For a complete list of course offerings see the Degree Plans found in current and previous catalog's.
GRA-100 | Electronic Media Studio | 4 credits
This course will introduce software and technology skills fundamental to digital art and graphic design. The course will also provide students with an introduction to the methods, modes of thought and products common to professional work as a graphic designer. The course will involve extensive use of the computer, an understanding of design process and the crafting of typical designed products. Technology skills will be integrated with visual communication tasks in order to provide realistic applications of the learned skills. Software will include Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. Innovation, creativity and critical thinking are expected.
GRA-200 | Typographic Design | 3 credits
In this course, students will explore the art and discipline of typography and learn to harness the expressive potential of text. Typography is the art of relating typographic form to visual message. Whether we use text on a printed page, package, web site or an animation, typography is a fundamental design skill. In this course, students will apply the elements and principles of design to textual form and explore layout strategies for both large and small text.
GRA-201 | Digital Photography | 3 credits
In this course, students will learn the basics of digital photography and imaging, including photographic composition, operation of a digital SLR camera and photo manipulation. Students will learn to prepare images for a variety of uses.
GRA-210 | Practicum | 1 to 6 credits
This course requires students to be involved in the design studio on campus. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only.
GRA-250 | Graphics | 3 credits
This course is an intense look at computer based graphics. Students will explore computer graphics as a tool to communicate and in the process learn the technical aspects of computer based graphics. (spring)
GRA-251 | Illustration | 3 credits
This course provides an advanced understanding of vector-based drawing and illustration. Students will develop digital drawings for a vareity of purposes and contexts.
GRA-300 | Video | 3 credits
In this introductory course in video and postproduction, students will learn to create a storyboard, shoot video, edit and overlay graphics onto video in the context of communicating through a moving medium.
GRA-301 | Graphic Design and Media History | 3 credits
Students will explore the cultural, social, political, industrial, ethical and technological forces that influence the practice of media-based design. Students will study the historical and contemporary issues facing graphic designers, their clients and their audience.
GRA-302 | Web Based Graphics | 3 credits
Web-based Graphics will address the design aspects of web site development. The course deals with the multiple ways in which the user, and potential client reacts to the screen-based world. We will learn to see a web site in terms of the aesthetic, psychological, navigational, and multi-sensory experience it produces. The object is to develop effective screen-based visual communications and learn how designers can enhance audience experience with interactive media. Students will develop skill in the use Dreamweaver and a functional understanding of HTML code, Styles and Scripts.
GRA-303 | 3-D Modeling | 3 credits
This course is designed to give students an understanding of three-dimensional models, polygons, skins and textures.
GRA-320 | Corporate Identity and Branding | 3 credits
In this course students will learn to use form and metaphor as visual communication. An identity provides a simple recognizable way to represent an organization, business or concept. Students will learn to create trademarks and symbols that are visually appealing, original and which communicate a meaningful message. Students will then apply those identies to products such as business stationary, envelopes, packages, web sites, signs and other appropriate media.
GRA-351 | Motion and Sound | 3 credits
This course allows students to explore kinetic typography, two-dimensional animation and other forms of motion graphics. Students will create computer based motion graphics with a principal focus on communication.
Prerequisite: GRA-100 and permission of instructor
GRA-353 | 3-D Animation | 3 credits
This course is designed to help students understand the basics of animating a scene with three-dimensional models, including cameras, lights and rendering.
Prerequisite: Take GRA-303
GRA-390 | Advanced Graphics | 3 credits
In a studio-like setting, students in Advanced Graphics will acquire strategies and modes of thought that enable the designer to integrate text and image in both traditional and screen-based media. We will explore ways in which image or symbols can communicate visually and also ways that text and image can be interchangeable. The course will address concept development, visual communication, and target audience as well as continuing to develop formal reasoning and technical skills. Students will learn to do visual research, use design styles to communicate a concept, and translate design concepts from print to screen-based media or vice versa. Students will produce at least one design system that creates a client identity and concept and then applies that identity and concept across a variety of design media.
GRA-400 | Senior Studio | 3 credits
During this course students complete a 3 credit hour concentration of studio work. Students plan and execute on a number of projects. This course is for GD+MA majors only.
Prerequisite: GRA-250, meet major or minor requirements and permission ofinstructor
GRA-451 | Advanced Web Design and Graphics | 3 credits
This course will address the important issues in web site design and development. The course deals with the multiple ways in which the user, and potential client, reacts to the screen-based environment. We will learn to see a web site in terms of the aesthetic, psychological, navigational, and multi-sensory experience it produces. The object is to develop effective screen-based visual communications and learn how designers can enhance audience experience with interactive media. Students will develop skill in the use Dreamweaver and a solid understanding of HTML code, Styles, Scripts.
Prerequisite: GRA-100, 302 and CSC-361
GRA-485 | Internship | 1 to 6 credits
Internships are supervised part-time and full-time experiences in professional graphic arts settings. Students are encouraged to enroll in this class, as prospective employers may prefer to hire entry-level personnel with practical experience outside of the classroom. Pass or unsatisfactory grades only. Prerequisite: faculty approval
Prerequisite: Junior standing with 3.0 GPA or higher