Graphics Courses

Graphic Communication

GC 63 - INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN PRINTING

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU, UC
Principles, basic methods and techniques of preparing handcut and photographic stencils, printing techniques, simple color separation, and equipment and material handling. Care, use, and safety precautions in operating and cleaning the silkscreen unit. Also listed as ART 63. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Designed to introduce the graphics major as well as the non-major to the broad field of graphic communications. Includes experience in design, press operations, and bindery, as well as hands-on-experience in each of the major printing processes, including offset lithography, letterpress, and screen printing. NR

GC 106 - ADVANCED SCREEN PRINTING

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Prerequisite: GC 63
Recommended Preparation: GD 140, 147, 149, 154
Advanced theory, methods and techniques of the screen printing process including both spot and process color separations, multiple color registration, screen construction and prep, alternative media and specialized ink systems. Emphasis placed on improving a student's basic printing technique to an advanced skill level. NR

GC 195 - GRAPHICS STUDIO

3 Units; 1 hour lecture; 4 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: GC/ART 63 and GC 101
For the advanced graphics student who requires actual production experience or additional training in a specific area. Skills will be enhanced by hands-on experience in the production of graphics in computer graphics, graphic communications, design or illustration/ animation. NR

GC 210 - LETTERPRESS

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
The traditional art of letterpress printing. Today many designers are returning to the craft of letterpress—printing from metal and wooden type and photopolymer plates—as a unique option to offset printing. Letterpress offers a tactile quality and nostalgic feel that can't be achieved with any other technique. NR

GC 215 - INTRODUCTION TO VEHICLE WRAP DESIGN AND APPLICATION

1 Unit; 0.5 hours lecture; 2 hours lab
A hands-on introduction to the basic principles of designing, printing, and applying large format vinyl film for vehicle wrapping. Course will cover design fundamentals, materials and equipment, printing procedures, and essential skills required to apply vehicle wraps. NR

Graphic Design

GD 1 - HISTORY OF ANIMATION

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC
A critical and historical survey of animation as a form of communication and cultural expression, from prehistoric origins to present digital formats. Animated works will be studied in relation to the culture and society in which they were created. Students will analyze and evaluate a large cross-section of animated works (formerly GD 155). NR

GD 2 - HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

3 Units; 3 hours lecture
Transfers: CSU, UC
A critical and historical survey of the development of graphic design, from the beginning of writing to contemporary design and designers. The influence of political, social, technological, commercial, and popular culture will be discussed and analyzed, with an emphasis on the impact and interpretation of images, symbols, and typography used in informative and persuasive media in relation to the culture in which they were created. Students will analyze and evaluate a large cross section of graphic design and designers. NR

GD 140 - BEGINNING GRAPHIC DESIGN

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Introduction to fundamentals of design concepts that explore organization of visual elements for graphic communication. Studio work will include traditional and computergenerated assignments in layout and typography. Designed to convey current concepts in the graphic design field. Also listed as ART 140. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GD 141 - GRAPHIC RENDERING TECHNIQUES

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Exploration of two-dimensional media for producing graphics and illustrations. Projects encourage development of illustration skills for a variety of design applications. Recognition and choice of techniques for translating concepts into accurate and compelling renderings. Also listed as ART 141. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GD 142 - PACKAGE DESIGN

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Introduction to traditional and computergenerated design and construction of threedimensional packaging, including labels, overwraps, printed cartons, and point-ofpurchase displays. Also listed as ART 142. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GD 144 - TYPOGRAPHY

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Basic principles of typography explored. Course is intended to provide the students with practical, formal, and communicative typographic skills. Instruction focuses on understanding the practical and analytical application of typography in graphic design and its critical evaluation. Emphasis is on developing strong typographic skills in students. Instruction focuses on problem solving and technical training while at the same time nurturing intuition and creativity. NR

