Graphic Design Courses
The following courses may or may not be available each semester. Please search below for current offerings.
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Degrees/Certificates offered within program:
- Graphic Design & Multimedia (AS)
- Graphic Design & Multimedia (C)
- Digital Illustration (C)
- Graphic Arts (AS)
- Graphic Arts (C)
- Web Design (C)
- Web Developer (C)
GDS-011: The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This introductory survey course focuses on the history, perception and development of design during the Twentieth Century. The students will develop an understanding of the evolution and role of the Modern Movement and how it affects society. The students will also learn about the evaluation criteria of two-dimensional and three dimensional design while examining examples of architecture, industrial, graphic, fashion and interior design. The students will be introduced to influential Twentieth Century design figures and their work.
3A - IGETC Arts, AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, C1 - CSU Arts
GDS-012: History of Photography (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This course surveys the history of photography from its origins to the present. Students examine the practice of photography as an art form and as a form of visual communication in historical, socio-political and cultural contexts.
3A - IGETC Arts, AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, C1 - CSU Arts
GDS-013: Creativity and Visual Communication (Min Credits: 3.0)
This course will examine the concept of creativity and the way we construct visual messages. The effects of technology on visual communication, the use of the Web and new media techniques will be discussed. Credit/No Credit Option.
GDS-015: Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This course examines the impact of a wide range of new photographic genres on global social change. This includes analysis of the historical and social context of photojournalism, art photography, and internet multi-media and their influence on culture.
3A - IGETC Arts, AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, C1 - CSU Arts
GDS-035: Beginning Graphic Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
In this introductory course students learn about the practical, artistic, and technical sides of Graphic Design. Students also begin to gain the necessary critical thinking and technical skills required in the field of Graphic Design. Students are evaluated through a series of hands-on projects. The primary software used in this course is Adobe Photoshop, but multiple software packages are explored.
GDS-039A: 3D Animation and Modeling Using Maya (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: ART 035A This is an introductory course in learning to make 3D art assets for animation. Students learn modeling and texturing techniques using 3D software. Students learn to design and create 3D movies.
GDS-039B: Intermediate Computer Animation (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 108A and READ 053, GDES 039A. Students learn advanced animation techniques using 3D modeling and animation software (i.e. Autodesk Maya), including texture mapping and lighting effects. Students create complex 3-dimensional scenes and create animations on different platforms. Pass/No Pass Option
GDS-041: Mobile Game Design and Development (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This class focuses on creating mobile games using third party developer tools. Students learn how to design, program, test, and publish their mobile game to various mobile platforms.
GDS-043A: 3D Game Character Animation with Maya (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: ART 031A, GDS 039A This is an introductory course in character animation using Maya to generate animation. Using pre-built 3D characters, students learn basic animation principles such as squash and stretch, and anticipation. Students learn the controls for 3D mesh characters, and generate walk cycles, run cycles, and action sequences. Students develop concepts for short movies for 3D characters in action sequences, and add lighting and textures to their scenes in making their animated movie shorts.
GDS-045: Web Design with HTML and CSS (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This introductory course focuses on the design and technical skills required to create effective web designs using HTML, CSS and a variety of software packages. The basic principles of type, color, and layout are explored, along with necessary basic coding skills. Emphasis is placed on using industry standard workflows and techniques to create compelling designs.
GDS-046: Web Design and Development 2 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
GDS-047: Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This introductory course focuses on the skills required to create effective web animations using a variety of software applications. Principles of animation, visual communication, UI design, and web and mobile optimization are explored. A basic understanding of computer system operation is assumed. Eligibility for ENG 001A and REA 054 Advisory GDS 045 .
GDS-049: Wordpress and Content Management Systems (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: CAP 088A, GDS 046 In this advanced web design and development class, students use WordPress to build dynamic websites that can be updated easily. Students are also introduced to PHP & MySQL, theme customization, and other CMS frameworks.
GDS-051: Mobile Application and Web Development With Web Standards (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 045, GDS 046 This class focuses on using web technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 to create rich web applications as well as native mobile applications. Students learn to develop media using web standards. Current options for delivery methods on mobile devices are explored.
GDS-055A: Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 035, GDES 062. In a real-world environment, this course is designed to increase the skills and abilities needed by students in the design industry, with an emphasis on creating brands and promoting brand awareness across all media, including interactive and print. The course includes project-based exploration of creative ideas in logo design, concept work, layout, package design, advertising, and more. The students, with active faculty involvement and supervision, work on real-world projects responding to design needs of clients.
GDS-056: Advanced Presentation Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: CAP 046D, CAP 046E This class focuses on the visual communication skills necessary to produce compelling presentations. Topic include color design, animation, interaction, storytelling, and advanced technical skills used in the production of assets for presentation. The class assumes an existing intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Powerpoint.
GDS-060: Page Layout and Typography (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 035 This is a foundation course for graphic designers. The focus of the course is on developing an understanding of the basic principles of page layout and typography along with a working knowledge of appropriate software including Adobe Indesign, and creating work for inclusion in a portfolio. Practical design projects examine the interaction of form and message, with emphasis on fundamental theory, i.e., elements, principles, and attributes of typographical and layout design. This course assumes basic understanding of computer systems.
