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Graphic Design Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2014


Catalog Number Course Title Credits
First Term    
10-201-105 or 20-815-205 Drawing 3
10-201-109 or 20-815-209 Design 3
10-201-113 or 20-815-213 Painting 3
(OR) 20-815-215 Watercolor  
10-201-140 or 20-815-240 Basic Photography 3
10-801-195 Written Communication 3
(OR) 20-801-219 English Composition I  
10-801-196 Oral Interpersonal Communication 3
(OR) 20-810-201 Fundamentals of Speech  
  Total 18
Second Term
10-201-101 or 20-815-201 Art Appreciation 3
10-201-175 Computer Graphics 3
10-201-181 Graphic Design 3
10-201-185 Web Page Fundamentals 3
10-801-197 Technical Reporting 3
(OR) 20-801-223 English Composition II  
10-809-197 Contemporary American Society 3
(OR) 20-809-271 Introductory Sociology  
  Total 18
Third Term
10-201-150 Intermediate Design 3
10-201-176 3
10-201-183 Typography 3
10-107-186 Basic Web Page Design 3
10-804-123 Math with Business Applications 3
(OR) 20-804-220 Intermediate Algebra  
  Total 15
Fourth Term
10-201-110 or Life Drawing 3
10-201-160 Digital Video 3
10-201-170 Graphic Design Portfolio 3
10-809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
(OR) 20-809-251 Introduction to Psychology  
10-809-166 Introduction to Ethics Theory and Applications 3
(OR) 20-809-225 Ethics  
  Elective 3
  Total 18



Graphic Design Courses

10-107-185 Web Page Fundamentals
Introduces graphic design students to web page principles beginning with building simple web pages using graphics and continuing on to build web pages with greater layout control by using table design and forms. In addition, they will have introductory experience using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as an important component of dynamic HTML pages and hands-on experience using in-line, embedded, and external style sheets to create dynamic pages that allow for more control over the attributes of a web page. Lab. 3 credits.

10-107-186 Basic Web Page Design
Builds on concepts of web page design developed in Web Page Fundamentals. Students will learn design skills as they relate to HTML page construction, site maps with links, and visual aspects and issues of a web page. Pre/corequisites: 10-107-185, 10-201-109 or 20-815-209. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-101-00 Art Appreciation
Explores the purpose of art as it relates to history, our society, and the issues of visual perception. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-201-105-00 Drawing
Provides a foundation in a variety of drawing techniques and concepts through the use of figure, still life, landscape, and compositional exercises. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-109-00 Design
Explores the foundation studio organizational and perceptual qualities of design as they relate to a 2-dimensional surface. This course stresses design as a foundation and as visual problem solving. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-110-00 Life Drawing
Studies of the principles, methods, and image variations of life drawing. The course explores the figure both traditionally and as a contemporary form. Variations of the figure will be addressed, from expression to graphic design. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-113-00 Painting
Explores the principles, methods, and image variations of painting. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-140-00 Basic Photography
Examines the principles of light, depth, exposure, printing, developing negatives, and printing black and white 35 mm film. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-150-00 Intermediate Design
Builds on concepts introduced in the Design and Graphic Design classes. Learning is focused intensively on the formal elements of art as they are organized by the principles of design within the two and three-dimensional space. Course work is based on the exploration of conceptual and technical issues relevant to the project specification and target audience. Prerequisites: 10-201-175, 10-201-181, and 10-201-109 or 20-815-209. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-160-00 Digital Video
Hands-on, studio course in which students learn the basic tools of digital storytelling, using the digital video camera, and digital editing workflow from pre-shoot planning to final output. Focuses on foundational principles in camera and editing basics common to most digital video cameras and non-linear editing suites. Students independently shoot and produce their own creative work. Topics include high definition digital camera operation, monitor calibration, camera-to-editor acquisition and workflow, tape and tapeless workflow, chromakeying, studio and location shooting, basic digital sound acquisition and editing, lighting basics, editing basics, principles and software, and compression and delivery for various media. Prerequisite: 10-201-140 or 20-815-240. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-165-00 Compositing and Visual Effects
Students learn basics of motion graphic design and post-production processes in a digital video workflow environment. Emphasis on creating independent animated pieces which visually communicate a message and creating effects and post-production corrections/modifications consistent with provided conceptual direction in a collaborative environment. Topics include color correction, basics and principles of motion graphic design and effects software, typography for screen, video compositing and image correcting, rotoscoping, basics and principles of visual effects, basics and principles of graphic animation (news and television graphics, lower thirds, animated logos, etc.), and compression and delivery for various media. Pre/corequisites: 10-201-184, 20-815-284, or instructor consent. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-170-00 Graphic Design Portfolio
Covers compiling and evaluating portfolio content in graphic design. Presentation skills are mastered and visual portfolio is completed in this class. Pre/corequisites: All program courses either completed or concurrent, or instructor consent. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-175-00 Computer Graphics
Explores the computer's graphic capabilities in presenting images and investigating visual ideas. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-176-00 Advanced Computer Graphics
Explores advanced applications of leading graphics software packages on the Macintosh platform; introduces pre-press work. Prerequisites: 10-201-175, 10-201-181, and 10-201-109 or 20-815-209. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-181-00 Graphic Design
Examines the structure of words and images in graphic design. Covers basic principles of typographic design. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-183-00 Typography
Introduction to the art of visual communication-through the most basic element of communication-the word. Explore the enhancement of communication by the employment of typographic skills. Placing emphasis on the historical development of type styles, the expressive potential of type, the application of typographic principles and the organization of information. Utilizes Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Acrobat. Prerequisites: 10-201-175, 10-201-181, and 10-201-109 or 20-815-209. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-184-00 Introduction to Digital Media
Investigates advanced design techniques and conceptual development in digital and time based media. Covers the issues of advanced interactivity and the consideration of time and narrative as design elements in digital media. Work is performed in both web and video media. Corequisite: 10-201-176, 20-815-276, or instructor consent. Lab. 3 credits.

10-201-185-00 Interactive Multimedia
Takes the student through the basic of two-dimensional animation and interactivity for the web. Students will become familiar with, and complete projects with software such as Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, and Image Ready. Theory and practice will include scripting, design concepts, site organization, file optimization, and working with both film and sound clips. Prerequisite: 10-201-176, 20-815-276, or instructor consent. Lab. 3 credits.

10-801-195-00 Written Communication
Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-196-00 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-197-00 Technical Reporting
Teaches preparation and presentation of written, oral, and multi-media technical reports. Prerequisites: 10-801-195 or 20-801-219. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-804-123-00 Math W Business Apps
Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percent, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying/selling processes, and basic statistics with business and consumer applications. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-166-00 Intro to Ethics Theory and Application
Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-197-00 Contemporary Amer Society
Explores the American social and political institutions affecting the individual as a citizen, worker, and participant in various social groups. Topics studied will be flexible and responsive to contemporary issues. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-199-00 Psychology of Human Relations
Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes. Lecture. 3 credits.