Graphic Communications (GRA)

GRA-101  Survey of Graphic Communications  (3)  

Introduces the graphic communication industry, including traditional layout and design techniques, electronic/traditional publishing, bindery operations and Internet design basics. Introduces the fundamental processes used in the graphic communication industry. Covers two-dimensional design concepts and production preparation. Explores current graphic design computer applications, as well as the Apple OS as it relates to its interaction with printers, servers and design. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

GRA-127  Illustrator I  (3)  

Introduces Adobe Illustrator and its application in graphic communication. Includes Adobe Illustrator tools as they apply to object- (vector) based files, filters and layers. Teaches basic drawing and tracing techniques, and creating line art and logos. Addresses how to simplify art work through stylizing. Explores creative use of type. Incorporates how to set up color reproduction, how to save and manage files, and how these files interact with page layout and paint (raster) programs. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

GRA-128  Illustrator II  (3)  

Explores vector drawing tools as they apply to object-based files using Adobe Illustrator. Includes advanced drawing techniques, creation of medium to high quality art, and how to simplify artwork through stylizing. Teaches color set up for reproduction, saving and management of files, and how files interact with page layout and paint (raster) programs. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take GRA-127. Take GRA-101.

GRA-131  Digital Layout  (3)  

Provides working knowledge of InDesign and its use in creating effective page layouts combining graphics and type. Includes toolbox and tool usage, importing and editing text and graphics, master pages, use of styles, text and paragraph formatting, general layout and design concepts, printing operations, importing graphics, and setting up text styles, columns and grids. Covers single- and spot-color printed material. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

GRA-132  Digital Layout II  (3)  

Expands knowledge of InDesign including page setup, text and graphic frames, links management, use of spot and process colors within publications, how to color separate files, general layout and design concepts, and printing operations. Continues use of master pages, use of styles, text and paragraph formatting and effective use of type and graphics. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take GRA-101. Take GRA-131.

GRA-140  Digital Imaging  (3)  

Introduces Photoshop. Covers basic scanning techniques for grayscale and line art images; proper manipulation procedures required for various output sources including input and output resolutions, file size, multiple file-saving formats, simple image enhancements and creating duo-tones; and creative application of Photoshop. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

GRA-141  Digital Imaging II  (3)  

Introduces color correction theory and practices, image enhancements using third-party plug-ins, effective use of layers, paths, adding type to images, and color correction controls to create visually effective images. Emphasizes properly preparing images for printing and publishing. Explores use of Photoshop for Web page design. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take GRA-101. Take GRA-140.

GRA-151  Web Design  (3)  

Introduces, explores and expands web design skills and knowledge base of Fundamentals of Web Programming. Incorporates design solutions via social and business models based on client need. Focuses on layout, wire framing, graphics selection and fonts using core graphic design principles. Teaches responsive design and web editing applications. Introduces Adobe Muse and Dreamweaver. Includes presentation for client approval. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Minimum C- in GRA-127. Minimum C- in GRA-131. Minimum C- in GRA-140.

Pre/corequisite: Minimum C- in CIS-207.

GRA-153  Web Media II  (3)  

Continues Web content development and interactivity using Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop as the primary tools. Explores intermediate video editing and enhancement using Adobe Premier and After Effects. Requires working through Web content scenarios and developing Web design layouts, navigation interactivity, Web animations and multimedia applications. Interactive content and design are used in students' final Graphic Communication portfolio. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Minimum C- in GRA-128. Minimum C- in GRA-132. Minimum C- in GRA-141. Minimum C- in GRA-151. Minimum C- in GRA-195.

GRA-157  Web Design II  (3)  

Provides instruction on how to design a Web page using DHTML and other resources to incorporate motion and inter activity. Includes building forms and utilizing Java Script on Web pages. Students will design all elements of their final website. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Minimum C- in CIS-207. Minimum C- in GRA-128. Minimum C- in GRA-132. Minimum C- in GRA-141. Minimum C- in GRA-151. Minimum C- in GRA-195.

GRA-191  Graphic Communication Applications  (3)  

Provides realistic hands-on experience about pre- and post-production project issues for both print and Web. Emphasizes managing multiple projects and deadlines, and working with other people - partly through a storefront scenario. Students work with actual clients in a team-based (company) operation, present collaborative packaging design and production, then practice design, output, and proofing options. Students develop and present an analog portfolio of their graphic design and production skills. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Minimum C- in CIS-207. Minimum C- in GRA-128. Minimum C- in GRA-132. Minimum C- in GRA-141. Minimum C- in GRA-195.

GRA-195  Introduction to Web Media  (3)  

Provides introductory skills in Web content development and interactivity using Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop as the primary tools. Students work through textbook-based Web content scenarios to develop Web design concepts, layouts, navigation and interactivity, as well as Flash-based Web animations. Students develop interactive content and design to be used in their final (GRA-151) Web Design project. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take GRA-127. Take GRA-131.

GRA-924  Honors Project  (1)  

Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

GRA-928  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of a staff member. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B; Comments: Permission of instructor, dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture