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CourseTitleDescription
A 115Beginning Design: 2-DBeginning theory and studio practice using the elements and principles of visual design to articulate visual ideas in the two-dimensional arts. INtroduction to the theoretical concepts of color and applicaiton of color in the principles of design.
A 116Beginning Design: 3-DBeginning theory and studio practice using the elements and principles of visual design to articulate visual ideas in three-dimensional
arts combined with an introduction to drawing systems which build skill development in describing three-dimensional space.
A 120Foundations of Digital Art & DesignIntroduction to the use of personal computers in art and visual communications. Emphasis on aesthetics and creative expression in computer generated images and layouts created with industry-standard software and a variety of input devices. Students will use current computer-imaging software to create original art in a variety of final output formats.
A 130Beginning DrawingIntroduction to drawing and composition. Practice in the application of medium. Guidance in conveying the illusion of three-dimensions and two-dimensional expression. Student drawings will be based on direct observation as well as linear perspective theory. A 199 Special Studies (1-4) Terms and hours to be arranged. Eligible for the RP grade option.
A 220Introduction to TypographyProject-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
A 262Digital Images & PhotographyProject-based course engages the critical role of digital images and photography in
contemporary visual culture. Builds skills in creative process, composition, camera and
software technique, conceptual development, and communication. Introduces theory.
Prerequisites: A 115, A 119 or A 120, A 130
A 308History of Graphic DesignContinue 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
A 320Graphic Design: Process & TheoryExploration 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 mul¬tiple media outcomes. Prerequisites: A220, (A 320 may be taken concurrently with A 220), A 262.
A 321Graphic Design: Form & CommunicationContinue 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
A 322Graphic 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
A 323Interactive 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 262, A 320 (A 320 may be taken concurrently with A 323).
A 324Interactive 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
A 326Time-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
A 327Time-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
A 328Time-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
A 329Print Design: Systems and Techniques Advanced print design problems with focus on prepress, production methods, packaging, and identity systems. Work with professional design issues including 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, the designer’s role in these relationships. Prerequisite: A 321
A 406Art 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.
A 421Print Design: Structural and Expressive Advanced issues related to typography, grid structures, image, and audience. Emphasis on investigating and interpretation of the expressive possibilities of typography, focusing on processes, personal responses, and emotive results. Prerequisite: A 322
A 422Print 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 329
A 425Interactive 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 with instructor approval. Prerequisites: A 321 and A 324
A 429Portfolio & 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. Prerequisites: A 322 or A 324 or A 327, and upper division standing

 

 

 

 

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