Undergraduate Graphic Design +

Course Descriptions

These undergraduate courses are available for both the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

Undergraduate Addendum to the Syllabi

ART 203

Drawing I

3 sem. hrs.

Introduction to free-hand perspective drawing techniques with emphasis on line, value, and texture using still-life and landscape subject matter.

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ART 204

Drawing II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Problems in life drawing with emphasis on anatomy.

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ART 205

Introduction to Graphics Software

3 sem. hrs.

An introduction to graphics software with specific application on the Macintosh system. The focus will be on applied use of programs such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. (Extra lab fee)

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ART 211

Painting I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Application of design principles as they relate to various approaches to painting, with an emphasis on color theory. A synthesis of technique, skill development and creative expression.

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ART 212

Painting II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 203

Advanced application of design principles as they relate to various approaches to painting, with an emphasis on color theory. A synthesis of technique, skill development and creative expression.

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ART 215

Graphic Design I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 101 and 102, 205 and/or department chair approval

Introduction to graphic design practices and technology. Hands-on techniques including fabrication and presentation. Creative problem solving. Study of the printing complex. Application of computer software to graphic design problems.

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ART 216

Graphic Design II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 215

Practices of graphic design as applied to advertising, publications, and graphic communication,with emphasis on studio techniques and further incorporation of the Macintosh computer and QuarkXPress software as design tools. (Extra lab fee)

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ART 303

Drawing III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 204

Further study and experience in drawing with emphasis on stylistic development and professionalism as applied to fine arts and applied fields such as illustration.

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ART 315

Graphic Design III

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 216

Principles and practices of graphic design as applied to advertising, publications, and graphic communication with emphasis on project production and increased mastery of the computer as a tool in graphic design. Computer software emphasis on manipulation of type and vector-based objects in a drawing program (Adobe Illustrator). (Extra lab fee)

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ART 316

Graphic Design IV

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 315

Concept development and problem solving in the graphic profession; trade relationships and practices. Computer software emphasis on bitmap image-editing (Adobe Photoshop). (Extra lab fee)

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ART 403

Illustration

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 102, ART 204

Exploration of illustration techniques and their applications, with an emphasis on in-depth portfolio projects.

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ART 414

Web Design I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 205

An introduction to Web authoring software with specific application on the Macintosh system. The focus will be on applied use of website development programs with static website development.

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ART 415

Graphic Design Portfolio I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 216

Initiation of professional-level portfolio development projects in graphic design field from concept to distribution with individual flexibility for professional development. (Extra lab fee)

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ART 416

Graphic Design Portfolio II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 315

Professional-level portfolio development projects in the graphic design field from concept to distribution with individual flexibility for professional development, for completion of professional-level portfolio for assessment and career planning. Special emphasis on the synthesis of technical, functional, and aesthetic factors inherent in the graphic design process. (Extra lab fee)

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ART 420

Web Design II

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 414

An introduction to higher level web authoring software focusing on increased interactivity on the part of internet users with applied use in dynamic subscripts.


ART 481

Digital Photography I

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): Art majors only (non-art majors must receive written permission from the Chair, Department of Art)

This course is an introduction to the world of digital photography using the digital camera. Concepts and skills of basic photography with a creative approach, history of photography, lighting, composition, manipulation and color correction of images with digital software for enhancement will be covered and practiced.

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ART 485

Graphic Design Internship

3 sem. hrs.

Prerequisite(s): ART 416 for Graphic Design Majors

A period of apprenticeship or observation by arrangement with a professional business specializing in graphic design. Includes 200 hours of on-the-job experience as well as projects and assignments.

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