This program is designed to prepare students to use computers in combination with text, graphics and various software programs to produce professional quality publications, illustrations and Web-related technology for print, film and animation. A strong focus of the program will be graphic design and page layout. Students completing this degree will be prepared for employment in advertising agencies, reproduction firms, Web-related enterprises and publishing firms as graphic designers, illustrators and desktop publishers.
|DIG2000||Introduction to Digital Media|
This course explores the avenues of contemporary digital design, highlighting the importance of process, innovation and communication. Students will become familiar with design projects ranging from traditional print, sophisticated websites, interactive digital media and motion graphics. The course will focus on developing and refining the design concept and the execution strategy. Lab fee required.
|DIG2109C||Digital Imaging Fundamentals|
This course is an introduction to the concepts and principles of digital imaging and the tools and techniques of image capture, creation, manipulation and integration of still images. Students will understand composition, layout, color theory, image capture and output using industry-standard software. Lab fee required.
|DIG2302C||3D Modeling and Animation I|
This course is designed to teach beginning level 3D animation for digital media. Emphasis will be placed on viewing the world in three dimensions as opposed to a single flat plane and training the eye to see shape instead of line. It will allow students to comprehend fully visual concepts such as light and shadow, foreshortening, color recognition and modeling techniques. Other topics include NURBS vs. polygons, texturing, lighting, rendering and keyframe animation. Lab fee required.
|DIG2500C||Fundamentals of Interactive Design|
This course covers the foundations of interactive media including user-interface design concept, optimization/performance issues, resources and tools. Students combine audio, video, imaging, animation and other media formats to construct an interactive product using industry-standard software. Lab fee required.
This course prepares students for professional situations through the creation of individual demo reels, resumes, websites and portfolios by emphasizing business structure. Topics such as studio hierarchy, production bidding, media distribution and professional growth will be included to highlight many of the important aspects of business in order for students to attain and sustain a professional career. Lab fee required.
This course includes the design and preparation of websites including the Web home page. Focus is from a graphics point of view and emphasis is on the importance of web page design and layout. The course is taught using various software programs. Basics of HTML for the Web will be introduced. Lab fee required.
|GRA2151C||Vector Graphics I Using Adobe Illustrator|
This course is designed for beginning Adobe Illustrator users. Fundamental concepts and features are introduced and applied to a variety of graphics applications. The world of vector graphics and professional illustrations is entered, explored and applied to a variety of graphic endeavors. Lab fee required.
|GRA2201||Bitmap Graphics I|
This course is an introduction to Photoshop software which provides an extensive variety of electronic tools for manipulating photographs and creating illustrations. The course is designed for the graphics individual who wishes to integrate photography with page layouts. Students will learn the basics of scanning, retouching, color correcting, proofing and output to printer devices. Lab fee required.
|GRA2931||Selected Studies in Computer Graphics|
In this course topics of current interest are presented in group instruction.
|GRA2121||Digital Publishing I|
This course is designed to teach the concepts, terminology and principles of desktop publishing/electronic publishing using QuarkXPress. The student will develop the skills necessary to create publications containing text and graphics. Lab fee required.
|GRA2122||Digital Publishing II|
This is an advanced course in page layout software. Designed to teach advanced techniques and principles of digital publishing to assist students in gaining stronger creative control and improved production capabilities. Students create publications displaying multi-faceted integration of sophisticated text and graphic techniques. Emphasis will focus on the development of long-page publications and Internet connectivity. Lab fee required.
|GRA2124||Layout and Design|
This course is a foundation to computer-aided digital publishing. It will explore various means of viewing visual elements in design. Focus is upon the foundations of professional design skills for computer graphics, multimedia, film and video and animation. Various media are used to explore traditional media, photography, illustration, animation, film and video and other image media development. The student is introduced to typography, typeface and type as a design element as well as composition, layout, pagination, style, balance, format and project planning. Lab fee required.
|GRA2152C||Vector Graphics II Using Adobe Illustrator|
This course is designed for experienced Adobe Illustrator users. Advanced concepts, features and techniques are further enhanced and applied to graphic applications. The world of vector graphics, the Web Internet and professional illustrations are further explored. Lab fee required.
|GRA2157C||Illustration for the Digital Artist|
This is an advanced course in computer graphics in the design profession. Students will use the computer to create original artwork and illustrations that will be used in professional publications. Advanced concepts, features and professional illustration are further explored. Lab fee required.
|GRA2207C||Bitmap Graphics II|
This is a course for experienced Photoshop software graphic design users who wish to expand their skills in the application of this electronic tool for manipulating photographs and illustrations. The course introduces new features, tips and techniques for using these electronic tools. The goal is to apply more controls and improve production capabilities. Lab fee required.
|Choose six credits from the following list:|
|ARTXXXX||Any ART art course|
|DIGXXXX||Any DIG digital media course|
|GRAXXXX||Any GRA multimedia/graphics course|
|General Education Courses|
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
|Any General Education course recommended: ARH 2051 Art History II||3|
|Humanities General Education course recommended: ARH 2050 Art History I||3|
|Mathematics or Science General Education course||3|
|Note: If you choose a Science General Education course, due to state law, you must also complete any college preparatory mathematics course(s), if any were required by your entry-level test scores, before you can be awarded an associate degree.|
|Social Science General Education course||3|