GDS-062: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
In this course, students use Adobe Illustrator to create vector-based graphics such as technical illustrations, logos, photo-realistic images, and other artwork used in print publications and on the web. Techniques used by industry professionals are emphasized.
GDS-063: Introduction to Adobe InDesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 064 This introductory level course in page layout uses Adobe InDesign software. Students assemble a variety of printed pieces such as booklets, brochures, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and other communication materials. Emphasis is on learning techniques used by graphics professionals to create full-color pieces integrating text, photos, and illustrations.
GDS-064: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This is a beginning Adobe Photoshop course for graphic designers, artists, and photographers. Students learn how to create original artwork, refine photographs and manipulate digital imagery. Basic design principles are explored.
GDS-066: Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 062 This advanced level course uses Adobe Illustrator software. Designed for the student who wishes to continue with techniques and methods beyond the GDES 062 beginning course, students produce a variety of sophisticated digital illustrations. Emphasis is on technique as well as methodologies for creating illustrations with a distinctive style.
GDS-067: Advanced Adobe Indesign (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 063. This advanced level course uses Adobe InDesign software, and is designed for students who want to learn advanced techniques of page layout beyond those covered in GDS 063. Projects emphasize the creation of professional level pieces using industry standard techniques and best practices. Students create materials for both print and electronic publishing.
GDS-068: Advanced Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 064 This is an advanced course in Adobe Photoshop. This course provides instruction on: image manipulation, enhancement, and compositing; advanced special effects; and the creation of original product and fine art illustrations. This course is designed for students who have completed GDES 064 or students who have previous experience using Photoshop.
GDS-070: User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
In this course students are introduced to the fields of User Experience Design and Interface Design. Key topics covered in this course are interaction design, mobile and desktop interface design, information architecture, user research, as well as UX planning documents such as wireframes and personas. Students learn many of the principles, processes, and techniques used to develop effective user interfaces.
GDS-071: Intermediate Multimedia Design (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: ART 033A or ART 034A, and GDES 046, GDES 074, or GDES 075. This is an intermediate level course focusing on developing creative design skills that are required to conceptualize and model an interactive experience. The course will cover intermediate level principles of organizing information effectively and creating visually compelling interfaces. Principles involved in the production of interactive DVD's and CD-ROM's, video, web sites, and other media will be addressed. Pass/No Pass Option.
GDS-073: Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This introductory course focuses on photography as a creative medium. Emphasis is placed on aesthetics, composition, content and the technical and creative design skills required to create effective digital images using digital cameras and a variety of software packages. Students also critically evaluate photographic images according to the principles of photographic theory. A basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and computer system operation is required. Students must have access to a digital camera.
AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities
GDS-074: Digital Video Production With Final Cut Pro (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This introductory course focuses on video production and related hardware and software. The students develop an understanding of video production and post-production in a series of hands on exercises. Camera operation, video and audio production techniques, special effects, the basic principles of motion graphics, video editing and audio editing are explored. Access to a camera capable of recording video, and a basic understanding of computer system operation are required.
GDS-080: Packaging Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 035 This course introduces the student to the skills required to create effective packaging designs. The role of typography, color and the use of materials such as paper, plastics, and other materials are examined and design solutions created using both traditional and computer generated techniques. The variety of packaging styles available and the environmental implications of packaging are discussed.
GDS-081: Motion Graphics With After Effects (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDS 064, GDS 074 This course focuses on the preparation and production of motion graphics/visual effects for video, film and the internet. The student develops an understanding of the principles of type in motion, keyframe animation, masking/keying, tracking, color correction and compositing. The focus is on creative visual communication. The student develops skill in the use of After Effects, as well as other appropriate software. Access to a camera capable of recording video, and a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and computer system operation are recommended.
GDS-082: Game Design and Architecture (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)
This introductory course focuses on the planning and methodology of game design. The students will develop an understanding of conceptual game development process and, game architecture. The students will also examine and evaluate a number of case studies. A basic understanding of computer system operation is required.
GDS-083: Designing Websites for e-Commerce (Min Credits: 3.0)
Advisory: GDES 045, and GDES 046 or GDES 047. This course focuses on the planning and methodology of e-commerce Web site design. The students will develop an understanding of the strategic interaction of the business and design processes. Focus will be on creating elements of brand identity for a small business on the Web. The course also includes in-depth examination and comparison of corporate identity, branding and emotional branding in both the old and new economies. The students will also examine and evaluate a number of case studies. Pass/No Pass Option.
GDS-085: Professional Portfolio and Design (1.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 2.0)
Advisory: GDS 035, GDS 055A This course introduces students to the basic principles and skills related to building a professional portfolio, as well as preparing for work as a freelance designer. The student prepares the necessary materials such as logos, resumes, business cards, stationery, etc. to present a professional image. The course includes portfolio evaluation, self promotional techniques, interviewing techniques, and the procedures to set up a successful design office. The students also interact with professionals in the field of design. Credit/No Credit Option