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Graphic Design: Media

A Subject Guide for the School of Graphic Design

Citing Films or Videos

Title of Film or Video. Name of Director, Film Studio or Distributor, and the Release Year.

You may include other data that seems pertinent such as names of the screenwriter, performers, and producer after the name of the director. For films dubbed or subtitled in English, you may give the English title and follow it with the original title, italicized, in square brackets.

The format (film, DVD, VHS, etc.) on which the work was viewed is no longer included.

Example - Film, Video, DVD, VHS, etc.:

It's a Wonderful Life. Directed by Frank Capra, performances by James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell, RKO, 1946.

For audio and video content found online, include descriptive information to help readers understand the type of source you are citing. If the author and the uploader are the same, only cite once. If they are different, place the author’s name before the title.

Example - YouTube, Vimeo, etc:

“Academy of Art University April 2009 Fashion Show.” YouTube, uploaded by Academy of Art University, 29 June 2011,

Selected DVDs for Graphic Design

Helvetica a documentary

Helvetica: A Documentary FilmA documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture, which looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives.

In Brands We TrustAsk what a brand is-- is it a product, a company, an advertising campaign, a myth? Examines the concept of branding, its history, its impact on youth, and the convergence of brands and culture. 

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser To Inform and DelightMilton Glaser--arguably the greatest American graphic designer in the last 100 years--has not only changed the world through design, he's also as close to a rock star as designers get. 

Secrets of the superbrands

Secrets of the SuperbrandsThis program enters the world of fashion superbrands to find out how and why they have invaded not only our wardrobes, but our minds.

DVD Checkout Policies

The Academy of Art Library’s film collection is located at the Circulation desk. Academy of Art Undergraduate and Graduate students may borrow three films for three days and are allowed one renewal.  Academy of Art Faculty and Department Directors may borrow five films for seven days and are not allowed to renew borrowed items. All films can be checked out at the Library’s Circulation desk. 

Streaming Video