Michael Berger, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Program Director, Graphic Design + Photography

Office Phone: (951) 343-4675
E-mail: mberger@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W. E. James Building, Room 332
Office Hours: Friday 9am to 5pmVisit http://www.cbudesign.com for more information on the program.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.F.A. Graphic Design California State University at Fullerton 2013
B.F.A. Graphic Design/Minor in Illustration California State University at Fullerton 1989
  • Additional Education

    Download a cbudesign brochure at: http://cbudesign.com/cbudesign/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/cbudesign_2011_brochure.pdf

  • Courses Taught

    ART245 2006FA Design Principles
    ART245 2006SP Design Principles
    ART318 2007SP Adv Design Principles
    GDM110 2009FA Fundamental Design
    GDM120-A-2009FA Fund Design
    GDM130-B-2009FA Fund Image
    GDM130-B-2010SP Fund Image
    GDM206-A-2008FA Creative Principles
    GDM206-B-2008FA Creative Principles
    GDM245-A-2008FA Design Principles
    GDM271-B-2008FA Photo Principles
    GDM271-D-2009SP Photo Principles
    GDM306-A-2008FA Adv Myth& Ideation
    GDM306-A-2009SP Adv Myth & Ideation
    GDM318-A-2008FA Adv Design
    GDM321-E1-A-2010SU Prof Pres
    GDM327-B-2008FA Advanced Photo
    GDM331-A-2009FA Animation Design
    GDM331-A-2010SP Animation Design
    GDM371-A-2009SP Advanced Ideation
    GDM371-B-2008FA Advanced Ideation
    GDM399-I-2009FA Advanced Design
    GDM399-I-2010SP Advanced Design
    GDM400-A-2008FA Creative Message
    GDM406-A-2009SP
    GDM410-A-2009FA
    GDM410-A-2010SP
    GDM424-A-2009SP Advanced Design
    GDM427-A-2009SP Advanced Imagery
    GDM450-A-2009FA Internship
    GDM480-A-2009FA Flash
    GDM499-A-2009FA Senior Show
    GDM499-A-2010SP
    GDM206-A-2009SP
    GDM245-A-2009SP
    GDM271-A-2009SP
    GDM302-A-2009SP
    GDM318-A-2009SP
    GDM321 2009SP Professional Presentation
    GDM450-A-2009SP Internship
    GDM499-A-2009SP Senior Show
    GDM120-A-2011SP Fund Typography
    GDM120-B-2011SP Fund Typography
    GDM310-A-2011SP Int Design
    2010-FA-UT GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2010-FA-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2010-FA-UT GDM130-B Fund Image
    2010-FA-UT GDM130-C Fund Image
    2010-FA-UT GDM410-A Adv Design
    2010-FA-UT GDM420-A Adv Typography
    2010-FA-UT GDM450-A Intrnshp
    2010 GDM321-Design Prof Presentatns
    2011-FA-UT GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2011-FA-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2011-FA-UT GDM120-C Fund Typ
    2011-FA-UT GDM130-C Fund Image
    2011-FA-UT GDM410-A Adv Design
    2011-FA-UT GDM420-A Adv Typ
    2011-FA-UT GDM450 Intrnshp
    2011-SP-UT GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2011-SP-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2011-SP-UT GDM310-B Int Design
    2011-SP-UT GDM331 Animation Design
    2011-SP-UT GDM410 Advanced Design
    2011-SP-UT GDM420 Adv Typ
    2011-SP-UT GDM450-Internship
    2011-SU-UT GDM450-Internship
    2012-SP-UT GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2012-SP-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2012-SP-UT GDM130-A Fund Image
    2012-SP-UT GDM310-B Int Design
    2012-SP-UT GDM410 Advanced Design
    2012-SP-UT GDM420 Adv Typography
    2012-SP-UT GDM450 Internship
    2012-FA-UT-GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2012-FA-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2012-FA-UT GDM120-C Fund Typ
    2012-FA-UT GDM399 Spec Topic: Graphc Desgn & Media
    2012-FA-UT GDM410 Adv Design
    2012-FA-UT GDM420 Adv Typ
    2012-FA-UT GDM450 Internship
    2012-SU-UT-GDM450 Internship
    2013-SP-UT DES498 Portfolio
    2013-SP-UT GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2013-SP-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2013-SP-UT GDM410 Adv Design
    2013-SP-UT GDM420 Adv Typography
    2013-SP-UT GDM450 Internship
    2013-FA-UT DES498-A Portfolio
    2013-FA-UT GDM120-A Fund Typ
    2013-FA-UT GDM120-B Fund Typ
    2013-FA-UT GDM410 Adv Design
    2013-FA-UT GDM420 Adv Typ
    2013-FA-UT GDM450 Internship
    Programs Authored
    Design Program at CBU
    cbudesign’s mission.
    The Graphic Design and Digital Media Program, cbudesign, mission is train up young designers build a strong portfolio of work and an understanding of the digital trends and tools as they pertain to design. Through project work the students will learn history, underlying themes and best workflow practices to help them function in the design field.
    The curriculum has been focused to teach a solid foundation in the tools of design then to move the student on to project work and then on to portfolio building and internship in the fourth year of studies.
    Concentrations consisting of four-class clusters have been proposed for studies in photography, video/animation, and web design to complement the graphic design concentration. These areas have been identified by interest of students and their relevancy in the graphic design field.
    The proposed curriculum contains art studio electives, art and design history, and project courses to give the student a comprehensive, relevant and competitive design education.
    Year 1: Foundation—
    Emersion into the technologies, culture and
    history of design
    Foundational courses in major areas of design. Image (photoshop), design (Illustrator), InDesign (typography), Drawing and Art History. Pre-Requisites in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are required for students to move to upper division coursework.
    Year 2: Intermediate—
    Study of methodology and craft
    Upper division course work including two Art Studio electives challenge the student search for their own methods of ideation and process. The courses also stress image making and craft, that which separates great work from good work.
    Year 3: Concentration—
    Study areas of Photography, Design, Web, and Video/animation allow the student to pursue their own interests.
    Concentration course will further enhance the student’s own interests and help them develop their own voice.
    Year 4: Capstone—Independent Studies
    The portfolio course, senior show, and internship class gives the senior time to prepare for future opportunities after graduation. In the senior year the student and instructor will meet to review student work and set the study plan for the senior year in preparation for graduation and subsequent professional endeavors.

