Graphic Design Technology

Courses

GDT 1201. Introduction To Page Layout. 3 hrs.

In this class students will produce a variety of single-page and multi-page documents. They will learn to set and format type, work with paragraph styles, import images from Illustrator and Photoshop, define and apply color, apply graphic effects, create PDF's and package files for printing. Please note: students must have previous experience working on a Mac or PC platform. Prerequisite: The student should know how to use the mouse to point and click, and how to drag items around the screen. The student should know how to resize a window, and how to arrange windows on the desktop to maximize the space available. The student should know how to access pull-down menus and how check boxes work. Lastly, the student should know how to create, open and save files. Experience on either platform (Mac or PC) is required.

GDT 1202. Photoshop I for Graphic Design. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to this image editing software for printing and Web design. Students will learn the basics of this program in a step-by-step format on the Macintosh platform. This is a cross-platform course so students using Intel-based systems running Windows will also benefit from this instruction. Prerequisite: The student should know how to use the mouse to point and click, and how to drag items around the screen. She/he should know how to resize a window, and how to arrange windows on the desktop to maximize the space you have available. She/he should know how to access pull-down menus and how check boxes work. Lastly, the student should know how to create, open and save files. Experience on either platform (Mac or PC) is required.

GDT 1203. Printing Technology. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to the history and technology of the printing process. This course will give students a better understanding of what happens to their digital layout during the printing process. The basic concepts of traditional prepress are reviewed as well as digital terminology and digital prepress concepts.

GDT 1204. Web Design for Graphic Design. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to professional Web site management and page creation. Students will learn the basic program in a step-by-step format on the Macintosh platform.

GDT 1205. Introduction To Social Media Marketing. 1 hr.

This class is intended for professionals in marketing, web design and development, graphic design, journalism, visual communications, customer service, and others who want to understand and implement social media more effectively. It is also aimed to help businesses set up and run profitable social media campaigns. This is an introduction to the social web and current, popular tools and topics. While an individual's interests in and goals for using social media will be varied and perhaps specific this class will provide the student with a working knowledge of the tools and address questions, concerns, and possible misconceptions of their use in the everyday workplace. Lecture: one hour per week.

GDT 1207. Digital Photography. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to digital photography and is designed to take the photographer from auto to manual settings. The class will cover the terminology and fundamentals of photography. Students will be required to use manual settings on their cameras to create digital images for class critiques and projects. A digital camera with manual mode and ISO, aperture and shutter control, memory card for camera, and a USB flash drive are required for this course. Lecture: 3 hours per week.

GDT 1208. Introduction To Facebook. 1 hr.

This course is an introduction to the most popular social networking vehicle. Students will explore Facebook's role in marketing. Students will set up a Facebook profile and adhere to best practices. Students will also explore how Facebook may be used by businesses and non-profits to generate meaningful posts and status updates to build and maintain a business community. Information will be provided about ads, analytics and how to assess the performance of the competition. Lecture: one hour per week.

GDT 1222. Introduction To Illustrator. 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator. The program is an industry standard in the graphic arts and produces vector artwork. This is a cross-platform course so students using Intel-based systems running Windows will also benefit from this instruction.

GDT 2006. Visual Communications I. 3 hrs.

Introduction to Design in Advertising. A studio course in layout, lettering, mechanical skills and studio preparation for graphic production; survey of reproduction processes. Lecture, one hour per week; laboratory, four hours per week. Prerequisite: DSN 1000 and DRW 1000.

GDT 2202. Photoshop II. 3 hrs.

This course is an advanced class in Adobe Photoshop for Graphic Design. In this class the students will build on their existing knowledge of the programs expanding creative techniques and pursue production setup. This is a cross-platform course so students using Intel-based systems running Windows will also benefit from this instruction. Prerequisite: GDT 1202 or CSG 1202.

GDT 2205. Graphic Design Internship I. 1 hr.

The student will relate academic studies to the world of work, become familiar with the career of graphic design, apply the principles and theories learned in classroom experiences, establish learning outcomes, and prepare related reports. Application of materials and skills learned in prior classes will be the focus of this internship. Prerequisite: Students must complete at least one full semester of the Graphic Design courses (GDT 1201, GDT 1202, DRW 1000, DSN 1000) as outlined in the student guide sheet and have a minimum of a C average in graphic classes and the consent of the program director.

GDT 2206. Graphic Design Internship II. 1 hr.

The student will relate academic studies to the world of work, become familiar with the career of graphic design, apply the principles and theories learned in classroom experiences, establish learning outcomes, and prepare related reports. Application of materials and skills learned in prior classes will be the focus of this internship. Prerequisite: Students must complete at least one full semester of the Graphic Design courses (GDT 1201, GDT 1202, DRW 1000, DSN 1000) as outlined in the student guide sheet and have a minimum of a C average in graphic classes and the consent of the program director.

GDT 2207. Graphic Design Internship III. 1 hr.

The student will relate academic studies to the world of work, become familiar with the career of graphic design, apply the principles and theories learned in classroom experiences, establish learning outcomes, and prepare related reports. Application of materials and skills learned in prior classes will be the focus of this internship. Prerequisite: Students must complete at least one full semester of the Graphic Design courses (GDT 1201, GDT 1202, DRW 1000, DSN 1000) as outlined in the student guide sheet and have a minimum of a C average in graphic design classes and the consent of the program director.

GDT 2211. Design Solutions I. 4 hrs.

This is a student staffed in-house design studio course. Participants will work on real life assignments from many areas including jobs from Illinois Valley Community College, not-for-profit groups, and area businesses in the Apple Mac Lab. The student will relate academic studies to the world of work, become familiar with their career, apply the principles and theories learned in classroom experiences, establish learning outcomes, and prepare related reports. Prerequisite: GDT 1201, GDT 1202, GDT 1222, and GDT 2006.

GDT 2214. Multimedia I. 3 hrs.

Students will explore theories, elements, and hardware/software components of multimedia. Topics include digital image editing, digital sound and video editing, animation, web page development, and interactive presentations. Emphasis is on conceptualizing and producing effective multimedia.

GDT 2216. Visual Communications II. 3 hrs.

This course is an advanced class in Visual Communications. The student will review the design procedures and gain advanced knowledge in the principles of design and develop solutions for advanced design problems. Prerequisite: GDT 2006.

GDT 2221. Graphic Design Solutions II. 4 hrs.

This is the advanced level of the student staffed in-house design studio course. Participants will continue to work on real life assignments from many areas including jobs from IVCC, not-for-profit groups, and area business in the Mac lab. The students will relate academic studies to the world of work, become familiar with their careers in graphic design, apply the principles and theories learned in clssroom experiences, establish learning outcomes, and prepare related reports. They will also prepare a professional portfolio and resume for a job search. Prerequisite: GDT 2211, GDT 2202, and GDT 2232.

GDT 2232. Illustrator II. 3 hrs.

This course is advanced instruction on Adobe Illustrator. The program is an industry standard in the graphic arts field and produces vector artwork. This is a cross-platform course so students using Intel-based systems running Windows will also benefit from this instruction. Prerequisite: GDT 1222.