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Graphic Arts Courses

Graphic Arts Courses

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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 032: Digital Documents (Adobe InDesign)
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: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Corequisite: GRART 032: Digital Documents (Adobe Indesign)
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 032: Digital Documents (Adobe Indesign), and GRART 034: Adobe Illustrator Basics and GRART 036: Adobe Photoshop Basics
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: Elements and Principles of Graphic Design, GRART 112: Creative Process and Solutions or GRART 230: Computer Basics
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: Elements and Principles of Graphic Design
Recommended preparation: GRART 112: Creative Process and Solutions or GRART 113: Typography 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 034: Adobe Illustrator Basics
Recommended preparation: GRART 111: Elements and Principles of Graphic Design or GRART 113: Typography
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 32
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: BUS 219: Computer Literacy or CIS 205: Computer Literacy or GRART 230: Computer Basics for Graphics
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 34
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: BUS 219: Computer Literacy or CIS 205: Computer Literacy or GRART 230: Computer Basics for Graphics
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.

 

Advanced Adobe Illustrator

Course Number: GRART 35
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite: GRART 034: Adobe Illustrator Basics
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 36
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 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.

 

Advanced Photoshop Basics

Course Number: GRART 37
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation:
Description:
 

Web Graphics (Dreamweaver)

Course Number: GRART 42
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Prerequisite: GRART 036: Adobe Photoshop Basics
Recommended preparation: Computer literacy or GRART 230: Computer Basics for Graphics
Description: Introduction and application of software (Dreamweaver) used in web-page design and construction: Web-page construction with emphasis on graphic appearance.

 

Web Graphics (Flash)

Course Number: GRART 43
Units: 3
Class: 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: GRART 034: Adobe Illustrator Basics
Description: Introduction and application of software (Flash) used in web-page design, construction and animation: Web-page animation graphics.

 

Graphics In Motion (Introduction To Animation)

Course Number: GRART 150
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: ART 020: Beginning Drawing & Composition
Description: Fundamental principles of animation taught with 2D hand-drawn techniques and professional animation software; Digicel Flipbook. Teacher’s lectures include the use of drawings & charts as guidelines, and the application of Disney’s 12 animation principles. Drawn exercises explore timing & spacing, human motions & emotions, and the laws of physics applied to the weight of objects & the forces of nature. Students also view & study award-winning animated films from world-cinema.

 

Graphics In Motion (Intermediate Animation)

Course Number: GRART 151
Units: 3
Class: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: GRART 150: Graphics in Motion Introduction to Animation or Instructor’s approval
Description: Continuation of GRART 150: Exploration of motion using hand-drawn 2D techniques, timing & spacing exercises, & deeper use of professional animation software Digicel Flipbook. Students will apply the laws of physics to animate motion & weight, animate expressions in acting using emotions, and the movement of objects & nature. Disney’s 12 principles of animation will challenge students to excel. Students also view & study award-winning animated films from world-cinema.

 


Special Projects Laboratory

Course Number: GRART 200
Units: 1-2
Class: 3-6 hours laboratory (GR)
Prerequisite: GRART 032: Digital Documents (Adobe InDesign)
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: A basic ability to use computers is fundamental to the graphic arts. Special circumstances arise with graphic files, programs, and output methods when preparing documents for publication. The graphic design and multimedia areas rely heavily on Apple Macintosh computers. No course on this campus
addresses the need to orient computer illiterates to the Macintosh. This course will address that need along with special PC requirements 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.

Occupational Work Experience in Graphic Arts

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