Degrees and Certificates
Graphic Design,Advanced Certificate
Graphic Design,Associate in Science
Foundations of Graphic Design,Certificate
In Design Software Essentials, students cover the necessary functions of Photoshop and Illustrator. These are the two major 2D image creation and editing software. These programs form the foundation of digital imaging in both print screen and video graphics. Students will learn through several lab assignments that cover pixel manipulation, composing, adjusting, and resizing in Photoshop. In Illustrator, students will learn how to properly and efficiently manipulate vectors; how to create and use color properly, and finally how to efficiently output vector images for screen or print. Concepts learned in this course carry over into animation, motion graphics, 3D design, and more.
In this course students will be given projects that will incorporate all aspects of graphic design. Focused study, exploring the branding process from the ground up, using the principles and elements of design, color theory, typography and layout, students will learn the methods of visual identity, branding, moving images, and web development. Students are introduced to visual communication strategies, communication theory, and the message of language in design, through issues of form, color, texture, hierarchy, imagery, animated movement, typography and narrative, learning how to harness these elements to communicate concepts clearly, effectively and expressively.
This course teaches the necessary skills to develop layouts for both page and screen publications. Industry standards and practices will be discussed, while developing layouts using grids, typography, color theories, and basic design principles.
This course introduces the fundamental principles of expression through movement in time, sequential composition editing, and image sequence and as well as sound integration, editing and story structure using current digital software. Students explore the techniques and software to incorporate illustrations and graphics into moving animated designs in both 2D and 3D using Blender, Photoshop, and other current software for gaming designs. Students develop sketches for a series of short projects to apply basic animation principles.