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Administrative Unit: Visual Arts and Music
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 216
Course Title: Graphic Design I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 6
Catalog Description:

The study and application of the fundamentals of graphic design including history, theory and practice. The course brings together a blend of the aesthetic principles of design and hands-on computer-based production skills. Students are introduced to Adobe Illustrator. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites ARTS 140.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ARTS 140: 2-Dimensional Design

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Thinking with Type: a critical guide for designers, writers, editors, & students
By Ellen Lupton (Princeton Architectural Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate technical skills in the use of graphic design and illustration software.
  2. Create designs that communicate effectively and artistically with type.
  3. Create print layouts that communicate information through appropriate and creative manipulation of design elements.
  4. Create imaginative and appropriate illustrations using traditional art studio techniques.
  5. Describe the publication process from initial design to printed document. 
  6. Demonstrate strong graphic design and typography vocabulary.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Introduction to graphic software - Adobe Illustrator
  • Figure/ground composition
  • System design and color theory
  • Incorporating hand lettering and drawing into design compositions
  • Typographic hierarchy in posters and book layout
  • Grid structures and layout design
  • Typographic identification and vocabulary

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Danielle Langdon Date: April 14, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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