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Graphic Design Courses

Graphic Design Courses

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GDS - Graphic Design

GDS-011: The History of Modern Design (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This introductory survey course focuses on the history, perception and development of design during the Twentieth Century. The students will develop an understanding of the evolution and role of the Modern Movement and how it affects society. The students will also learn about the evaluation criteria of two-dimensional and three dimensional design while examining examples of architecture, industrial, graphic, fashion and interior design. The students will be introduced to influential Twentieth Century design figures and their work.

3A - IGETC Arts, AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, C1 - CSU Arts, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-012: History of Photography (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course surveys the history of photography from its origins to the present. Students examine the practice of photography as an art form and as a form of visual communication in historical, socio-political and cultural contexts.

3A - IGETC Arts, AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, C1 - CSU Arts, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-015: Photo-Media and Social Change (3.0 Lecture) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This course examines the impact of a wide range of new photographic genres on global social change. This includes analysis of the historical and social context of photojournalism, art photography, and internet multi-media and their influence on culture.

3A - IGETC Arts, AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, C1 - CSU Arts, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-035: Graphic Design I (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

In this introductory course, students learn about the practical, artistic, and technical sides of Graphic Design. Students also begin to gain the necessary critical thinking and technical skills required across the various professional careers within Graphic Design. Students are evaluated through a series of hands-on projects. Multiple software packages within Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) are explored.

CSU - California State University

GDS-039A: 3D Animation and Modeling (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 064 This is an introductory course in learning to create 3D animation. Students learn creative techniques using 3D modeling and animation software, including modeling, rigging, texture mapping, lighting effects and animation. Students produce 3D animation projects. Students also analyze the historical and contemporary trends in computer animation films.

CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-041: Mobile Game Design and Development (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This class focuses on creating mobile games using third party developer tools. Students learn how to design, program, test, and publish their mobile game to various mobile platforms.

CSU - California State University

GDS-043A: 3D Game Character Animation with Maya (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: ART 031A, GDS 039A This is an introductory course in character animation using Maya to generate animation. Using pre-built 3D characters, students learn basic animation principles such as squash and stretch, and anticipation. Students learn the controls for 3D mesh characters, and generate walk cycles, run cycles, and action sequences. Students develop concepts for short movies for 3D characters in action sequences, and add lighting and textures to their scenes in making their animated movie shorts.

CSU - California State University

GDS-045: Web Design and Development 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This introductory course focuses on the design and technical skills required to create effective web designs using HTML, CSS and a variety of software packages. The basic principles of type, color, and layout are explored, along with necessary basic coding skills. Emphasis is placed on using industry standard workflows and techniques to create compelling designs.

CSU - California State University

GDS-046: Web Design and Development 2 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 045 This intermediate level course focuses both on the creative design and the appropriate software and coding skills required in web design and front end web development. This course provides an intermediate level content continuation of the GDS 045 course. Advanced design principles of type, color, illustration and layout are explored, along with intermediate to advanced HTML and CSS. There is also an introduction to Javascript and other relevant technologies. A basic understanding of computer system operation is required.

CSU - California State University

GDS-047: Web Animation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This introductory course focuses on the skills required to create effective web animations using a variety of software applications. Principles of animation, visual communication, UI design, and web and mobile optimization are explored. A basic understanding of computer system operation is assumed. Eligibility for ENG 001A and REA 054 Advisory GDS 045 .

CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-049: Wordpress and Content Management Systems (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: CAP 088A, GDS 046 In this advanced web design and development class, students use WordPress to build dynamic websites that can be updated easily. Students are also introduced to PHP & MySQL, theme customization, and other CMS frameworks.

CSU - California State University

GDS-051: Mobile Application and Web Development With Web Standards (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 045, GDS 046 This class focuses on using web technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 to create rich web applications as well as native mobile applications. Students learn to develop media using web standards. Current options for delivery methods on mobile devices are explored.

CSU - California State University

GDS-055A: Design Agency and Branding (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 035, GDES 062. In a real-world environment, this course is designed to increase the skills and abilities needed by students in the design industry, with an emphasis on creating brands and promoting brand awareness across all media, including interactive and print. The course includes project-based exploration of creative ideas in logo design, concept work, layout, package design, advertising, and more. The students, with active faculty involvement and supervision, work on real-world projects responding to design needs of clients.

CSU - California State University

GDS-056: Presentation Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: CAP 046D, CAP 046E This class focuses on the visual communication skills necessary to produce compelling presentations. Topic include color design, animation, interaction, storytelling, and advanced technical skills used in the production of assets for presentation. The class assumes an existing intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Powerpoint.

CSU - California State University

GDS-060: Page Layout (2.0 Lecture / 1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 035 This introductory level course in page layout and design uses Adobe InDesign software. Students assemble a variety of pieces such as booklets, brochures, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and other communication materials. Emphasis is on learning techniques used by graphics professionals to create full-color pieces integrating text, photos, and illustrations.

CSU - California State University

GDS-062: Digital Illustration with Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This is a beginning digital illustration course for graphic designers, illustrators and artists. Students learn how to create original illustrations and designs using Adobe Illustrator. Basic art principles are explored.

