Alaskan Wilderness Adventure: Travel Zine Design

2 undergraduate studio credits
Course number: IPD 2371-A
Tuition: $4,200


Location: Anchorage, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Kenai Peninsula, Seward, and Talkeetna.

Alaska is the 49th State—the Last Frontier. Rich with nature, wildlife and natural resources, its vast unfettered wilderness offers once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Immerse yourself in all that Alaska has to offer, both on land and water. Each participant in this program will create, design and produce a travel zine that is based on experiences from this awe-inspiring wonderland. Using Adobe InDesign as the pre-press layout tool, projects will primarily consist of digital photography; however, writing, illustration, and mixed-media (drawing, painting, collage) are also welcome. There will be daily reviews of images as well as design and layout tutorials, and hands-on assistance with the final production of the zine.

Participants will visit the stunning Denali National Park, which is home to North America’s highest mountain peak, we will gain access to up-close views of wildlife such as grizzly bears, caribou, and moose. As visitors to the Last Frontier, participants will also witness the impact of climate change.

We will meet as a group prior to the trip for hands-on tutorials in bookmaking, Adobe InDesign, and basic pre-press setup. During the program, images will be shared and critiqued on a regular basis and all participants will meet with the instructor individually. Completed travel zines must be submitted four weeks after the program ends. A final critique and presentation of all published works will be held.

Note: Participants must supply their own Macintosh laptop with Photoshop and InDesign software installed and a digital camera.

Tuition includes: Accommodations; glass-dome ceiling train transportation; guided bus, boat, and hiking tours; all site visit entrance fees; welcome and farewell dinners.

Assignment: Create a travel zine from the Alaskan experience using found objects, illustration, photography, writing, mixed-media and/or collage.

Details: The finished zine must be at least 20 pages in length and should include a front and back cover. Elementary binding techniques, page design, layout, and book execution will be covered.

Required Reading
Alaska: A History, Claus M. Naske and Herman E. Slotnick
Zine / Bookmaking Guide – to be provided.

Travels in Alaska, John Muir
Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer
Call of the Wild, Jack London

Activity level: moderate to vigorous (13 – 15 on the RPE Scale)

For further information contact Michelle Mercurio  via e-mail: [email protected]