Graphic Design (GD)

GD150 Principles of Graphic Design

Credits 5Fall

Registration Requirement: RD090, WR090 and MTH020, each with a grade of "C" or better; or placement above stated course levels. Co-requisite: IM178, IM120, IM122, IM123, IM124 and IM125.

This course develops basic conceptual, critical viewing and technical skills in graphic design. The elements of design: line, shape, space, form, texture, value and color are explored through developing visual images and compositions. Areas of design practice are introduced as well as the steps involved in the design process. Students use Adobe Illustrator software to create digital files.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD151 Composition and Production

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: GD150.

Students apply the principles of visual perception and design to investigate the relationship of elements in compositions. Grid systems are introduced to structurally integrate and organize type and graphics. Both the aesthetic and technical aspects of color are deeply explored. Students continue to develop precise digital skills in Illustrator and InDesign as files are prepared for print reproduction.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD152 Concept, Creativity and Unity

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: GD151.

This course explores developing effective creative concepts in both 2- and 3-D formats that are part of a unified visual system. Students document their research, investigate multiple concepts and apply their knowledge of design styles to a multifaceted project. A strong emphasis is placed on quality craftsmanship and preparing complex digital files using the Adobe Creative Suite.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD160 Typography Systems

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: GD150.

Students learn to analyze, decode and encode written information through the study of typographic principles. Hierarchy, readability and legibility are applied to both long and short text documents. Students gain proficiency in expressing ideas through type choices and combinations in printed and screen-based applications.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD165 Digital Illustration

Credits 4Spring

Registration Requirement: GD160.

Image development and exploration using a variety of digital illustration techniques is covered in this course. Project phases include developing iterations, producing a mood board and documenting visual research. Students work with photographic and hand-drawn material and combine both raster and vector images using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD250 Developing Brand Identity

Credits 5Fall

Registration Requirement: GD152.

The examination of visual, conceptual and communication factors as applied to brand identity development. Focus is on brand messaging to internal and external target audiences and the development of business marketing strategies through the application of a visual identity system.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD251 Digital Publication Design

Credits 4Winter

Registration Requirement: GD250.

The research, development, organization, design and visual presentation of complex editorial structures such as magazines, catalogs and guidebooks are covered in this course. Students learn to develop visual narrative and storytelling skills to capture and hold the reader's attention. Strategies for design and content development as well as digital production and distribution via print or mobile devices are addressed.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

GD252 Digital Media Studio

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: GD251.

The capstone project course is designed to showcase a student's overall conceptual ability and technical competence. Students will demonstrate their understanding of all phases of the design process from research, to implementation, to final critical analysis in a complex, multi-faceted project.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.