Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
GRD301Intro to Desktop Publishing3This course teaches basic desktop publishing skills using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students learn the software tools as they produce projects like those found in the graphic design industry. Projects include photo editing and color adjusting images, drawing vector art for illustrations, and laying out pages for various print documents. Loading...
GRD305Screen Printing Methods3Students will explore the screen printing industry, develop skills and expand their knowledge by working to complete various hands-on printed projects. This course involves lecture and hands-on lab work in the areas of screen preparation, printing, finishing, and specialty images.Loading...
GRD403Communication Design I3Learn fundamental design elements and principles. Explore how to ignite your creative spark! Study color theory and learn how to follow the design process to visually communicate an idea or message to a target audience. Prerequisite: GRD 415 and GRD 459, or instructor approvalLoading...
GRD404Typography II3Advanced exploration in the application and theory of typographic principles. Students strengthen skills in systems, typographically expressive layouts and using typographic relationships by creating a dynamic grid hierarchy to organize information. Students will be expected to conceptualize and execute a variety of typographic solutions across media platforms. Prerequisite: GRD 405Loading...
GRD405Typography I3This course explores the history, structure and fundamental principles of typography as it relates to graphic design. Topics include typeface identification, study of typeface design, designing with type and typographic grid systems. Students build skills with the basic elements of typography. Prerequisite: GRD 459, or instructor approval Prerequisite or Corequisite: GRD 415 or instructor approval Loading...
GRD411Communication Design II3Use the fundamental principles and elements learned in Communication Design I as a guide to make effective design decisions. Learn how to combine images, color and type to create high-impact layouts. This course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving. Students will not receive credit for both WDV 151 and GRD 411. Prerequisite: GRD 403Loading...
GRD414Illustration II3Unleash your creativity with a complete digital art studio: Corel Painter software and a pressure-sensitive graphics tablet. Unlimited undos allow you to experiment quickly and affordably with the creative possibilities made possible by a wide range of art tools: felt pens, ink, charcoal, chalk, airbrush, watercolors, acrylics and oils. The skills learned will apply to a wide range of Graphic Design and fine art applications as you use industry-relevant media, techniques and software. Prerequisite: GRD 410 or permission of instructorLoading...
GRD415InDesign I3This course combines basic desktop publishing skills with the specifics of how to use Adobe InDesign to create visual communications. You will learn page layout tools as you are introduced to the software interface. This course teaches the fundamentals, basic commands and procedures used to create professional documents.Loading...
GRD419Lettering and Sign Art2The study of traditional letter forms, typography, hand lettering skills and design principles for the production of posters, signs, logos and other graphic images.Loading...
GRD421Internship Preparation3This class will help students prepare for graphic design jobs and internships. The class will explore current industry needs and skills required. Resources will be developed for use in the interview process. These will include print (physical) and digital portfolio, resume and other forms of communication. Students will be expected to apply for internship interviews. Loading...
GRD424Graphic Design Internship3Internship is an opportunity to work in a Graphic Design environment under the guidance of a design professional. In this course, you'll work toward securing an internship that will provide you with the experiences you need to succeed in your career. Prerequisite: instructor approvalLoading...
GRD426Communication Design III3Combine creativity with critical thinking skills to design expressive, compelling and thought-provoking graphic design solutions. Analyze creative briefs and learn to collaborate with others to solve visual communication design challenges. Prerequisite: GRD 411.Loading...
GRD430InDesign II3Adobe InDesign is the page layout application of choice for many designers. It contains a host of advanced layout features not found in any other application. Now you can centralize your workflow by integrating seamlessly with the other Adobe applications. In this course you will learn about advanced application features necessary to the design professional. Prerequisite: GRD 415Loading...
GRD432Intro to Digital Publishing3This hands-on course is an introduction to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and other electronic publishing methods. Students use Adobe InDesign to produce electronic publications such as PDF, ePubs and DPS interactive documents. Prerequisites: GRD 415, GRD 430, and WDV 101; or instructor approvalLoading...
GRD437Communication Design IV3Blend creativity and technology with advanced-level problem-solving and research strategies to create effective multichannel design solutions. Prerequisite: GRD 426 and GRD 430 Loading...
GRD448Airbrush I3The airbrush is a versatile tool, making it easy to paint images for graphic design illustration. In this beginning class you will learn the skills needed to paint airbrush illustrations. This will include proper care for your equipment, drawing and painting skills like freehand, masking and stencil techniques while using a dual action airbrush.Loading...
