Graphic design is now just a click away thanks to the National Center for Plastic Arts (Cnap). The institution, which supports and helps promote contemporary art, has decided to make part of its knowledge accessible with this unique project.
The course called “Graphic design in college: discovering in order to transmit” will be available from March 2021 on the FUN platform (France Université Numérique). This is an initiation which aims to make students aware of the visual issues of their daily environment. According to a press release published in early December by the Cnap: ” [le design graphique] is omnipresent in the life of college students and yet little mentioned in class. “
Made up of short videos and ideas for activities to be carried out in class, this course was initially designed for middle school teachers, so that they acquire knowledge about graphics and then pass it on to their students. However, there is no need to teach to follow this Mooc (Massive online open course), anyone interested can register, from January, to learn graphic design for free. To carry out this project, the Cnap joined forces with two partners: the company Pimenko, which organizes online training, and the production company La Brèche.
An educational aim
For several years, the Cnap has been committed to disseminating and making graphics available to everyone, by providing free reference tools on the subject. In 2015 and 2019, he published two educational kits on the knowledge and practice of graphic design for teachers: Graphic series to learn graphic design in college and The Ludographer for primary school students. It also edits the journal Graphics in France, whose last issue, Write the graphic design is available free online.
On its Youtube channel, the National Center for Plastic Arts also offers videos of conferences, interviews with artists, but also advice for future professionals in contemporary art.