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Graphic Arts

GRA 1100C   PRINCIPLES OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

credits: 2  
This course is an introduction to the basic design principles, concepts and processes necessary for good graphic design. Students learn design solutions that will turn ideas into well-arranged compositions. The students will receive a comprehensive foundation in using elements of design to give form to creative ideas. 62 contact hours.

GRA 1206C   TYPOGRAPHY

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: DIG 2109 or permission of Academic Chair. This course provides the student with information and hands-on experience using type as a design element. The course addresses techniques, applications and problem-solving strategies specific to typographic layout and design. An introduction to electronic typesetting and page layout will utilize software specific to the graphic design industry. 92 contact hours.

GRA 1330   APPLIED HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

credits: 3  
This course is a chronological survey of the techniques of critical thinking and problem solving as applied to graphic design communications beginning with the advent of the Industrial Revolution and continuing through to the 21st century. Specifically targeted for the graphic design student, this course contains a chronology of advertising, marketing, and mass media approaches in order to outline the process of visual strategies and campaigns. Exploration of genres, styles, and practices are detailed through the use of hands-on projects and demonstrations. 47 contact hours.

GRA 2111C   GRAPHIC DESIGN I

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: ART 1300C, GRA 1100C, GRA 1206C. This course is an extension and synthesis of the basic concepts of design as they apply to specific problems of Graphic Communication. The process of problem-solving by design, the visualization of solutions, and the correlation of form and content will be studied. The course also provides for the experience of designing with type as visual shape and iconography. Students will build on skills learned in prerequisite courses and will learn to select appropriate digital media for creative visual problem solving. 92 contact hours.

GRA 2114C   GRAPHIC DESIGN II

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: GRA 2111C, DIG 2115C, GRA 2151C. This course expands the students' understanding and process of graphic problem solving. Through the use of graphic software applications, the student will develop the essential correlation of form and content as it relates to the visualization of creative design solutions. Students will build upon skills learned in prerequisite courses and will select and apply various techniques appropriate for dynamic image creation. Students will research and analyze clients' needs and goals, and apply the design process to develop successful communication solutions. Students will devise and produce digital graphic creations that emphasize the effective use of layout, design, typography, and digital graphic techniques to solve specific communication challenges unique to the design industry. 92 contact hours.

GRA 2131C   MULTIMEDIA GRAPHICS

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: DIG 2115C, GRA 2151C, GRA 2111C. This course develops the essential understanding of the hardware and software required to create and deliver multimedia designs. The student will be introduced to the fundamentals of creating and editing graphic images used in, or in combination with, print, web, animation, and video presentations. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to manipulate text, capture images, produce simple two-dimensional animations and intermix these components into multimedia presentations. 92 contact hours.

GRA 2201   ADVANCED DIGITAL PUBLISHING

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: DIG 2109 and GRA 1206C or permission of program director.This is a computer-based course designed to develop the students' skills in digital publication design. Students will learn through the use of the computer how to develop multiple page layouts, import text and digital images, file management, and output for screen and print production. 47 contact hours.

GRA 2203C   PRE-PRESS PRODUCTION

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: GRA 2111C, DIG 2115C or permission of program director. This course is an introduction to art and copy preparation for printing reproduction. Course activities provide a hands-on experience with materials, techniques and application of pre-press printing procedures. 92 contact hours.

GRA 2951C   PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES/INTERNSHIP

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director. This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills essential to graphic artists and design professionals in the visual communications industry. The course will highlight industry professionalism, legal and business practices, standards and ethics, copyright laws as well as artists' rights. Students will examine the concept of entrepreneurship and skills needed to operate a small business effectively. Part of the course will involve student internship at a pre-approved location. 62 contact hours.

GRA 2952C   GRAPHIC DESIGN PORTFOLIO

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director. This course is designed to develop students' strategies for portfolio presentations to employers and clients, using critical analysis, selection and visual expertise. Students will assemble and evaluate their work in order to develop professional graphic design, and/or photographic portfolios. Students will also learn to develop alternate visual strategies as they apply to portfolio requirements set by industry standards. 62 contact hours.

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