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Course Category: Graphic Design

This course is an introduction to the theories and principles of graphic design. Student learners will explore the role of visual elements and design practices in various cultural, historical and material contexts, and will learn to evaluate design critically. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Digital photography processes and techniques that include image capture with digital cameras, digital editing in Photoshop, and image presentation in web-based and color print formats. Fieldwork emphasizes capturing artistic subjects in natural light and natural settings. Lab work includes optimizing resolution and editing for content and aesthetics. Students are expected to supply their own HD digital cameras (other than cell phones). Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Acquaints the beginning designer with the basic principles, terminology and methods used to solve graphic design problems and explores the integration of typography and visual elements to communicate ideas. Students learn to understand and evaluate information and learn the value of research in creating design solutions. Assignments are devised to emphasize and encourage conceptual thinking. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Special Topics courses are studies of selected problems, periods or movements in the subject area not otherwise included in the curriculum. They are typically chosen from a faculty member’s particular expertise and field of scholarly inquiry, and offered to a student or group of students forming an interest in the particular subject matter. The 250 designation denotes a General Education level of instruction and may include an appropriate General Education task to be completed. The 450 designation denotes a senior level degree of sophistication expected in both learning and instruction. A single course may be offered at both levels simultaneously, in which case the syllabus will clearly differentiate the course expectations and assessment measures for students enrolled at each of the two levels.
This course is an introduction to the elements and principles of web design. Students will explore the role of visual elements and design practices using professional software and social media. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Digital video processes and techniques that include HD video capture with digital cameras, digital editing, and presentation in web-based and HD formats. Fieldwork emphasizes capturing artistic subjects in natural light and natural settings. Lab work includes editing for content and aesthetics. Students must provide their own cameras with HD video capability (other than cellphones). Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
This course emphasizes digital techniques used to create and manipulate bitmap photographs and graphics in an artistic context. Students create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in editing, color correction, managing digital formats, conceptual thinking, and refinement of design. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Prerequisites
At least one 100-level or 200-level art or graphic design course.
Survey of graphic design history with emphasis on the processes of cultural production explored within specific historical contexts.
Prerequisites
ART 100, ART 211, ART 212 or GRAF 112
Students learn to use appropriate materials, tools and techniques needed to show effective idea development and presentation methods required at the various stages of design problem solving. Students develop style guides to completed comprehensive presentations of several multi-page projects. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Prerequisites
At least one 100-level or 200-level art or graphic design course
Essential experience in the craft of typography and type specification. Students develop a full understanding of the terminology used by typographers and learn to work with type intelligently and creatively. Research into the history of type design and exploration of the symbolism inherent in different typefaces and their relationship to other graphic elements. Students may not receive credit for both ART 251 and GRAF 355. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
This course emphasizes digital techniques used to create vector illustrations and enhance visual representation of information graphics, maps, and logos in an artistic context. Students create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency of the Bezier tool, color matching, digital formats, conceptual thinking, and refinement of design. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Prerequisites
At least one 100-level or 200-level art or graphic design course
This course emphasizes digital techniques used to create web-based animated illustrations and graphics in an artistic context. Students create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in drawing, storyboarding, managing layers and timelines, digital formats, conceptual thinking, and refinement of design..Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee.
Prerequisites
At least one 100-level or 200-level art or graphic design course
Special Topics courses are studies of selected problems, periods or movements in the subject area not otherwise included in the curriculum. They are typically chosen from a faculty member’s particular expertise and field of scholarly inquiry, and offered to a student or group of students forming an interest in the particular subject matter. The 250 designation denotes a General Education level of instruction and may include an appropriate General Education task to be completed. The 450 designation denotes a senior level degree of sophistication expected in both learning and instruction. A single course may be offered at both levels simultaneously, in which case the syllabus will clearly differentiate the course expectations and assessment measures for students enrolled at each of the two levels.
This course emphasizes advanced web design techniques used to create innovative design solutions and interactivity in an artistic context. Students demonstrate an understanding of historical design styles and philosophies while refining work in print and digital formats. Students create and share individual portfolios of original work that meet professional standards. GRAF 480 fulfills the capstone requirement for the Graphic Design major and minor. This course requires use of professional editing software that may need to be purchased by students or accessed via lab fee. Prerequisite: To prepare for GRAF 480, students must successfully complete all of the major/minor required studio courses, with the exception of GRAF 480 and no more than one other, and retain design projects from their previous courses that can be repurposed for their Senior Portfolios.