    cbudesign’s course structure
    Year 1 Lower division requirements
    GDM 110 Fundamental Design
    GDM 120 Fundamental Typography
    GDM 130 Fundamental Image
    GDM 240 Design Movements of the 20th century
    ART 204 Basic Drawing
    ART 222 Art History II
    Year 2 Upper division requirements
    GDM 310 Intermediate Design
    GDM 320 Intermediate Typography
    GDM 330 Intermediate Image
    ART 430 Art and the Bible
    Year 3 Concentrations
    GDM 480 Web Design (All Concentrations)
    Graphic Design Concentration
    GDM 410 Advanced Design
    GDM 420 Advanced Typography
    GDM 430 Advanced Image
    Photography Concentration
    GDM 360 Studio Photography
    GDM 365 On-Location Photography
    GDM 460 On-Assignment Photography
    Video and Animation Concentration
    GDM 331 Animation Design
    GDM 341 Video Fundamentals
    GDM 441 Advanced Video
    Web Design Concentration
    GDM 328 Wordpress and Advanced Blog Design
    GDM 338 Flash and Actionscripting
    GDM 348 MySQL and PHP Scripting
    Mobile App Design Concentration
    GDM 360 User Interface Design
    GDM 370 Fundamental Mobile Design
    GDM 375 Advanced Mobile Design
     Year 4
    Capstone—Independent Studies
    GDM 450 Internship
    GDM 499 Senior Project




