Graphic Design (GDES) Courses

GDES1000 Foundation Drawing and Digital Tools

As a prerequisite to all design thinking, drawing skills offer an effective means of prototyping visual solutions before committing them to software. Students practice the essential visual elements of design including shape, line, value and perspective. Based on graphics industry models, students actively experience compositional and thematic principles as a means of developing flexible approaches to design strategy. Students create initial sketches on paper then learn techniques to digitize files into common software applications. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GDES1020 Design Perspectives

This course provides students with an overview of design industries, historical art movements and styles, current design trends and industry professionals to know, as well as critical brainstorming and thinking techniques. Students participate in a number of project-oriented experiences to explore, learn and develop basic skills and practices to be successful in the program and industry. Through experience-based projects in a collaborative learning space, students are exposed to all the critical components of success in a university-level design program. Work includes art analysis, public speaking experience, creative research, hands-on problem solving and team building exercises. Students are coached and encouraged to provide solutions for design problems ranging from 2D to 3D. This course prepares students for success in a challenging Graphic Design curriculum, university academics and industry career paths.
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GDES1050 Imaging for Digital Media

This course presents an in-depth investigation into the acquisition, creation, manipulation and distribution of raster-based images. Students learn techniques in digital photography and scanning and best practices in preparing images for distribution in print and digital media formats. Emphasis is placed on creative projects investigating photomontage/layering techniques and the development of essential frameworks for designing prototypes for websites, mobile applications and motion graphics.
Prerequisite(s): ADVC2001 or DME1000 or GDES1000 or MCST1030.
Offered at Denver, North Miami, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GDES3050 Basics of Print Design

This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of print design. Using current industry standard software, students learn the essential design concepts 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. Students are required to produce various types of documents using course software. Assignments are completed in class, and projects are required outside of classwork.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours