Seminar Descriptions Graphic Design

All courses are taught by practicing professionals. Instructors will facilitate the seminar with the perspective of their professional métier.

COLB 101 Collaboration Studio 1

Students in the class work together to create design solutions for a real client. Clients are often local nonprofits. Skills for working in a team are honed through application by solving design problems that will require both team and individual solutions for collateral pieces in a chosen design campaign. Skills for interfacing with a client and taking design notes are practiced. Learn about design briefs, target audiences, and concepts. Gain basics for design fundamentals in the areas of materials, layout, typography, color, photography and illustration. Gain experience with the process of critique. Get a taste for how the real design world works. Build a foundation for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

CRID 101 Creative Identity

Identify and begin to define a personal creative process. This will be done through journaling, learning to maintain an active sketchbook and identifying other means of documenting creative thought and inspiration. Gain self- confidence in being a creative. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

ADIL 101 Adobe Illustrator

Gain an overview of Adobe Illustrator. Lean how to create and edit vectors. Discover what types of projects are best accomplished with Illustrator. Learn to use Illustrator’s tools through mini projects. Gain technical confidence and develop speed by learning commonly used shortcuts. Portfolio goal: 2 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

PRPR 101 Professional Practice for Freelance

Gain the basics of being a freelance graphic designer. Topics covered include estimating a design project, drafting a contract, scheduling and billing a client. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24 Prerequisite: None.

DEST 101 Design Studio 1

Students work with a real design client of their choice while being mentored by their instructor. This studio provides an opportunity to focus design research and development on an industry of personal interest. Practice making a design brief. Gain experience using a contract. Practice defining a target audience. Learn to ask clients about goals for their design product. Practice composing with the elements of design; line, shape, materials, color, photos, illustrations, and typography. Develop the ability to design with a concept in mind. Learn the value of consistency across collateral. Gain confidence with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

ADPH 101 Adobe Photoshop

Gain an overview of Adobe Photoshop. Lean how to create and edit rasters. Discover what types of projects are best accomplished with Photoshop. Learn to use Photoshop’s tools through mini projects. Gain technical confidence and develop speed by learning commonly used shortcuts. Portfolio goal: 2 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

WEBD 101 Web Design 1

Learn the basics of HTML and CSS. Gain experience by building a website. Establish a conceptual and technical understanding of how websites are designed and built. Learn to customize and build an entire website using a WordPress template and HTML/CSS. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

DEHI 101 Design History

Gain a foundation in the history of graphic design using the text, Meggs’ History of Graphic Design. Learn historical context of illustration, color, type and style. Practice applying the knowledge to inform aesthetic decisions. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

COLB 102 Collaboration Studio 2

Students in the class work together a second time to create design solutions for a real client. Clients are often local nonprofits. Skills for working in a team are honed through application by solving design problems that will require both team and individual solutions for collateral pieces in a chosen design campaign. Skills for interfacing with a client and taking design notes are practiced. Learn about design briefs, target audiences, and concepts. Gain basics for design fundamentals in the areas of materials, layout, typography, color, photography and illustration. Gain experience with critique and how the real design world works. Build a foundation for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

ADIN 101 Adobe InDesign

This seminar provides an overview of Adobe InDesign. Learn how to create and edit multiple page documents. Discover what types of projects are best accomplished with InDesign. Learn to use InDesign’s tools through mini projects. Gain technical confidence and develop speed by learning commonly used shortcuts. Portfolio goal: 2 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

PRPR 102 Professional Practice for Employees

Working in an office environment as a designer takes a specific skill set. Gain insight about office etiquette, communication and dress. Learn the importance of office relationships, networking and confidentiality. Research what employers are looking for through interviewing practicing professionals. Practice organization, time management and prioritizing projects. Develop an understanding of the graphic design job market and career ladder. Begin to set your sights on a career goal in a desired niche of graphic design. Learn to research cost of living. Practice negotiating salaries and benefits. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

