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Associate in Applied Science



Graphic Design - Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Location:MCC-Penn Valley
Program coordinator:Darlene Town, 816.604.4757
Department Site:Penn Valley: Art

Course Descriptions

GDES 110 - Computers in Design I - 3.00 credits

Introduction to the computer as a design tool utilizing layout, drawing, and image-editing software. Students will learn how to use the software to design layouts, create graphics, format type, and prepare imagery for the production of Graphic Design projects. Students will also be introduced to the design principles which guide good design structure. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the software applications used.

GDES 115 - Introduction to Graphic Arts - 3.00 credits

Recommended for majors and non-majors interested in the Graphic Arts field. Introduction to the graphic arts industry, historical aspects, trends, process, production methods from design through bindery, expectations and careers in the field.

GDES 150 - Computers in Design II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 110. Advanced projects and tools are explored using the computer as a design tool utilizing layout, drawing, and image-editing software. Students develop advanced skills with the software and improved graphic design aesthetics. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign is the software used.

GDES 160 - Graphic Design I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 150 & READ 11/31 & formal acceptance into program. An introduction to the principles of the graphic design field. This includes the study of typography, layout, production methods, and career opportunities. Creative problem solving using hand tools and the computer.

GDES 210 - Graphic Design II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 160. Advanced graphic design concepts which include analyzing client needs, idea and execution processes, defining successful elements of good visual communication, defining and analyzing trends of the graphic design industry. Explore these concepts through advanced projects utilizing traditional and computer tools.

GDES 220 - Graphic Design File Preparation - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GDES 150 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment. Recommended for majors and non-majors interested in the Graphic Arts field. Introduction to the graphic arts industry, historical aspects, trends, process, production methods from design through bindery, expectations and careers in the field.

GDES 245 - Web Design - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 150. Concept and message development, design and production, publishing of web sites, visual design, color, typography, and digital graphics for the web will be stressed. Text-editing, web-authoring, and image-editing software will be used.

GDES 250 - Graphic Design III - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GEDS 210. This course will focus on advanced design problems for the crossover of print media into digital/electronic, interactive media, and other non-traditional formats as a campaign for communicating and/or promoting a message or ideas.

GDES 255 - Advanced Web Design - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 245. Advanced site management, visual design, implementing style sheets for text formatting and layout, adding media; designing with HTML/XHTML, image-editing software, Dreamweaver and Flash.

GDES 264 - Art Portfolio-Graphic Design - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 210 or concurrent enrollment. Selection and presentation of a Graphic Design portfolio along with interviewing techniques and employment searches. The student should be in last semester of the Graphic Design program.

GDES 280 - Advanced Color Correction - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 150 with a C or higher or concurrent enrollment. Advanced color correction techniques that will render any image into quality artwork ready for print production. Focus on color theory, image quality, and color calibration to achieve predictable, high quality results. Proper scanning and image capture techniques for line-art, grayscale and color originals.

GDES 290 - Graphic Design Internship - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: GDES 210. Instructor Permission Required: Students will learn job-searching skills and gain real world experience with the opportunity to utilize learned graphic design skills. The experience will involve duties associated with entry-level graphic design.

 

Last Modified: 10/26/15