GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM / COURSES
The Graphic Design Program at HCC is designed for students who wish to pursue a four-year college/university degree in graphic design or commercial arts. Careers include creating graphics for posters, magazines, graphic novels, web pages, newspapers, and other media formats.
The digital facilities consist of 14 28-inch flatscreen LCD iMacs, four 21" Wacom 21UX Cintiq Displays, seven Wacom 13HD tablets, two Epson Expression 10000XL 11x17 scanners, one Epson 4990 8.5x11 scanner, and one Epson V500 8.5x11 scanner (All four scanners are capable of scanning film up to 4x5 in size); one Epson 4880 Stylus 17" printers, two Epson 4900 Stylus 17" printers, and one HP Designjet 500 17" printer
*** Graphic Design (GRA 2111C), along with Digital Illustration (GRA 2156C) and Digital Photography (PGY 2801C) form the core coursework for the AA Degree in Graphic Design.
ART 2111C GRAPHIC DESIGN
INSTRUCTOR: Christopher W. Weeks
PREREQUISITES: ART 1201C Design Foundations, and PGY 2401C Photography I
CO-REQUISITE: PGY 2801C Digital Photography
This course is an introductory class which will introduce students to the design applications relevant to graphic design. Students with little or no experience on a MAC or PC will become familiar with the operating systems and using the computer to bring their images into the computer and be able to function with proficiency in the management, input and output, design applications and creating backups of their work.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to: successfully understand and utilize digital media as a design tool; Demonstrate knowledge of a Macintosh-based operating system and be able to navigate from application to application; Effectively utilize digital design as a communication device within the larger context of visual communication/language skills; Understand the use of symbolic devices such as color, fonts, and other design elements to evoke emotional responses from the viewer/audience/customer; Demonstrate an understanding of digital imaging and design software (primarily raster-based) through successful navigation and application of tools and commands including (but not limited to): toolbox, preferences, navigation and document setup, color palettes, libraries, swatches, transparency controls, image compositing and masking, as well as demonstrate knowledge of fill, stroke and transformation tools; Create and edit text; Place raster images and demonstrate linking, embedding and masking; Demonstrate an understanding of the use of the mouse and keyboard shortcut keys to increase level of proficiency and efficiency; Demonstrate an effective utilization of input devices; Demonstrate effective file management, including utilization of storage devices for saving and backup of work files; Create visual digitally designed solutions that effectively fulfill project goals; Demonstrate effective utilization of output devices; and Understand the relationships between various output processes and the use/role of professional service bureaus in the creation/presentation of finished work.
ART 2156C DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION
PREREQUISITE: GRA 2111C Graphic Design
This course will build upon the students understanding of digital design within the larger context of visual literacy and communication by expanding upon basic digital design proceses and practices, particularly the differences between working in raster and vector based media. The course will explore visual, conceptual and technical understandings of digital illustration in a vector-based environment using software applications that are considered to be industry standard.
Prerequisite: GRA 2111C (Graphic Design)
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
1) Successfully understand and utilize digital illustration as a design tool. 2) Effectively utilize digital illustration as a communication device within the larger context of visual communication/language skills. 3) Effectively build upon understanding and practical application of symbolic devices such as color, fonts and other design elements to evoke emotional responses introduced in GRA 2111C, Graphic Design.
4) Demonstrate an understanding of digital illustration software, through successful navigation and applications of tools and commands.
5) Understand and Demonstrate the differences between working in raster and vector-based environments/software applications.
6) Demonstrate effective utilization of input devices. 7) Accomplish visual Digitally Illustrated solutions that effectively fulfill project goals.
8) Demonstrate effective file management, including utilization of storage devices for saving and backup of work files.
9) Demonstrate effective utilization of output devices. 10) Understand the relationships between various output processes and the use/role of professional service bureaus in the creation/presentation of finished work.