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Visual Communication Design

VCD Course Descriptions


A220 Introduction to Typography Project-oriented studio course introducing typographical forms and the role of type in visual design and communication. Learn typographic terminology and techniques for effective use of type. Create design projects in which aesthetic considerations and page structures support content. Introduction to additive color theory, process color, page construction software, and printing processes. Prerequisites: A115, A130


A222 Digital Images Emphasizes formal, aesthetic, and conceptual practices of image making using digital media. Includes experience with a range of processes and software functions. Provides essential foundations for coursework in upper-division design and digital art. Explores new media theory and its application to image construction and expression. Prerequisite: A 115, A 130, A 119


A260 Basic Photography This course approaches photography as a universal language of contemporary visual culture as well as an artistic medium. Introduces digital camera techniques, photographic composition, digital photo editing, image sequences, and digital color printing processes. Addresses key topics in current and historical photographic practices. Prerequisite: A115


A320 Graphic Design: Process & Theory Exploration of visual communication methods and approaches to help students bring together message, meaning, and form. Employ type and layout principles, image-making concepts, and design processes in visual/verbal communications with mul­tiple media outcomes. Prerequisites: A116, A 119, A220, A 222, A260


A321 Graphic Design:  Form & Communication Continue work with images, symbols, and their operation in applied print design problems. Consider messages and audience to understand how to position visual communications. Design for multiple page communications using typographic structures, rhythm, and visual flow. Prerequisites: A260, A 320


A322 Graphic Design:  Contemporary Issues Exploration of professional design issues, including creating visual and verbal systems for a project with multiple presentation outcomes, executing projects professionally as a team, designing appropriately for audience and client, awareness and presentation of your role in the design process and your contribution to the design solution. Prerequisite: A 321


A323 Interactive Media: Web Structure and Communication This project-based course examines cultural and aesthetic aspects of the World Wide Web. Students respond to course information by designing websites and hypermedia art. Focuses on visual layout, information architecture, interface design, and graphic artwork for the Internet. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Prerequisite: A 220, A 222, A 320 (A 320 may be taken concurrently with A 323)


A324 Interactive Media: Applied Students design digital interactive communications and hypermedia art considering an expanding range of concepts, strategies, devices, and media. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Primarily Internet-related. Prerequisite: A 320, A 323


A325 Interactive Media: Contemporary Issues Course examines special topics at the intersection of art, design, and technology. Students create interactive digital communications and art. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. May be repeated for credit upon instructor's approval. Prerequisite: A 321, A 324


A326 Time-Based Media: Video Develop techniques for planning and creating time-based digital communications and art. Use design processes and aesthetic awareness in creative digital motion and video projects. Generate and refine concepts. Work with issues of idea development, audience, message, continuity, and narrative. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Prerequisite: A 222, A 260

 

A327 Time-Based Media: Animation Develop techniques for planning and creating time-based digital communications and art. Use design processes and aesthetic awareness in creative digital motion and animation projects. Generate and refine concepts. Continue to work with issues of idea development, audience, message, continuity, and narrative. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Prerequisite: A 326


A328 Time-Based Media: Contemporary Issues Continue to develop and apply skills in the creation of projects reflecting contemporary practices in time-based visual communications and art. Continue to work with issues of idea development, audience, message, continuity, and narrative. Focus on conceptual development, technical proficiencies, and aesthetic awareness. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. May be repeated for credit upon instructor’s approval. Prerequisite: A 327


A406W Art History Special Topics – History of Graphic Design This survey course will examine the History of Graphic Design. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and describe major designers, their work, and specific design movements. Illustration, and other media, will be discussed as they relate to the field of Graphic Design.


A420 Print Design: Systems & Techniques Work with professional design issues, such as: creating visual and verbal systems for a project with multiple presentation outcomes, executing projects professionally, preparing projects to go to press, designing appro­priately for audience and client, and the designer’s role in these relationships. Prerequisite: A 322


A421 Print Design: Expressive & Structural Design With the increased understanding of professional practices in design, students explore more demanding is­sues related to typography, image, and audience. Emphasis on investigation and interpretation in the expres­sive possibilities of typography, focusing on processes, personal responses, and emotive results. Prerequi­site: A 420


A422 Print Design: Presentation & Contemporary Issues Students will build awareness of current designers and what it means to be a graphic designer today. Stu­dents will analyze, conduct research, and expand upon previously completed work, as well as continue with new design projects. Discussions and projects will explore solutions beyond traditional print and screen ap­plications. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: A 421


A429 Portfolio & Professional Preparation Preparation for professional practice in visual communication design. Career strategies, professional ethics, business practices, and preparation for portfolio presentation. Capstone experience for visual communica­tion design students includes oral presentation of each student’s portfolio. Prerequisite: A 322 or A324 or A 327, upper division standing

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