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Selected Topics in Graphic Arts

Course Number: GRART 48GA-MZ
Units: .5-9
Class: 0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU◆
See section on Selected Topics. 1030.00

 

Elements and Principles of Graphic Design

Course Number: GRART 111
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: Computer literacy or GRART 230 and GRART 131 or 132
Description: Introduction to elements, principles, and techniques of graphic design: Elements of point, line, space and volume; principles of balance, unity, and emphasis; image generation techniques of proportion, contrast, visual impact, rhythm, and illusion; use of graphics software for project presentation.

 

Creative Process and Solutions

Course Number: GRART 112
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to the established sequential graphic design process: Process of client communications, project objectives, creative briefs, goal orientation, creative production, presentation, solutions, and evaluation; development of creative imaging skills such as abstracting, morphing, sketching, symbol development, contrary expectations, and visual variety as project solutions.

 

Typography

Course Number: GRART 113
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: GRART 230
Description: Introduction to the importance of type as a graphic design factor: Traditions of communications through visual symbols and letterforms, historical development of alphabets to modern computer-type technologies, type terminology, measurement, composition, and layout using traditional and computer page-layout software; hands-on projects demonstrating typographical concepts.

 

Graphic Design Technology

Course Number: GRART 114
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite: GRART 131 or 132, and 134 and 136
Description: Technology-based orientation to file preparation dependent upon final output method: Concepts of print and electronic display limitations, file formats, image resolution and correction, color modes, file inspection, packaging, and delivery to the graphic arts service provider.

 

Web Site Design

Course Number: GRART 115
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to web-site design from a planning perspective: Good elements of graphic design, process of design, goals of site, message, audience demographics and psychographics, content and architecture, pre-production, building and maintaining.

 

Applied Graphic Design 1

Course Number: GRART 121
Units: 3
Class: 1 hour lecture, 6 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite: GRART 113
Recommended preparation: GRART 111, 112 or 230
Description: Project-oriented class for the practical application of typographical theory: Impact of type on the audience, type composition, layout, emphasis, and characteristics for impact on readability, legibility and graphic design aesthetics; use of computer page-layout software in project completion.

 

Applied Graphic Design 2

Course Number: GRART 122
Units: 3
Class: 1 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite(s): GRART 111, 112, and 113
Recommended preparation: GRART 230 or Computer literacy
Description: Project-oriented class for the practical application of design theory, procedures, and processes: Advertising design for publications such as newspapers and magazines, packaging and publication design for the layout of newsletters and magazines; student-generated art using both hand and computer techniques for creation of presentation designs.

 

Applied Graphic Design 3

Course Number: GRART 123
Units: 3
Class: 1 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite: GRART 111 and 112 and 113
Recommended preparation: GRART 230 or Computer literacy
Description: Project-oriented class for the practical application of design theory, procedures, and processes: Business graphics and corporate design, poster design, and branding for product identity and acceptance; student-generated art using both hand and computer techniques for creation of presentation designs.

 

Digital Documents (Adobe InDesign)

Course Number: GRART 132
Units: 2.5
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: Bus 219 or CIS 205 or Grart 230
Description: Application of “page-layout” software utilized in the graphic arts/multimedia industries for digital document generation: Production of various basic publications, use of peripheral devices such as scanners and laser output devices, and efficient print-ready file preparation.

 

Adobe Illustrator Basics

Course Number: GRART 134
Units: 2.5
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: BUS 219 or CIS 205 or GRART 230
Description: Skill-based approach to vector-based drawing software: Emphasis on graphic design, print and web graphics, and fine arts application; exploration through hands-on projects.
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Advanced Adobe Illustrator

Course Number: GRART 035
Units: 2.5
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite: GRART 134
Description: Application of “draw” software utilized in the graphic arts/multimedia industries for digitized illustration and drawing of imagery: Logos, posters, publication illustrations, custom environments, advanced typography, layers and appearances, drawing and coloring, brush techniques, blends, gradients and mesh, transparency, live effects and live 3D effects and other techniques; exploration through hands-on projects.

 

Adobe Photoshop Basics

Course Number: GRART 136
Units: 2.5
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: BUS 219 or CIS 205 or GRART 230
Description: Introduction to imaging software utilized in the graphic arts for photo and tonal manipulations: Selecting, painting and filling, layers, editing images, color correction, typography, tools, masks and channels, converting and manipulating images, and filters; exploration through hands-on projects.
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Web Graphics (Dreamweaver)

Course Number: GRART 142
Units: 2.5
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: Computer literacy or GRART 136 or GRART 230
Description: Introduction and application of software (Dreamweaver) used in web-page design and construction: Web-page construction with emphasis on graphic appearance.
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Web Graphics (Flash)

Course Number: GRART 143
Units: 2.5
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: BUS 219 or CIS 205 or GRART 230 or 136 or 036
Description: Introduction and application of software (Flash) used in web-page design, construction and animation: Web-page animation graphics.

 


Special Projects Laboratory

Course Number: GRART 200
Units: 1-2
Class: 3-6 hours laboratory (GR)
Prerequisite: GRART 132
Description: Course study under this section may be repeated three times.
Open laboratory for working on selected projects: Provides opportunities for development of advanced and/or individual skills in graphic arts. 1030.00

 

Computer Basics for Graphics

Course Number: GRART 230
Units: 1
Class: .75 hours lecture, .75 hours laboratory
Recommended preparation: Very basic keyboarding skill
Description: Basic computer operations for beginners with an interest in graphics and multimedia: Introduction to basic and special graphic operations with emphasis on Macintosh operating systems, with some Windows basics for graphics.

 

Introduction to Graphic Design

Course Number: GRART 231
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture
Description: Recommended for majors and non-majors seeking a career path in Applied Graphic Design.
Description: Introduction to the graphic arts industry and the role of the graphic designer: Historical aspect of graphic design, human communications, print and electronic documents, computer usage in graphic design, and design fundamentals and aesthetics.

 

Selected Topics in Graphic Arts

Course Number: GRART 248GA-MZ
Units: .5-9
Class: 0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR)
See section on Selected Topics. 1030.00

 

Occupational Work Experience in Graphic Arts

Course Number: COPED 466K
Units: 1-4
Class: hours to be arranged (GR)