Graphic Communications

Graphic Communications Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)
Academic Year: 2016–2017

Semester 1

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace -OR-

3 credits—This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in ENG061.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

GRA105 Drawing and Composition -OR-

4 credits—This course introduces the student to a variety of art-making materials and media, provides a broad range of drawing experiences designed to expand the student's artistic perception, and enhances the student's ability to develop appropriate art-based solutions to common graphic design problems.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

2016–2017 Course Cost: $724.00

ART133 Drawing -AND-

3 credits—An introduction to basic drawing. Working with still life props: line, form, values, perspective and composition will be explored, using various wet and dry mediums. Concentration will be on accurate visual drawing.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ART134 Drawing II

3 credits—This course concentrates on intermediate drawing problems: Gesture, contour, proportions, mapping techniques and values are studied through the use of props and clothed models. Creative interpretation with various media and approaches are stressed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

GRA133 Desktop Publishing

4 credits—This course introduces the student to computer generated layout and design production skills using electronic publishing software. Emphasis is a "hands-on" introduction to the leading page-layout application program utilized in the graphic communications industry.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

GRA196 Design and Layout I

4 credits—This course emphasizes the fundamentals of design and layout in visual communications. The course provides experience in the type selection process for design application.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in GRA133.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

Semester 2

GRA124 Electronic Illustration

4 credits—This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to create vector artwork. Students will utilize the leading vector drawing software to develop essential vector art rendering techniques.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): GRA133

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

GRA150 Introduction to Web Design

3 credits—This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Website design and development. Emphasis is placed on designing cross-browser compatible interfaces and standards compliant Websites. Domain registration, Website hosting, search engine optimization, accessibility, usability, and interoperability will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $530.50

GRA197 Design and Layout II

4 credits—This course applies the principles and methods of design and layout to creating solutions for design problems. The process involved with communicating a client's product, service or image to a specific or general audience is explored in project application.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in GRA196 and GRA133.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

MAT772 Applied Math -OR-

3 credits—This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Math Electives 3 credits

Semester 3

GRA142 Graphic Imaging

4 credits—This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to create raster graphics. Students will utilize the leading digital imaging software to develop essential image manipulation techniques.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): GRA133

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

GRA200 Applications of Color

3 credits—This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to color manage digital art and make logical decisions with regard to choosing color during the design process.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): GRA133

2016–2017 Course Cost: $545.50

PSY102 Human and Work Relations -OR-

3 credits—Human Relations is the study of self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology -OR-

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 4

GRA290 Portfolio Preparation

3 credits—The course is intended to advance student knowledge in portfolio and resume construction and job search strategies.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in GRA142, GRA200, and GRA197

2016–2017 Course Cost: $545.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Graphics Communication Electives

GRA162 Web Page Graphics

3 credits—This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to create Website graphics. Students will utilize digital imaging software and emerging Web technologies to develop skills in constructing and implementing Web page graphics.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in GRA150.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $530.50

GRA205 Design and Layout III

4 credits—This course expands the dimension of the process of design to include specific information and experiences pertaining to advertising design and other advanced design formats.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in GRA124 and GRA197.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

GRA206 Advanced Design and Layout

4 credits—This course expands the dimension of the process of design to include specific information and experiences pertaining to advertising design and other advanced design formats.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in GRA142, GRA197, and GRA200.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

GRA221 Principles of Illustration

3 credits—This course develops an understanding of illustration within the context of graphic communications. Students will have the opportunity to produce original illustrations using a variety of media, tools and techniques.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $555.50

GRA227 Interactive Multimedia

4 credits—This course emphasizes designing interactive presentations using multimedia. Students will conceptualize, design and deliver interactive content.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): GRA150

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

GRA231 Photo Direction

2 credits—This course presents an overview of the process involved with working with a commercial photographer. Working environment conditions, procedures and expectations for the designer will be covered. An introduction of the basics of digital photography will be provided.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

GRA238 Web Design and Layout

4 credits—This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to design and layout a static Website. Students will utilize the leading Website design software and Web design formatting languages to develop skills in designing, building, publishing, and maintaining a static Website.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in GRA150.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $699.00

GRA239 CMS Web Design

3 credits—This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to develop a dynamic Website. Students will utilize an open source Web Content Management System and leading Website design software to develop skills in implementing, administering, and designing a CMS based Website.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in GRA 150 Introduction to Web Design

2016–2017 Course Cost: $530.50

GRA285 Production Processes

3 credits—This course will utilize desktop pre-press production techniques used for preparing artwork for printing. One color to multi-color techniques will be covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre/Co-requisite(s): GRA200

2016–2017 Course Cost: $545.50

MGT101 Principles of Management

3 credits—A study of current theory and practice of leading a complex business organization toward the accomplishment of organizational objectives.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MKT110 Principles of Marketing

3 credits—An overview of the processes, problems and activities associated with the planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of ideas, goods and services to create exchanges.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MKT140 Principles of Selling

3 credits—Planned learning activities and experiences emphasize the psychology of selling, the selling process, sales techniques, and selling as a professional career.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MKT152 Advertising and Visual Merchandising

3 credits—This course presents the fundamentals of advertising and visual merchandising as promotional tools. It incorporates the Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) concept.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MMS103 Basic Digital Photography

3 credits—An introduction to DSLR camera operation, including exposure control and modes, focus techniques, and white balance. Artistic issues like framing, camera angle, use of color and composition will be addressed as well. Students will produce final images using industry standard software. Students must furnish an approved DSLR camera.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MMS111 Video Production I

3 credits—This course will provide an introduction to the basics of video production, camera handling, digital exposure, and workflow. Emphasis is on how to handle image workflow to produce a professional video output.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $555.50

Math Electives

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits—This is a one semester, liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits—Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Prerequisite(s): MAT102 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $842.50

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits—This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate placement scores

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits—The second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT122 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits—This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits—The first in a calculus sequence, this course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives, applications of the derivative, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in MAT134 or MAT128 or appropriate placement scores.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

MAT216 Calculus II

4 credits—A continuation of MAT-210, this course covers topics including integration techniques, applications of integration, infinite series, conic sections, parametric and polar equations.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in MAT210.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

MAT219 Calculus III

4 credits—This course covers topics including integration and differentiation techniques related to vectors, vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, multiple integration, and vector analysis.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): MAT216

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

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