Academic Catalog

Graphic Design (GRPH)

GRPH 101  History of Media and Design  3 cr.  

A survey of the evolution of media and design from 1450 to the present in Europe and the United States. The course will cover the significant events and works in media and design communication, and will contextualize media and design history in terms of artistic achievement, technical innovation, and cultural expression. The course will identify and discuss media and design from the medieval period through the digital age.

GRPH 151  Digital Imagery  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

Digital Imagery is an introductory college-level course which provides an orientation and basic skills to the industry-standard Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator software. This course is designed to introduce students to the computer as a tool for making art, with emphasis on hand built two dimensional vector and raster based images. Students focus on how vector and raster images can be used as a communicative device for design and illustration and as an exploration of the unique visual qualities of their combination. This will be accomplished through lectures, exercises, student team assignments, discussion, and exploration in and outside of the classroom. Assignments require that students combine traditional media with digital technologies as a means of extending the experience. These skills are prerequisites for all those interested in transferring or working within the graphic design industries.

GRPH 251  InDesign and Typography  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

This course introduces document layout software InDesign to create page design as well as provides an introduction to the study of the letterform as a cornerstone of graphic design. In this course, students will learn the basic principles of visual concept, typography, and layout design by working on the projects such as letterhead, business cards, and brochure. It focuses on how typography and layout can be used as a communicative device as well as a graphic, compositional and expressive element. This will be accomplished through lectures, exercises, student team assignments, discussion, and exploration in and outside of the classroom. These skills are prerequisites for all those interested in transferring or for those interested working within the graphic design industries.

Prerequisite(s): GRPH 151
GRPH 281  Graphics Portfolio  3 cr.   (1 + 4)  

A course utilizing specific assignments from Digital Imagery, and InDesign and Typography to create a complete presentation package for a potential client. The student will be responsible for the development of a project from initial client interview through roughs, comps, mechanicals and dummies. Assignments identified in previous classes will be incorporated into this class so the student will develop a sense of continuity and will become familiar with all the ramifications inherent to production graphics. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): GRPH 251