Graphic Design (GDES) Courses

GDES1020 Design Theory and Practice

This course provides students with an overview of design industries, historical art movements, current design trends, and industry professionals to know, as well as how to thoughtfully apply the creative process to design projects. Students participate in a number of non-digital project-oriented experiences to explore, learn and develop basic skills and practices to be successful in the program and in the industry. With an emphasis on the creative process and traditional tools, students build a visual vocabulary and are exposed to all of the critical components of success in a university-level design program in a collaborative learning space. Topics include elements and principles of design, layout and composition, basic typography, hand-lettering, branding, packaging, logo design basics, and color theory. Work includes design analysis and critique, creative research and finding inspiration, hands-on problem solving, and public speaking. Relevant connections to current and historical contexts are woven throughout the course.
Offered at Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES1030 Vector-Based Design

Vector-Based Design is a foundation course wherein students investigate the industry-standard vector-based design software. This project-based course introduces branding, screen layout design concepts, packaging template creation, and the use of hand-done elements within design. Relative concepts in image editing software that pertain to vector design are also introduced.
Offered at Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES1040 Screen Design & Coding I

This course introduces students to client-side coding languages (HTML, CSS, and Javascript) to develop solutions for multiple digital formats including desktop and mobile devices. Students combine research, contemporary visual approaches, compositional design principles, user interface design, and responsive coding practices in developing a series of project-based websites. Emphasis is on understanding and applying the current practice in planning and design as well as securing a solid vocabulary in the code required to present these solutions as planned. (OL)
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES1050 Image Editing and Design

This is a foundation course wherein students investigate the industry-standard raster-based manipulation software. This course is project-based with assignments using the acquisition, creation, manipulation and distribution of raster-based images. Students learn techniques in scanning and best practices in resolution and color mode management. Emphasis is placed on creative projects investigating photomontage/layering techniques and the development of essential frameworks for designing in print and screen formats.
Offered at Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES1060 User Experience and Content Design I

Designing solutions for interactive applications requires an understanding of the principles of interaction design, information architecture, content strategy, and user experience. In addition to these concepts, this course introduces techniques to conceive and plan user-centered projects for multiple digital formats including desktop and mobile devices. Grid-based frameworks and responsive web design practices are introduced and reinforced to effectively develop and test design solutions.
Prerequisite(s): DME1040 or GDES1040. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES2000 Typography

Typography is a critical foundation of visual communications. Letterforms, typestyle, shape and size communicate subtle messages and convey important information. Successful design solutions always benefit from thoughtful and creative use of type, whether on a printed page or in digital space. This course presents the fundamentals of typography and letterforms including history, anatomy, theory and practice, while teaching students to appreciate type as a critical element of design and to identify type by respective classifications and families. Emphasis is placed on developing a current, practical typographic knowledge based on current industry standards. Typographic design in graphic communications is explored through project-based work.
Prerequisite(s): DME1030 or GDES1030 or permission of department chair.
Offered at Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES2030 Editorial & Publication Design

This course introduces the creative and technical development of text composition, layout and the hierarchy of information with emphasis on dynamic use of the grid, page structure, text/image integration and multi-page layout and design. Emphasis is on typographic composition and page layout. Using industry-standard page layout applications, this project-based class helps students develop their skills as designers by the creation of sophisticated editorial and publication design assignments.
Prerequisite(s): DME2000 or GDES2000.
Offered at Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES2050 Content Management Systems

In this course, students explore the workings of a popular content management system (CMS) as well as a strategic process for organizing and delivering their website content. Students use a variety of skills to build, deploy and test multi-page websites. Potential projects include ecommerce, portfolio, blog, small business, and progressive web apps. Students build upon content strategy, user experience, information architecture, and front-end coding skills.
Prerequisite(s): DME1060 or GDES1060, sophomore status. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

GDES3050 Basics of Print Design

This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of print design. Using both traditional tools as well as industry standard software, students learn the essential design concepts, process and work flow practice used in print design. In-class demonstrations and lectures involve the introduction of design theory and practical applications of print design peripherals. A variety of print-based assignments and projects are completed both in class and outside of class, and students are required to produce and deliver professional design presentations during in-class critiques.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence
3 Semester Credits