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Graphic Arts and Design (GAD)
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The Graphic Arts & Design certificate will prepare students to perform a variety of computerized visual communication activities, from an artists’ perspective, for the purpose of influencing consumer, commerce, and social behavior. The program provides a robust curriculum of conceptual problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and formal design. Emphasis is placed on branding and marketing strategies. Particular areas of study encompass typography, print and editorial design, branding and identity, information design, packaging, computer animation as well as production and presentation skills.

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Semester 1
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FA2014
SP2015
ART 1113
Introduction to Drawing
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This course is a foundation for all areas of art. Instruction will be in basic drawing techniques, media use and concepts. The course is designed to provide a survey of the extent and nature of drawing and to broaden the student's appreciation and skills in drawing.

GAD 1201
Computer Graphic Fundamentals
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The course introduces the individual to graphic design using the computer. This course develops a technical understanding of how the operating system and design software interact to influence the development of computer art from a visual perspective. Further emphasis is placed on developing a fundamental understanding of industry standards, page layout, illustration, and photo alteration software (e. g. PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop). PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE:ART 1113 Introduction to Drawing.

GAD 1211
Computer Graphic Applications
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The course focuses on developing design and production skills for printed publications. Students will use industry-standard digital tools to efficiently and accurately create 2D graphic elements and content. Basic visual design and production techniques are covered, including typography, vector-based graphics, and approaches to corporate identity and branding. Further, students will attain advanced skills with Photoshop's tool sets, techniques, capabilities and commands. Emphasis will be placed on making accurate selections, creating digital composites, working with contrast and color control/correction and layers, and developing professional skills needed for the digital print imaging industry. PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE:ART 1114 Design I.

Term Total
9
Semester 2
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SP2015
ART 1114
Design I
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Design I is a comprehensive study of the visual elements and principles involved in organizing two-dimensional space. Studio work will enable the student to create solutions to visual design problems in several areas of the design field. A variety of materials and methods will be used to facilitate this study.

GAD 1221
Computer Graphic Techniques
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The course focuses on advanced visual communication using computer graphics to produce advertising and layout designs for complex publications, including web publishing. Students will also study the history of advertising, media types, and advertising strategies. Emphasis is placed on attaining a good grasp of design concepts, creativity, effective problem solving, and presentation through lecture, presentation, in-class assignments, a research project, and outside class work. Work will be based on mastering hand skills in the form of sketches and layout and design. Computer skills will be perfected in the areas of design work on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop using scanners and color printers. Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash will be introduced to facilitate web design and simple logo animation. PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE:GAD 1211 Computer Graphic Applications.

GAD 1231
Computer Animation
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This course focuses on the fundamentals of designing, authoring and producing many types of interactive user experiences including interface design, usability, navigation, flowcharting, interaction and animation. Students will use Flash as both a content creation and production tool. Further, the student will be introduced to the fundamentals of 3D modeling, lighting and texture using Maya/Foundation. Theory and production of animated 2D graphics for time-based media environments; concept, research, design and pre-production routines for motion graphics projects; focus on the animation typography, graphic objects and still images is heavily emphasized. Finally, the student will produce a time-based graphics and typography for end-use as film/video title and credit sequences, commercials, short-form video-based stories, web banners and experimental motion graphics. PREREQUISITE/CO-REQUISITE:GAD 1211 Computer Graphic Applications.

Term Total
9
Program Total
18


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