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GRDSN 114: WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATION

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is a study of realism, perspective, picture structure, color and values in modern watercolor painting techniques. Projects are created both in the studio and at community locations.

GRDSN 130: GRAPHIC DESIGN SOFTWARE TOPICS

1 hr. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course contains hands-on, skill-building modules with a variety of current software topics that stress contemporary industry-standard software in the multimedia industry. Students acquire applied software skills and competencies in four-week modules for current and emerging graphic design software applications. This course is repeatable when content of topics is different up to a total of three hours credit.

GRDSN 140: GRAPHIC DESIGN I

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This introductory studio course provides a foundation in practices, techniques, processes, terminology, theory and aesthetics of graphic design. Studio projects stress concept, graphic form, structure and visual organization methods, to develop effective solutions for visual communication problems. Projects combine aspects of image, text, space and color, in both traditional and new-media approaches.

GRDSN 141: INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: GRDSN 140 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of GRDSN 140, and emphasizes various styles and techniques of illustration and graphic design used in contemporary visual communications. It provides a foundation for acquiring aesthetic and technical proficiency and addresses creation and reproduction problems in both traditional and new digital media.

GRDSN 142: TYPOGRAPHY

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: GRDSN 140 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is an introductory course in the Graphic Design sequence. Studio and laboratory projects stress research, basic typographical terminology, and methods for effective graphic design solutions. Analysis of historical trends in typographic design creates a context for contemporary trends and practical applications in the field of Graphic Design. Course objectives stress exploration of design and typographic elements in various graphic design software applications, understanding an application of typographic terminology and processes, comprehension of the value of typographic design, and creation of typographic design for effective visual communication.

GRDSN 143: COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in GRDSN 140 or GRDSN 141 or department approval

This course is an introduction that teaches basic skills in creating computer illustration using Macintosh computers and vector and image-processing software. Studio project assignments stress the acquisition and application of both conceptual and technical skills. Problems of production from generation of computer illustration to preparation of computer files for final output are addressed.

GRDSN 150: GRAPHIC DESIGN II

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: GRDSN 140 with a grade of "C" or better and credit or concurrent enrollment in GRDSN 142

This course stresses studio and laboratory project development and design of digital graphic solutions. This course includes advanced graphic design problems, stressing a practical foundation of knowledge of the graphic design process and methodologies. Instruction includes theoretical basis and practical approach to concept and creation of studio and laboratory projects. Advanced graphic design techniques, processes, terminology, software and conceptual skills are emphasized.

GRDSN 240: ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN I

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: GRDSN 142 and GRDSN 150 both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course includes advanced graphic design problems, stressing methodologies for creating effective solutions for visual communications. Instruction includes theoretical basis and practical approach to concept and creation of studio and laboratory projects. Advanced graphic design techniques, processes, terminology, software and conceptual skills are stressed.

GRDSN 241: ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: GRDSN 240 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of GRDSN 240, in creating advanced graphic design problems. Development of projects for portfolio presentation and career preparation for the Graphic Design field is stressed.

GRDSN 244: COMPUTER ILLUSTRATION II

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: GRDSN 143 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation, at an advanced level, of GRDSN 143. The applied studio project assignments stress the acquisition of conceptual and technical skills. Problems of production, from the generation of computer illustrations to the preparation of computer files for final output, are addressed.

GRDSN 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides a student an opportunity to investigate areas of Graphic Design not included in the course of study according to the individual's academic needs. The student must submit a formal written plan detailing the project, number of credit hours assigned to it and the evaluative criteria that is to be used. This project must be carried out under the direction of a faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student.