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Matt Scott Barnes
© 1983 — 2021
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©    1983 — 2021


Teaching Experience:
Fall 2021


Fall 2017



Fall 2017



Fall 2013



Fall 2013
PUCD 4205 Core 4 - Thesis 1
The New School's Parsons School of Design

Art 432 - Portfolio
Western Kentucky University
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Art 431 - Illustration for Designers
Western Kentucky University
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VCD1 Typography
Art Academy of Cincinnati
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VCD3 Integration
Art Academy of Cincinnati
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The Teaching Assistant: A Teaching Zine for Graphic Design Educators
During my MFA education, I went through a phase of angst. It was fueled by the idea of comparison. The comparison of one design education versus another. I had always questioned the choices I had made picking schools and the lack of knowledge that I (really) had about them. So easily I would question why are they even a thing. Shouldn't we just rid of 90 to 99% of the programs that exist? This being an on thought out urge, Why not flip the issue. Instead of erasing and start over why not try to do something else about it.

I created this small publication as a small part of my MFA These work to share projects, understandings, and goals with other educators. We all can't be lucky enough to go to an elite school, but we can all have a hand at the same projects.

Projects are created with a goal of specific learnings, similar to the way I work with a client at my day job I build roundabout ways to have a better understanding with the client. Here we create projects that allow students to learn concepting and how to speak about their work.


Fall 2021
PUCD 4206 Core 4 Thesis 1
The New School’s Parsons School of Design
Thesis 1 & Thesis 2 are year-long self-driven investigations into the research, prototyping and design of an identified question, critique, or point of view. It provides an opportunity for design innovation and inquiry through the rigorous research and development of a capstone project, through various pathways across platforms. The goal of the first semester is to research, develop and articulate a thesis concept and create experimental prototypes, including designed presentations of research and process. Thesis 1, in particular, focuses on process, which includes primary and secondary research, ideation, prototyping, documenting and writing about one’s own work. Students will be asked to reflect on how their ideas—as expressed through design—sits alongside historical precedent and shapes culture in the present. It provides an opportunity for visual innovation through the development of a rigorous design process.