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
MFA, Graphic Design, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
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Undergraduate Teaching. Over two decades, Brian has taught more than 400 graphic design majors. Typically, he teaches studio-based design courses at the junior and senior level. These include Visualization & Creativity, Technology & Processes, Ideas & Styles, and the Senior Design Studio. Our students are creative thinkers. They have found positions at in-house corporate creative services such as ESPN, Disney, CNN, Facebook, Victoria's Secret, Martha Stewart, Macy's, Starbucks, TOMS Shoes.
Graduate-Level Teaching. Brian has served as chair of more than twenty graphic design MFA committees, co-chair of two more, and has been a member on another fourteen. He has also served as an external member for MA/Phd committees in Museum Studies, English, Advertising and Mass Communication. Our MFA design students have found fulltime academic positions at Auburn University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, University of Texas-Pan American, Jacksonville University, Murray State, Belmont University, Roger Williams University, University of Houston-Downtown, and Bahçeşehir University (Instanbul). As well, some MFA students have taken a professional path at IDEO, L'Oreal, R/GA, SapientNitro, Myjive, Florida Hospital, and the New York State Museum.
Other teaching. For three years Brian taught a course in design thinking for K12 educators as part of the summer studio program in UF Art Education. As well, he has developed and taught online courses in typography for the design school, Sessions.edu.