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A220 Introduction to Typography

Project-oriented studio course introducing typographical forms and the role of type in visual design and communication. Learn typographic terminology and techniques for effective use of type. Create design projects in which aesthetic considerations and page structures support content. Introduction to additive color theory, process color, page construction software, and printing processes. Prerequisites: A115, A130

A222 Digital Images

Emphasizes formal, aesthetic, and conceptual practices of image making using digital media. Includes experience with a range of processes and software functions. Provides essential foundations for coursework in upper-division design and digital art. Explores new media theory and its application to image construction and expression. Prerequisite: A 115, A 130, A 119

A260 Basic Photography

This course approaches photography as a universal language of contemporary visual culture as well as an artistic medium. Introduces digital camera techniques, photographic composition, digital photo editing, image sequences, and digital color printing processes. Addresses key topics in current and historical photographic practices. Prerequisite: A115

A320 Graphic Design: Process & Theory

Exploration of visual communication methods and approaches to help students bring together message, meaning, and form. Employ type and layout principles, image-making concepts, and design processes in visual/verbal communications with mul­tiple media outcomes. Prerequisites: A116, A 119, A220, A 222, A260

A321 Graphic Design:  Form & Communication

Continue work with images, symbols, and their operation in applied print design problems. Consider messages and audience to understand how to position visual communications. Design for multiple page communications using typographic structures, rhythm, and visual flow. Prerequisites: A260, A 320

A322 Graphic Design:  Contemporary Issues

Exploration of professional design issues, including creating visual and verbal systems for a project with multiple presentation outcomes, executing projects professionally as a team, designing appropriately for audience and client, awareness and presentation of your role in the design process and your contribution to the design solution. Prerequisite: A 321

A323 Interactive Media: Web Structure and Communication

This project-based course examines cultural and aesthetic aspects of the World Wide Web. Students respond to course information by designing websites and hypermedia art. Focuses on visual layout, information architecture, interface design, and graphic artwork for the Internet. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Prerequisite: A 220, A 222, A 320 (A 320 may be taken concurrently with A 323)

A324 Interactive Media: Applied

Students design digital interactive communications and hypermedia art considering an expanding range of concepts, strategies, devices, and media. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Primarily Internet-related. Prerequisite: A 320, A 323

A325 Interactive Media: Contemporary Issues

Course examines special topics at the intersection of art, design, and technology. Students create interactive digital communications and art. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. May be repeated for credit upon instructor's approval. Prerequisite: A 321, A 324

A326 Time-Based Media: Video

Develop techniques for planning and creating time-based digital communications and art. Use design processes and aesthetic awareness in creative digital motion and video projects. Generate and refine concepts. Work with issues of idea development, audience, message, continuity, and narrative. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Prerequisite: A 222, A 260

A327 Time-Based Media: Animation

Develop techniques for planning and creating time-based digital communications and art. Use design processes and aesthetic awareness in creative digital motion and animation projects. Generate and refine concepts. Continue to work with issues of idea development, audience, message, continuity, and narrative. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. Prerequisite: A 326

A328 Time-Based Media: Contemporary Issues

Continue to develop and apply skills in the creation of projects reflecting contemporary practices in time-based visual communications and art. Continue to work with issues of idea development, audience, message, continuity, and narrative. Focus on conceptual development, technical proficiencies, and aesthetic awareness. Includes software instruction and experience with technology connected to course goals. May be repeated for credit upon instructor’s approval. Prerequisite: A 327

A406W Art History Special Topics – History of Graphic Design

This survey course will examine the History of Graphic Design. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and describe major designers, their work, and specific design movements. Illustration, and other media, will be discussed as they relate to the field of Graphic Design.

A420 Print Design: Systems & Techniques

Work with professional design issues, such as: creating visual and verbal systems for a project with multiple presentation outcomes, executing projects professionally, preparing projects to go to press, designing appro­priately for audience and client, and the designer’s role in these relationships. Prerequisite: A 322

A421 Print Design: Expressive & Structural Design

With the increased understanding of professional practices in design, students explore more demanding is­sues related to typography, image, and audience. Emphasis on investigation and interpretation in the expres­sive possibilities of typography, focusing on processes, personal responses, and emotive results. Prerequi­site: A 420

A422 Print Design: Presentation & Contemporary Issues

Students will build awareness of current designers and what it means to be a graphic designer today. Stu­dents will analyze, conduct research, and expand upon previously completed work, as well as continue with new design projects. Discussions and projects will explore solutions beyond traditional print and screen ap­plications. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: A 421

A429 Portfolio & Professional Preparation

Preparation for professional practice in visual communication design. Career strategies, professional ethics, business practices, and preparation for portfolio presentation. Capstone experience for visual communica­tion design students includes oral presentation of each student’s portfolio. Prerequisite: A 322 or A324 or A 327, upper division standing

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