    Graphic Design and Digital Media Catalog Descriptions
    The Graphic Design major prepares students for careers in professions including graphic design, photography, web design and video/animation. The students will learn the technologies, trends and principles employed by professionals in these fields. The program is based around hands-on projects and portfolio building.
    Graphic Design and Digital Media Course Descriptions
    GDM 110 Fundamental Design
    This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Illustrator through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Illustrator for the student.
    GDM 120 Fundamental Typography
    This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe InDesign through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of InDesign for the student and for the student to be able to identify key typography concepts.
    GDM 130 Fundamental Image
    This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Photoshop through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is a working knowledge of Photoshop for the student.
    GDM 240 Design Movements of the 20th Century
    This course surveys of design movements of the 20th century and the influences found today. Movements such as Futurism, Modernism, Postmodernism and the Information Age will be studied.
    GDM 310 Intermediate Design
    This course is an intermediate design course in which project work is used to study work flow, pre-press techniques and practices, idea generation, and other concepts that arise from the process of creativity.
    GDM 320 Intermediate Typography
    This course is an intermediate typography course in which more complex typography concepts, best practice type generation and project work challenge the student.
    GDM 330 Intermediate Image
    This course is an intermediate image course in which more complex photography and photoshop techniques will be taught. Students will learn how to manipulate photography using photoshop to create complex ideas and messages.
    GDM 410 Advanced Design
    This course is an advanced design course in which project work is used to build a professional portfolio for employment or advanced studies. Complex design issues and problem solving challenge the student throughout the creative process.
    GDM 420 Advanced Typography
    This course is an advanced typography course in which complex real-world typography concepts are now explored to build projects for a professional portfolio of work for employment or advanced studies.
    GDM 430 Advanced Image
    This course is an advanced image course in which professional, complex image generation is explored and expert techniques in color correction, masking and compositing are implemented. Professional portfolio projects are built to prepare students for employment or advanced studies.
    GDM 360 Studio Photography
    This course explores techniques and the tools implemented by a photography studio. Projects and exercises will teach the students how to use a camera, use lighting and workflows. Photoshop post-camera techniques will also be taught in conjunction with image processing.
    GDM 365 On-Location Photography
    This course explores natural light settings commonly found on location shoots. Color, available lighting techniques will be taught. Projects and exercises will teach the students how to use a camera, use lighting and work flows. Photoshop post-camera techniques will also be taught in conjunction with image processing.
    GDM 460 Assignment Photography
    This course will offer the student the opportunity to develop photography skills independently in an online format with teaching and student online forums and content. The student and instructor will meet to discuss the student assignments and outcomes.
    GDM 331 Animation Design
    This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe After Effects through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of After Effects.
    GDM 341 Video Fundamentals
    This course explores the tools and implementations of Final Cut through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of Final Cut.
    GDM 441 Advanced Video
    This course is an advanced video course in which project work is used to study complex concepts of story, editing and publishing. Projects in this course are designed to build a student’s portfolio of professional work for presentation for employment and advanced studies.
    GDM 328 Wordpress and Advanced Blog Design
    This course explores the process of using Wordpress, a power engine, to build professional blog sites upon. The students will design and build blogs using Wordpress and other programs needed to build graphic assets.
    GDM 338 Flash and Actionscripting
    This course explores Flash’s power actionscripting, font control, time line and movie properties. The student will work on projects and exercises to gain a knowledge of the functionality of one of the most powerful web animation programs today.
    GDM 348 Mysql and PHP
    This course is an advanced scripting course where the student is taught the scripting language thru exercises and discussions online. Course work will include projects.
    GDM 480 Web Design : html and css
    This course is a course that implements the student’s accrued knowledge of design and typography and applies them to web site design. Using facets of Illustrator and Photoshop the students will design and develop a web site. They learn to draw schematics and present them. They will learn to register domains and establish hosting services for their site which will translate into a service provided to clients.
    GDM 450 Internship
    The internship will consist of an off-campus work opportunity in the field of design at a minimum of 3 hours a week.
    GDM 499 Senior Project
    This course is designed as a capstone showcase of the student’s accumulated body of work while in the program. The Graphic Design Senior Show will consists of 10 portfolio pieces from the student’s portfolio.
    Program Authored
    PHOTOGRAPHY Program at CBU
    cbuphotography’s mission.
    The Photography Major program is designed to instruct the student in three major areas, or interests, in photography: Commercial, Fine Art and Sports. Students will learn the integration of theory, best-practices, hands-on and assignment instruction.
    Year 1: Foundation—
    Emersion into the technologies, culture and
    history of Photography
    Foundational courses in major areas of design. Image (photoshop), design (Illustrator), InDesign (typography), Drawing and Art History. Pre-Requisites in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign are required for students to move to upper division coursework.
    Year 2: Intermediate—
    Study of methodology and craft
    Upper division course work including two Art Studio electives challenge the student search for their own methods of ideation and process. The courses also stress image making and craft, that which separates great work from good work.
    Year 3: Concentration—
    Study areas of Photography, Design, Web, and Video/animation allow the student to pursue their own interests.
    Concentration course will further enhance the student’s own interests and help them develop their own voice.
    Year 4: Capstone—Independent Studies
    The portfolio course, senior show, and internship class gives the senior time to prepare for future opportunities after graduation. In the senior year the student and instructor will meet to review student work and set the study plan for the senior year in preparation for graduation and subsequent professional endeavors.











    cbudesign’s course structure
    Year 1 Lower division requirements
    DES 110 Design Thought Fundamental I
    DES 112 Design Thought Fundamental II
    GDM 130 Fundamental Image
    PHO 105 The Camera
    PHO 140 History of Photography
    Year 2 Upper division requirements
    GDM 330 Intermediate Image
    PHO 410 Studio Lighting
    PHO 412 Portraiture
    ART 430 Art and the Bible
    PHO 431 Sports Photography
    PHO 432 On Location Photography
    PHO 433 Assignment Photography
    Year 3 Concentrations
    Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations:
    Commercial
    PHO 110 Fundamental Commercial Photography
    PHO 310 Intermediate Commercial Photography
    PHO 411 Food/Product Photography
    PHO 412 Portraiture
    PHO 413 Wedding Photography
    FINE ART
    PHO 120 Fundamental Fine Art Photography
    PHO 320 Intermediate Fine Art Photography
    PHO 420 Still Life
    PHO 421 Alternative Process
    PHO 422 Portfolio/Gallery
    PHO 423 Photo Essay
     Year 4
    PHO 450 Internship (0 units, required)
    PHO 485 Photography Business
    PHO 499 Senior Show (1 unit)

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    • 25 years of experience in design firms.
    • Creative Director at Harvest | Greg Laurie
    • Owner of mbdx creative. (mbdx.com)
    • Work has appeared in Wall Street Journal
    • Has produced, written and directed tv commercial and music videos
    • Photography has appeared on FWA, a worldwide photography out of England
    • Logo work is included in the Logo Lounge Vol. 7
    • Designed the California Baptist University logo while art directing David Riley Associates, Newport Beach

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    MFA Thesis: The Comedic Model in Graphic Design Conceptualization
    Wall Street Advertising Campaign, MTI
    Logo Award, Logo Lounge 7

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Harvest Christian Fellowship

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Harvest Christian Fellowship

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Works as agency of record for Fred Jordan Mission, Skid Row, Los Angeles