GRD450Airbrush II3Continue your study of the airbrush as a tool used to create illustrations for graphic design. In this intermediate class you will build on skills learned in Airbrush I by adding advanced techniques in painting and rendering. This class will include learning how to paint projects like portraits in black, white and color, rendering vehicles and rendering fur or hair on mammals. Prerequisite: GRD 448Loading...
GRD452Airbrush III3Create custom automotive illustrations as you continue your study of the airbrush. In this advanced class you will build on skills learned in Airbrush I and II. This class will add techniques of painting and rendering on metal surfaces. You will learn how to paint special effects such as flames, fire and graphics. Prerequisite: GRD 450Loading...
GRD459Illustrator3Explore Adobe Illustrator's extensive toolbox and menu commands in a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab. Experiment with explosive color while discovering a variety of techniques using Illustrator's powerful drawing tools.Loading...
GRD462Computer Graphics II3Students will learn the tools and workflow necessary to create a website from the initial visual design and user interface to going live on the web. Students will use industry-standard software to create web pages, optimize images and generate HTML and JavaScript. This course includes instruction and practice creating media-rich animation and web pages with Macromedia Flash. Prerequisite: Permission of instructorLoading...
GRD463Photoshop3Adobe Photoshop is the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine. Gain a solid foundation of basic functions to create and enhance visually dynamic images in a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab.Loading...
GRD464Digital Artistry3Learn the hottest tips, tricks and techniques to create eye-catching digital illustrations by combining the best of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Use advanced level methods to create stellar artwork that will leave others saying "WOW!" Prerequisite: GRD 459, 463Loading...
GRD4653D Modeling and Texturing3During this course, students will learn various advanced software techniques and pipelines to create, model, and texture organic (character) 3d models. Prerequisite: GRD 439 , Prerequisite: GRD 483.Loading...
GRD470Interactive Media I3Learn a professional workflow using Dreamweaver and other software to create a website from the initial visual design to going "live" on the web. This class focuses on the workflow and the skills needed in each software package to get your site actually up and running on the web. Prerequisite: GRD 463 or instructor permission Loading...
GRD471Interactive Media II3This hands-on course teaches how the pros plan, design, and produce complete websites using professional web authoring and site management software. Learn to use database- driven Open Source Content Management Systems such as WordPress as well as Dreamweaver, and other software. Prerequisite: GRD 470 Loading...
GRD475After Effects Compositing3During this course students will learn advance techniques for creating graphic images animating with Adobe After Effects. Students will also make specific procedural textures for building complex mapping materials for 3d programs. Prerequisite: GRD 473.Loading...
GRD477Storyboarding and Scriptwriting3Students will learn the skills needed to translate simple and complex ideas into narrative visual sequences executed through drawing, motion, and/or animated media. Students will also examine story development to create meaningful plots, characters, and scripts for various media types.Loading...
GRD479Digital Audio3In this course, students will learn a fundamental overview of audio equipment and software. Through demonstrations, exercises, and projects, students will create audio assets while learning various audio processes and procedures.Loading...
GRD484Premiere/Video Editing I3A fundamental overview of the practices and software commonly used in the video editing industry. Through demonstrations, exercises and projects, students will learn editing and software techniques while creating various video assets.Loading...
GRD489Capstone Group Project3Students will work closely together as a team to produce a short, high-quality 3D animation piece. The team will collaborate together, developing the story’s idea, characters, script, audio, visual design, and final animation piece. This course exposes students to a collaborative team environment while mirroring an industry production team, and generating high-quality visual assets. Prerequisite: GRD 487.Loading...
GRD491Demo Reel Production3Throughout the course, students will develop a short story, create assets for their graduation demo-reel. Following a production pipeline, students will develop, present, and refine their ideas, render storyboards and animatics, design and create 3d models and sets, and prepare assets for animation. Prerequisite: GRD 487.Loading...
GRD494Animation Capstone5Students will work closely together as a team to produce a short, high-quality 3D animation piece. The team will collaborate together, developing the story?s idea, characters, script, audio, visual design, and final animation piece. This course exposes students to a collaborative team environment while mirroring an industry production team, and generating high-quality visual assets. Prerequisite: GRD 487.Loading...
GRD900Field Studies Graphic Design5This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to experience the fields of graphic design both inside and outside of a typical classroom setting. Students will learn software skills, photo editing, illustration and page layout, used in the industry. Students will then apply principles and elements of effective graphic design in an industry setting.Loading...