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.
This course is an introduction to the concepts, principles, tools and techniques of producing, assembling and mixing digital video and audio. Students will understand story, creativity, planning and organizational skills as a part of the production process. Lab fee required.
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.
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.
This course is designed to teach an intermediate level of three-dimensional animation for digital media. Emphasis is placed on building 3D world space that tells a story. It will allow students to build upon concepts such as environments, physical motion and modeling techniques, rendering and post-production. Lab fee required.
This course focuses on digital post-production used for film, animation, video, digital media and the Web. This course identifies production methods, compositing and sophisticated motion control for high-quality, two-dimensional animation. Focus is placed on digital media components, video tape and screen outputs for special and specialty projects while exploring foundations for computer-aided digital production. The topic of work flow issues and the variety of design and production vehicles will be addressed. Lab fee required.
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 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.
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.
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.