DRAW 101 Drawing 1

Develop drawing skills, both on paper and on the computer. By studying both past and present drawings learn how the masters communicated ideas. Learn various techniques for creating light and shadow. Learn to apply the principles of perspective. An easy to carry sketchbook will be kept for the duration of the course. Learn to use pencil, vine charcoal, or Wacom tablet, to manifest ideas. Utilize Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for the digital drawing. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

DEST 102 Design Studio 2

This studio provides a second opportunity to focus design research and development on an industry of personal interest. Students work with a real design client of their choice while being mentored by their instructor. Practice making a design brief. Gain experience using a contract. Practice defining a target audience. Learn to ask clients about goals for their design product. Compose with the elements of design; line, shape, materials, color, photos, illustrations, and typography. Develop the ability to design with a concept in mind. Learn the value of consistency across collateral. Gain confidence with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: None.

DIPH 101 Digital Photography 1

Learn how to use a 35mm camera. Practice planning, shooting and composing images for ads, websites and books. Finally, learn to take your images into Adobe Photoshop to prepare them for print or web use. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisites: None.

PADE 101 Package Design

Practice the steps of developing and designing a package. Learn packaging vocabulary and technical specifications through hands-on, in-studio work. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisites: ADIL 101, ADPH 101.

TYPE 101 Typography

Students learn the nuances of typography by designing a typeface. Learn letter anatomy and discover the subtleties that evoke history, technology and voice. Learn to see the line and spaces around letters and words. Practice bringing together the visual of the formed letter with what needs to be communicated. Learn established type principles and rules and then innovate based on what has been proven by the past. Portfolio goal: 2 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: ADIL 101.

THES 101 Thesis Studio 1

A capstone project in a desired niche of graphic design is designed and developed. Work with a real design client is initiated. A specified target audience and concept is determined. Command design fundamentals, materials, layout, typography, color, photography and illustration like a design professional. Research is practiced. Schedules and budgets are created. There will be both a written portion and a physical manifestation of the final project. This is the first half of this two part, 24-week seminar. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: DEST 102.

PDEV 101 Portfolio Development 1

Develop a physical portfolio. Learn to strategically sequence, group and organize your work. Research various cases and containers for holding samples. Develop a resume, business card and leave-behind piece with your personal brand. At the end of the twelve weeks a mock-interview is scheduled and portfolio is reviewed by a working professional. This is the first half of this two part, 24-week studio. Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: DEST 102.

COLR 101 Color Study

Learn color theory through the life research of Josef Albers. Learn to work with the interaction of color and apply it to real design projects and clients.Portfolio goal: 1 piece. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: TYPE 101

THES 102 Thesis Studio 2

Work continues and is completed on a capstone project in a desired niche of graphic design. Work with a real design client is at a midpoint. Target audience and concept solutions are narrowed. Materials, layout, typography, color, photography and illustration gain a direction. Research is completed. Schedules and budgets are revised as needed. Written summation of the work and a physical manifestation are completed. This is the final half of this two part, 24- week seminar. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Classroom hours: 24. Prerequisite: THES 101

PDEV 102 Portfolio Development 2

Develop an online portfolio. Refine the physical portfolio. Apply suggestions from the review to strategically sequence, group and organize your work. Refine resume, business card and leave-behind piece with feedback from review. At 6 weeks into the seminar a second mock-interview is scheduled and portfolio is reviewed again by the first reviewer. It is encouraged that the student set up a second mock interview with a second industry professional. This is the second half of this two part, 24-week studio. Finally, all portfolio reviews should be completed by week 11. At week 11 there will be a final faculty review of the portfolio, resume and student. A faculty vote will determine if the portfolio is industry ready and if it will be featured at graduation. Portfolio goal: An interview-ready portfolio and student Classroom Hours: Independent Study. Classroom Hours: Independent Study. Prerequisite: PDEV 101

INTERN Internship

15 to 20 hours per week for 12 weeks working in a professional design setting. Portfolio goal: 3 pieces. Prerequisite: None.


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