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  • GD-241

    Graphic Design I

    This foundation course investigates the transformation of source information (image and text) into visual equivalents that are coherent, well-organized, and effective forms of communication. Competency in the application of systems for organizing and unifying design elements is developed through exercises and projects. Creative image preparation for design application is introduced. Emphasis is placed on the ideation process. This studio and lecture-based instruction introduces and develops basic proficiency with industry standard graphic software.
  • GD-242

    Graphic Design II

    This course examines the practice of integrating image and text into coherent vehicles for communication. The principles and concepts learned in GD 241 are combined with typography and applied in layout to both page and screen. Color theory, models, and palettes are examined with digital tools. The basics of typography are examined, and focus is placed on developing an appreciation for the central role typography plays in the design of publications. An expanded design vocabulary will be built for use in intermediate-level courses. Prerequisite: GD 241 or instructor permission
  • GD-341

    Comp.Design I: Print Media

    Print media has been a primary vehicle for information distribution for centuries. The printed page continues to set the visual standard for much of contemporary media. Student designers study page layout and design by producing brochures, posters, and multiple-page spreads. The relationship of client, designer, and printer to a successful project is examined. In this studio course, students practice the finer points of typography, text handling, and page layout. Conventions in form, format, and production will be taught. Prerequisite: GD 242 or instructor permission (Please note all graphic design courses work with iBooks Author in the creation of eBook formatted materials.)
  • GD-342

    Design withTime Based Media

    Recent time-based technologies have revolutionized the designer's role expanding it to include motion graphics, digital audio and video, and interactive design. Multimedia software tools allow the designer to engage an audience in real-time choices and options. The tools to be used in this digital studio include audio samplers, editors and loop-based sequencers, digital video production and nonlinear editors, motion graphic and compositing applications, and interactive/multimedia authoring software. Basic proficiency with a scripting language will be developed to enable student designers to create fully functional interactive projects. Prerequisite: GD 341 or instructor permission
  • GD-345

    Creative Publications

    Further acquisition of skills essential for professional practice in print and multimedia design is the focus of this course. The design and production of integrated corporate materials such as annual reports, package design, and other collateral material provide student designers the vehicles used to develop these capabilities. Creative projects using digital software tools will be developed in this studio class. Project management issues are introduced and a range of tools is surveyed. Prerequisite: GD 342 or instructor permission
  • GD-346

    Senior Thesis

    Each student develops a senior thesis project in one or more media. The thesis project is a comprehensive, creative project that requires in-depth research, inventive exploration, and thoughtful resolution. Preparation of an entry-level professional portfolio is also a component of this course. The successful completion of the senior thesis is a requirement for completing the minor. Prerequisite: GD 345 or instructor permission
  • GD-347

    Design for World Wide Web

    While introducing the student to the Internet and its various protocols and services, this course focuses on the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and its HyperText Markup Language (HTML) that make the World Wide Web possible. This course provides the student with the opportunity to design documents for electronic distribution using a range of HTML page design tools. Issues of human interface design, data organization, multimedia extensions, site design, and maintenance are addressed. Course format is a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on sessions. Students should be familiar with the basics of the Macintosh and bitmapped editors such as Adobe PhotoShop before enrolling in this course.