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Graphic Design


View Graphic Design (R): 304A 
View Computer Graphics: Art and Animation Certificate (R): 175

View Graphic Design with Digital Tools Certificate (R): 239
View Illustration(R): 305 


There are two tracks leading to the AAS in graphic design; graphic design and illustration. In addition, two certificate curricula are offered: (1) computer graphics: art and animation and (2) graphic design with digital tools.

Appropriate courses may be used toward development of marketable skills, for vocational interests, or for possible transfer. A student interested in any of the AAS or certificate curricula should consult an academic adviser in the Communication Arts Technologies Department.


Graphic Design (R): 304A

Graphic Design AAS

The graphic design track prepares the student for employment in the field of graphic communication. Emphasis is placed on the creative application of design principles and the solution of problems in graphic design and communication, using both traditional and digital tools.

First Semester
ARTT 100 Introduction to Drawing (ARTD)
3
ARTT 103 Design Studio: 2-Dimensional   3
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing* 3
GDES 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts 4
GDES 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I 3
Second Semester
ARTT 201 Art History:  1400 to Present 3
GDES 124 Fundamentals of Graphic Design II
3
GDES 127 Graphic Design Workflow 3
English foundation 3
Mathematics foundation 3
Third Semester
GDES 212 Publication Design with InDesign 
OR
GDES 218 Graphic Design for the Web 4
GDES 214
Photoshop for Graphics and Photography 4
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution
3
Health foundation 1
  Speech foundation
3
Fourth Semester
GDES 216 Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4
GDES 224
Graphic Design III 3
TVRA 140 Video Editing 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Total Credit Hours  60

 

*  ENGL 101, if needed for ENGL 102/103 or GDES elective.

Program Outcomes for the Graphic Design, AAS:  Graphic Design Track
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate solid foundation skills and competency in a range of media, techniques, and knowledge of associated processes.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving that employs appropriate technical skills and techniques.
  • Evaluate the creativity of ideas and concepts of designed graphics.

Computer Graphics: Art and Animation Certificate (R): 175

Revised: Effective Semester — Summer 2007

This certificate curriculum emphasizes the aesthetic knowledge and technical skills necessary to produce effective computer graphics and animation. Upon completing the curriculum, students may enter the commercial job market, apply this certificate toward a degree in computer graphics at another institution, or advance with their artistic careers.

ARTT 100 Introduction to Drawing 3
ARTT 102 Design Studio:  2-Dimensional 3
CMAP 125 Introduction to Flash 4
GDES 120 Introduction to Digital Arts 4
GDES 140 Introduction to Animation 4
GDES 240 Animation 2:  3-D Modeling 4
TVRA 101 Video Editing for Broadcast
4
  Electives* 3-4
 
Total credit hours  29-30

* Select six to eight credit hours from the following list: ARTT 105, ARTT 211, ARTT 215, ARTT 230,  ARCH 183, GDES 116, GDES 121, GDES 124, GDES 134, GDES 214, GDES 216, GDES 224, HONR 251, and PHOT 214, and GDES 224 have prerequisites that may be waived at the department's discretion. It is suggested that those certificate candidates who wish to pursue a career in graphics for publication take GDES 116 and GDES 214 as electives.

Program Outcomes for the Computer Graphics: Art and Animation Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to use various software programs to produce competent digital still images and animations that adhere to formal artistic criteria.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and use various input and output devices as they are applied to digital still images and animations.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of various hardware platforms as they apply to the creation of digital still images and animations.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to employ creatively the elements and principles of design within a fine art composition.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to use basic color theory in the creation of a digital still image and animation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a script and prepare a storyboard for two and three dimensional animations with audio.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique contemporary and historical fine art compositions, graphic images, and animations both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of art history as it applies to still and moving images.
  • Develop organized work habits.
  • Develop a portfolio representing the highest quality work that they have produced using the mediums studied, including digital still images, two and three dimensional animations.

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Graphic Design with Digital Tools Certificate (R): 239

This certificate prepares the student for immediate employment in graphic design using the computer in today’s digital art and design studio. Courses are designed to provide from introductory to advanced training in the skills necessary to succeed as a professional in this industry.

Program Requirements
GDES 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts 4
GDES 212 Publication Design with InDesign 4
GDES 214 Photoshop for Graphics and Photography 4
GDES 216 Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4
GDES 218 Graphic Design for the Web 4
TVRA 110 Video Editing 3
Elective Courses* (6-8 credits)
ARTT 100 Introduction to Drawing 3
ARTT 102 Design Studio:  2-Dimensional
3
CMAP 125 Introduction to Flash 4
CMAP 272 Professional Web Site Development 4
GDES 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I 3
GDES 124 Fundamentals of Graphic Design II

3

GDES 230 Advanced Image Editing and Correction 4
PHOT 161 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
Total credit hours 29-31
* Students with no graphic design background should select GD 121 and GD 124 to complete their electives.
Program Outcomes for the Graphic Design with Digital Tools Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to express ideas and concepts creatively.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving that employs digital technical skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrate currency in the digital tools employed in graphic design.
  • Apply principles of design and typography to web and print media design.
  • Demonstrate technical mastery of the digital tools employed in graphic design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the vocabulary of design.
  • Develop a portfolio representative of the material and techniques studied, suitable for employment or professional advancement.

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Illustration(R): 305

Graphic Design AAS

This track prepares the student for employment as an illustrator. Subject interpretation, communication, and technical skills are stressed in the preparation of the student’s portfolio.

First Semester
ARTT 100 Introduction to Drawing (ARTD)
3
ENGL 101
Introduction to College Writing* 3
GDES 116 Digital Tools for the Visual Arts  
 OR  
GDES 120
Introduction to Digital Arts
4
GDES 121 Fundamentals of Graphic Design I 3
GDES 134
Illustration I
3
Second Semester
ARTT 103
Design Studio: 2-Dimensional 
3
ARTT 200 Art History:  Ancient to 1400
3
GDES 135 Illustration II
3
English foundation 3
Mathematics foundation 3
Third Semester
ARTT 201
Art History:  1400 to Present 3
ARTT 205 Figure Drawing I 3
GDES 136 Digital Illustration
3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution
3
Health foundation 1
Speech foundation
3
Fourth Semester
ARTT 211
Painting I
3
GDES 216 Illustrator for Vector Graphics 4
GDES 234
Graphic Design III 3
Natural sciences distribution with lab 4
Total Credit Hours 61

* ENGL 101, if needed for ENGL 102/103 or GDES elective.


Program Outcomes for the Graphic Design AAS Degree - Illustration Track

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate solid foundation skills and competency in a range of media, techniques, and knowledge of associated processes.
  • Demonstrate visual problem solving that employs appropriate technical skills and techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to express ideas and concepts creatively.
  • Apply principles of design, drawing and conceptualizing to the processes employed in the illustration industry.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vocabulary of illustration.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present and critique concepts and illustrations.
  • Develop a portfolio representative of the material and techniques studied, suitable for employment or transfer to another institution.

Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements
.


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