This course provides a basic introduction to graphic design. It emphasizes creative problem-solving through the use of thumbnail and rough sketches.
This course introduces basic graphic design computer skills. Students use bitmap and vector software to implement design solutions. Professionals in the field choose the software based on current trends. The course also includes computer operations, scanning, and printing.
This course introduces type history, terminology, specifications, and design as applied to print. Students apply fundamental criteria to select and use typefaces and fonts.
Students combine typography and imagery to create one-page, multi-panel, basic multi-page, and large-format layouts.
This course covers the history of graphic design from the invention of writing to the digital age.
This course introduces basic web design skills and topics. Students learn the basics of writing XHTML and CSS codes as well as the basics of Dreamweaver. They also learn about website navigation and standard web graphics formats.
This course covers advanced topics in Dreamweaver, CSS, HTML, navigation, and interactivity. It also covers design solutions made possible by back-end, data-base driven websites.
This course is an overview of the printing industry and its relevance to the graphic designer. It explores printing processes and their limitations and discusses pre-press, press, and post-press operations. Students learn about paper and its specifications. Students also learn how to make folding dummies. An important part of this class is the tours of local printing companies.
Students learn the basic operation of Adobe InDesign publishing software. They work through a series of projects starting with simple functions and work up to complex tasks using the software's tools and features. The course also covers word processing for desktop publishing and creating graphics files for printing purposes.
This course presents challenges in the design of packages and the 3-D graphic design process. It emphasizes material selection, fabrication, and structural design.
This course covers techniques and challenges related to technical and pictorial illustration. It also emphasizes media variety.
This advanced course explores typographic concepts that integrate advanced design philosophies. Students examine type as both an analytical and structured medium, as well as a metaphorical element.
This course covers the design and production of multi-page printed publications. It covers a variety of formats ranging from mass media to special interest.
This course covers branding and identity design. It emphasizes symbolism, conveying ideas through abstract imagery, and creating elements of a brand identity.
This course covers information design. It emphasizes analyzing verbal and statistical data, and best approaches to translating data into graphic formats that are both functional and aesthetically engaging. The course also covers wayfinding and usability.
This is the GCAD capstone course. Students create a comprehensive final portfolio by revising projects from previous design courses and/or creating new work. The course also covers job-seeking skills specific to the design profession and requires students to create an identity suitable for job-seeking.
This course permits instruction in special content areas not included in other Graphic Communication Arts and Design courses.
This course consists of on-the-job experience at an approved work site under the direct supervision of a professional who has a degree in graphic design. Each student spends a minimum of 15 hours per week working with professionals. Students apply practical knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in the work setting. Other experiences include attending staff meetings and becoming familiar with client communications, deadlines, and budgets. Students may work closely with designers or be given independent projects to complete. Based on state guidelines, students must complete 40 hours of work for each credit hour. NOTE: Previous on-the-job training or work experience may not be applied to fulfill the requirements of this course.