May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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GDSN 250 - Graphic Design I

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an introduction to the principles of Graphic Design that can be applied in photography, painting, and fine arts. The course covers the fundamentals of graphic design with an emphasis on creative problem solving. Students will learn composition, color theory, models and schemes, design components, typography and terminology, resolution, design basics to prepare for web, the marketing process including branding, standard business practices, contracts and ethical guidelines for the graphic arts industry. Students work on critical thinking skills by completing visual problem-solving exercises. This is an introductory course so assignments done on a computer will not be required. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Demonstrate ability to deliver an effective, short presentation of your work.
  • Understand and be able to produce a clear visual communication.
  • Explore the evolution of typeface and understand best practices.
  • Recognize and be able to use methods of simplifying a message.
  • Understand basic color theory, schemes and recognize the power/moods of basic color combinations.
  • Grasp some understanding of resolution in both printing and on the computer as well as different color methods.
  • Apply basic design in computer based outcomes.
  • Express, interpret, or modify ideas to communicate effectively.

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