GD 145 - GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Develop illustrations for advertising, informational, graphic, and editorial use. Design and apply illustrations with consideration for reproduction requirements. Illustrations will be done in line art, black and white, and limited and full color in select mediums. Also listed as ART 145. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GD 147 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER GRAPHICS

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Introductory computer graphics course which covers many aspects of computer-generated art and graphics. The student will use Macintosh computers and Adobe Creative Suite to assist in creating art and graphics using many different software programs applicable today for use in graphics. NR

GD 148 - DIGITAL GRAPHIC DESIGN

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: GD/ART 140 or GD 147
Introductory course for students interested in graphic design and the computer as used in design. Students are familiarized with the basic principles of the Macintosh computer as it relates specifically to graphic design. The course uses a range of software for layout and design. NR

GD 149 - DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Exploration of vector illustration software on the Macintosh computer. Work in black and white as well as color. Intended for those with experience in art and design. NR

GD 150 - DIGITAL ANIMATION

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: GD/ART 141, GD 147, 149
Introduction to Macintosh computer-based presentations of animation development as it relates to the design industry using Flash software. Computer-based presentations allow graphic designers, illustrators, and animators to breathe life into storyboards with sound and visual effects. NR

GD 151 - DIGITAL LAYOUT AND DESIGN

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
An introduction to layout design for print and web publishing that covers typography, layout theory, pre-press production methods and project management. Emphasizes practical development techniques to produce digital visual images efficiently. Software instruction uses industry standard design software. NR

GD 154 - DIGITAL PRE-PRESS

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: GD 147 and 151
Introductory course for students interested in the Macintosh computer's capability, along with digital printers, to input pre-press information including color separation. Study production techniques as they relate to the computer and its output devices. Scanning images for correct output DPI is covered. NR

GD 160 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: GD 140
Learn the pragmatic essentials of working as a freelance graphic designer. Course topics address professional requirements and procedures to launch and maintain successful graphic design practice, including portfolio development, presentation techniques, client relationships, marketing, implementing an accounting system, and establishing a legal entity. NR

GD 180 - GRAPHIC DESIGN CONCEPTS FOR MOBILE DEVICES

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Transfers: CSU
Recommended Preparation: GD 140
Introductory course for graphic designers interested in designing effective graphical interfaces for applications (apps) for smart phones and tablets. Emphasis will be placed on graphic design principles as they apply to designing user interfaces for mobile device apps. Industry standard software will be employed to develop basic applications that run on a variety of operating systems. NR

GD 200 - PHOTOSHOP SKILLS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Designed to help graphic designers master professional studio techniques including custom typographic treatments and special photographic effects in Adobe Photoshop. Emphasizes technical proficiency and aesthetic judgment. Students will develop creative projects using a broad range of skills. NR

GD 210 - MOTION GRAPHICS

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Introduction to the tools and basic principles of creating motion graphics, the future of graphic design in the digital age. Today's graphic design is increasingly viewed on cell phones, computer monitors, and other digital video systems. Motion graphics is the new language of graphic design combining moving images and typography, special effects, and sound. In this introductory course the student will develop a command of Adobe After Effects software to produce impressive and effective motion graphics for advertising and informational uses. Planning, production, and the aesthetic issues of 2-D animation are covered. NR

GD 240 - INTERMEDIATE GRAPHIC DESIGN

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: GD 140
Study of design concepts to explore organization of visual elements to graphics. Studio work will include layout and production of designed formats (magazine ads, logos, TV storyboard, newspapers and ads) and conceptualization techniques in the graphic design field, as well as portfolio preparation. Also listed as ART 240. Credit given in either area, not both. NR

GD 249 - BIOMEDICAL ILLUSTRATION

3 Units; 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: GD 149 AND 200
Explore and create conceptualized illustrations and diagrammatic illustrations created to foster communication between scientist and author, teach and student, or physician and patient. Create work that transforms complex information and data into images that explain, inform, and record scientific research and discoveries. Emphasizes the use of vector and raster illustration tools in the creation of instructive biomedical media. NR