Academics

GRDSN 140 GRAPHIC DESIGN 1: FOUNDATIONS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
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 142 GRAPHIC DESIGN 2: TYPOGRAPHY

3 Credit Hours (TC)
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.

Pre-requisite: GRDSN 140 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


GRDSN 150 GRAPHIC DESIGN 3: METHODS AND PROCESS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
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.

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


GRDSN 240 GRAPHIC DESIGN 4: ADVANCED DESIGN PROBLEMS

3 Credit Hours (TC)
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.

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


GRDSN 241 ADVANCED GRAPHIC DESIGN II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: GRDSN 240 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


GRDSN 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Department approval