2019-2020

GD 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts ( 2 :0 :0 ) 2 credits

This course is an introductory course that provides students with the basic knowledge, vocabulary and skills needed to enter into the studies of design, photography, videography, illustration, animation and web design.  Students will explore many facets of creating art using computer software and the art creation process using Adobe software.  Topics include digital painting, 2D design, photo manipulation, image compositing, animation, 3D design and human-computer interface design.

GD 101L - Introduction to Digital Arts Studio ( 0 :0 :2 ) 1 credits

This course is an extension of GD 101 (Introduction to Digital Arts) course.  The goal of this course is to provide students additional studio time to apply the concepts learned in the GD 101 to art and design projects.  Studio projects in this course include digital painting, 2D design, photo manipulation, image compositing, animation, 3D design and human-computer interface design.

Co-Requisites:
GD 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts

GD 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design ( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as AR 110.  

This course trains students to apply the principles and elements of design to create original work in advertising, editorial, and promotional print materials and presentations. Students will explore typography and how it relates to the layout and design of information, as well as portfolio presentation and preparing work for print. Students will use graphic design programs in the Adobe suite, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Pre-Requisites:
DE 010 - Academic English I
OR
ENR 107 - Advanced ELS Reading and Speaking II

GD 170 - Website Design & Tools ( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as CIS 170.

This course provides a hands-on experience for students interested in learning how to develop websites. Students gain an understanding of terminology, web design, and web operation functions, and they explore a variety of methods available for building a website. Both HTML5 and CSS3 will be introduced. Students use a high-level, web-authoring tool to build web pages for a website that can utilize a database and is published onto a network server.

 

Pre-Requisites:
CIS 101 - Computer Concepts and Applications
OR
CIS 107 - Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications

GD 205 - Typography ( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

This course provides an essential foundation for graphic design students to understand how to use type effectively to communicate information and ideas. Students are introduced to the history of written communication: from the earliest cave pictographs and the invention of movable type, to today’s digital creation of typefaces, logos, icons, and symbols that are part of the continued human desire to express ideas and describe the world. Typographic terms, classifications, and styles, as well as measurement systems, are discussed in order to explore the differences between legibility and readability. Creating a visual hierarchy with text formatting and basic layout is covered in lectures as well as lab assignments.

 

Pre-Requisites:
GD 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design

GD 210 - Layout and Publication Design ( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as AR 210.

This course trains the student to apply the principles and elements of design to create original work in digital media, advertising and promotional print materials. Students will explore how information flows through multi-page layouts to build original pages. The student will further explore software used by graphic designers including programs in the Adobe Suite, InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

 

Pre-Requisites:
AR 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design

GD 211 - Advanced Design and Motion Graphics ( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as AR 211.

This course trains the student to apply the principles and elements of design along with typographic skills to create a variety of original print and media projects using Adobe Software.  Topics on Branding, Advertising Campaign, Editorial Design and Motion graphics will be explored.  Advanced software techniques will be used to help students create original portfolio artwork.

Pre-Requisites:
GD 205 - Typography

or  GD 210 Computer Enhanced Layout and Design


GD 236 - Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation ( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course explores the basic principles of the three-dimensional form and animation in computer graphics.  Emphasis is on 3D design and animation principles to design solutions, visualizations and animated movies.  Studio projects in this class include 3D modeling, photo realistic texturing and lighting, scene construction, animation and rendering.

Pre-Requisites:
GD 101 - Introduction to Digital Arts
GD 110 - Introduction to Graphic Design

GD 273 - Web Graphics ( 3 :0 :0 ) 3 credits

Cross listed as CIS 273.

This course introduces students to creating and applying effective graphics, text, video, animation, and sound to a website. Students use authorizing tools to create and edit multimedia components, and apply these to enhance and publish a website. Students will focus on responsive web design for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Software used is Adobe Dreamweaver and Animate (formerly Flash). Offered nights only in Fall.

Pre-Requisites:
CIS 170 - Website Design and Tools

GD 294 - Internship Program ( 0 :0 :2 ) 2 credits

Cross listed as CIS 294. 

This course gives students the opportunity to work as an intern in an approved position in their chosen major and specialization. Students will work at a job site for 90 hours over the course of the semester, spread out over 8-10 weeks. Acceptance is not guaranteed; students must show a strong academic history (both in the major and outside), strong interpersonal skills, and have a history of reliability and integrity in the classroom. Students will be required to attend a pre-semester workshop, so early registration is critical to placement. Coursework will include a resume, weekly reports, a LinkedIn profile, and a post-internship presentation. Supervision is provided by the College through on-the-job visits and individual progress review sessions.

 

Pre-Requisites:

30 College credits (with 12 credits
in CIS/GD courses)


GD 299 - Graphic Design Portfolio ( 2 :2 :0 ) 3 credits

This course is essential in the preparation of a portfolio for Graphic Design.  This course serves as a building block in the transition from student to working designer.  A strong portfolio provides an important foundation for the development of a successful career.  The course assignment will give students guidance for improving their current portfolio pieces as well as developing new portfolio pieces.  In addition to representing their artwork in print and web design, the portfolio must include a resume and self-promotion piece containing contact information as well as work samples.  Students will make final presentations to the faculty who will critique the project's content, approach and degree of professionalism.

Pre-Requisites:
GD 170 - Website Design & Tools

and 3 classes from GD 110, GD 205, GD 210, GD 211, GD 236