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

GDES1040 Screen Design & Coding I

This course introduces students to client-side coding languages (HTML and CSS) to develop design solutions for multiple digital formats including web browsers, tablets and mobile devices. Students combine research, contemporary visual approaches, compositional design principles, grid-based layouts and responsive coding practices in developing a series of project-based websites. Emphasis is on understanding and applying current practice in planning and design as well as securing a solid vocabulary in the code required to present these solutions as planned.
Prerequisite(s): DME1050 or GDES1050 or CSIS1000 or SMW1001. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GDES1060 User Experience and Content Design I

This course introduces students to techniques to conceive and plan user-centered projects for multiple digital formats including web browsers, tablets and smartphones. User interface, user experience and content strategy are introduced.
Prerequisite(s): DME1040 or GDES1040. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

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. A professional portfolio website is a vital communications tool for graphic designers. It provides a window into to their work, their process and their personal brand. It is no easy task to build by hand, however. There are many advantages to using a CMS to create a polished and maintainable portfolio website. Coursework includes the creation of several project-based applications, including a portfolio website.
Prerequisite(s): DME1060 or GDES1060, sophomore status. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours