Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
GRD301Intro to Desktop Publishing3Find out for yourself if the Mac does what a PC does, only better! This course uses the world's most advanced operating system to introduce you to a suite of graphic design industry standard software. Learn basic digital illustration, imaging and page layout techniques in a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab.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 415 and GRD 459, or instructor approvalLoading...
GRD408Intro to Rich Media2A recommended overview class for all Rich Media and Animation courses. This course explores the history, structure, terminology, and fundamental visual communication principles as they relate to the Rich Media and Animation industry. Research, participation, and creativity are encouraged throughout various lectures, exercises, and student activities.Loading...
GRD410Illustration I3Expand and refine your creative drawing skills using traditional materials and the leading digital painting software, Corel Painter. Digital painting allows you to experiment with the creative possibilities of a wide range of art tools - felt pens, ink, charcoal, chalk, airbrush, watercolors, acrylics and oils - quickly and affordably. The skills learned will apply to a wide range of Graphic Design applications as you use industry-relevant media, techniques and software.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 Preparation3Are you the best candidate for the job? Learn how to prepare for a successful interview that will land you the graphic design internship job you want. Plan an effective job search strategy by developing the right materials: a resume, cover letter and portfolio. This course will identify real-world workplace behavior and expectations.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, 430, 471.Loading...
GRD439Digital Asset Production3Learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create digital assets for use in rich media and animation content. Explore the essential tools, processes, and functions to create vector and raster art.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...
GRD453Illustration for Animation3An overview into the important foundation that drawing plays in the field of animation. Learn how light and shadow affect form and depth. Practice techniques to construct believable and consistent forms. Study motion, and create illustrations that visually communicate ideas and motion. Prerequisite: GRD 410.Loading...
GRD4552D Animation3In this course, students will learn traditional 2d animation techniques to produce various hand-drawn motion sequences. Students will apply The Animation Principles and produce multiple skill-based projects, before creating a final, animated capstone piece. Prerequisite: GRD 453.Loading...
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...
GRD467After Effects Motion Graphics3During this course, students will learn fundamental techniques for creating motion graphic animations using Adobe After Effects. Through demonstrations, exercises, and projects, students will learn software techniques and processes while creating motion graphic animations. Prerequisite: GRD 439.Loading...
GRD470Interactive Media I3Learn a professional workflow using Fireworks, Flash and Dreamweaver to create a website from the initial visual design to going live on the web. Going beyond just teaching software, this course focuses on the workflow and the skills needed in each software package to get your site up and running on the web. Prerequisite: GRD 463 or instructor permissionLoading...
GRD471Interactive Media II3Interactive Media II aligns with the Adobe Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design curriculum and is the second of two semesters. A personal capstone project is created, allowing students to refine key communication skills in design, communication, project management and web technology using Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Prerequisite: GRD 470Loading...
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...
GRD483Intro to Autodesk 3dsMax3A fundamental overview of the 3d software commonly used in the visual entertainment industry. Through demonstrations, exercises and projects, students will learn software techniques and pipelines while creating various 3d assets.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...
GRD485Animation 13Students will explore the History of Animation, examine the Animator's various responsibilities in production, and evaluate common production terms. Students will learn and demonstrate an understanding of the Principles of Animation through 2d and 3d animation studies and exercises. Prerequisites: GRD 483.Loading...
GRD487Animation 23Focus on Character Animation. Students will examine body mechanics, keyframing techniques, and further apply the Principles of Animation to craft emotional animation performances. Prerequisite: GRD 485.Loading...
GRD488Intro to Cinema 4D3Overview course of Maxon?s Cinema 4D software, a 3d application used within the motion-graphics and animation industry. This course will focus on the fundamental knowledge needed to create assets for motion-graphic animations. Through demonstrations, exercises, and projects, students will learn software techniques and technical pipelines while creating various 3d and animation assets. Prerequisite: GRD 467 , Prerequisite: GRD 485.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...
GRD490Intro to Autodesk Maya Anim3An overview course Autodesk Maya, with a specialized focus on the fundamental knowledge needed to create character animations. Application of the Animation Principles will be applied to a character development workflow. 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...
GRD492Animation Demo Reel Prod6Throughout 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...