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Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Video, Photography, Web Design, and Illustration

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ART Class Descriptions

ART118 Digital Design and Color

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Introduces the basic principles of design, visual perception, and organization of visual elements in works of art and design. Focuses on digital design and color.

Offered as needed.

ART207 Graphic Design Literacy

4 class/wk, 4 cr.

Explores the historical and cultural underpinnings of graphic art and design and brings a holistic presentation of graphic design history from the pre-historic to the present. Examines how culturally based assumptions influence perceptions, behaviors, and issues.

ART221 Graphic Design 1: Icons and Symbols

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Applies the principles and elements of design to the process of creating solutions to graphic design challenges with an emphasis on icons and symbols.

Prerequisite: ART115, ART116 and ART131; demonstrated ability to work with vector graphic software or consent of instructor. F

ART222 Graphic Design 2: Logo Design

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Builds on the concepts learned in ART221 with an emphasis on logo design and branding.

Prerequisite: ART221. W

ART223 Graphic Design 3: Package Design

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Builds on the concepts learned in ART221 and ART222. Continues exploration of graphic design with advanced projects emphasizing package design.

Prerequisite: ART222. Sp

ART224 Type Design 1

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Introduces the study of typography and its importance in the design of visual communications.

Prerequisite: VC111 and VC114, or consent of instructor. W

ART225 Type Design 2

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Continues the study of letterforms and typography as a design element in visual communications.

Prerequisite: ART224. Sp

ART237 Photo Illustration

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Adds digital imaging and manipulation to traditional photographic skills in the study of photo illustration for print or Web design.

Prerequisite: ART265 and VC130 or equivalent. W

ART238 Introduction to Illustration

2 class and 2 lab hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Introduces traditional illustration techniques. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Prerequisite: ART131. F, Offered as needed.

ART239 Introduction to Digital Illustration

2 class and 2 lab hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Introduces the basics of digital illustration. Course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

Prerequisite: ART221, or VC139, or demonstrated experience in vector graphics software and PhotoShop. W

ART240 Advanced Digital Illustration

2 class and 2 lab hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Offers advanced instruction in techniques and content of digital illustration. Course may be repeated for a total of six credits.

Prerequisite: ART239 or consent of instructor. Sp

ART261 General Photography

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Introduces 35mm black and white photography. Includes the history of contemporary photography, use of camera equipment, correct exposure calibrations, film processing, darkroom techniques, and presentation of enlargements.

F, W, Sp, Su

ART261D General Photography: Digital

2 class and 2 lab hrs/wk, 3 cr.

Introduces digital photography camera handling, editing, and printing of digital images. Covers important photographic themes and composition.

Offered as needed.

ART262 Intermediate Photography

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Introduces technical photography including studio lighting for portraits and product work, color, photojournalism, and art direction.

Prerequisite: ART261. Sp, Offered as needed.

ART265 Digital Photography

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Investigates digital photography stressing competent SLR camera handling. Emphasizes exposure control, digital management, image editing, printing and presentation. Examines important photographic themes, lighting, and composition.

F, W, Sp

ART266 Studio Photography

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Introduces studio lighting for portraits and product photography, color, and art direction.

Prerequisite: ART265. Sp

ART267 Portrait Photography

2 class and 4 lab hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Explores a variety of techniques and approaches to portraiture. Includes making formal, informal, environmental, and group portraits using studio lighting, location lighting and available light. Incorporates digital printing and professional practices.

ART268 Documentary Photography

4 class hrs/wk, 4 cr.

Covers photographic concepts and aesthetics of documentary photography. Includes the development of a photo essay; story-telling through an edited series of images with effectively-captioned images and well-crafted written essays that support and enhance documentary photo projects.