CSU - California State University

GDS-063: Typography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 035 and GDS 060 This is a course for graphic designers on the study and demonstration of letterforms and typography. Practical design projects examine the interaction of form and message, with emphasis on fundamental theory, i.e., elements, principles, and attributes of typographical design. Students may create work for inclusion in a portfolio. This course requires both non-digital attention to hands-on craftsmanship and basic knowledge of Adobe CC software.

CSU - California State University

GDS-064: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This is a beginning Adobe Photoshop course for graphic designers, artists, and photographers. Students learn how to create original artwork, refine photographs and manipulate digital imagery. Basic design principles are explored.

CSU - California State University

GDS-066: Advanced Adobe Illustrator (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 062 This advanced level course uses Adobe Illustrator software. Designed for the student who wishes to continue with techniques and methods beyond the GDES 062 beginning course, students produce a variety of sophisticated digital illustrations. Emphasis is on technique as well as methodologies for creating illustrations with a distinctive style.

CSU - California State University

GDS-067: Graphic Design II (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 035, GDS 060, GDS 063 This mid-level design course will develop the students’ confidence and competence in form and concept for visual communication. Projects emphasize the creation of professional level pieces using industry standard techniques and best practices. This course assumes competency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

CSU - California State University

GDS-068: Portfolio Production Studio (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 062 and GDS 064 In this course students create original portfolio content necessary for graduation and for procuring employment. Students develop and showcase their individual design/illustration approach, demonstrated via intermediate to advanced-level creative projects. Visual communication principles, processes and methodology are explored in lecture and in lab. Previous experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator is advised.

CSU - California State University

GDS-070: User Experience, Interface, and Multimedia Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

In this course students are introduced to the fields of User Experience Design and Interface Design. Key topics covered in this course are interaction design, mobile and desktop interface design, information architecture, user research, as well as UX planning documents such as wireframes and personas. Students learn many of the principles, processes, and techniques used to develop effective user interfaces.

CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-071: Intermediate Multimedia Design (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: ART 033A or ART 034A, and GDES 046, GDES 074, or GDES 075. This is an intermediate level course focusing on developing creative design skills that are required to conceptualize and model an interactive experience. The course will cover intermediate level principles of organizing information effectively and creating visually compelling interfaces. Principles involved in the production of interactive DVD's and CD-ROM's, video, web sites, and other media will be addressed. Pass/No Pass Option.

GDS-073: Digital Photography (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This introductory course focuses on photography as a creative medium. Emphasis is placed on aesthetics, composition, content and the technical and creative design skills required to create effective digital images using digital cameras and a variety of software packages. Students also critically evaluate photographic images according to the principles of photographic theory. A basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and computer system operation is required. Students must have access to a digital camera.

AC - AA-AS Arts & Humanities, CSU - California State University, UC - University of California

GDS-074: Digital Video Production With Final Cut Pro (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This introductory course focuses on video production and related hardware and software. The students develop an understanding of video production and post-production in a series of hands on exercises. Camera operation, video and audio production techniques, special effects, the basic principles of motion graphics, video editing and audio editing are explored. Access to a camera capable of recording video, and a basic understanding of computer system operation are required.

CSU - California State University

GDS-080: Packaging Design (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 035 This course introduces the student to the skills required to create effective packaging designs. The role of typography, color and the use of materials such as paper, plastics, and other materials are examined and design solutions created using both traditional and computer generated techniques. The variety of packaging styles available and the environmental implications of packaging are discussed.

CSU - California State University

GDS-081: Motion Graphics With After Effects (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 064, GDS 074 This course focuses on the preparation and production of motion graphics/visual effects for video, film and the internet. The student develops an understanding of the principles of type in motion, keyframe animation, masking/keying, tracking, color correction and compositing. The focus is on creative visual communication. The student develops skill in the use of After Effects, as well as other appropriate software. Access to a camera capable of recording video, and a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop and computer system operation are recommended.

CSU - California State University

GDS-082: Game Design and Architecture (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

This introductory course focuses on the planning and methodology of game design. The students will develop an understanding of conceptual game development process and, game architecture. The students will also examine and evaluate a number of case studies. A basic understanding of computer system operation is required.

CSU - California State University

GDS-085: Professional Portfolio and Design Career Preparation (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 2.0)

Advisory: ENG 001A Advisory: GDS 035, GDS 055A This capstone course focuses on assembling a professional portfolio, as well as preparing for work as a freelance designer. The course includes portfolio development using projects created in prior art and design classes, self-promotional and interviewing techniques, and the process of working as an independent contractor. The students also interact with professionals in the field of design across multiple disciplines.

CSU - California State University

GDS-089: Javascript 1 (2.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) (Min Credits: 3.0)

Advisory: GDS 045 This is an introductory course on using Javascript to develop applications for the web. Students learn to develop interactive web pages using Javascript. The course covers Javascript basics, arrays, objects, an introduction to DOM scripting and debugging. Intermediate topics include advanced objects, Web forms, events, DOM Scripting dynamic content, cookies and Web storage, and an introduction to advanced topics such as AJAX and JavaScript libraries.

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