Graphic Design & Digital Imaging Certificate Program - Prior to Summer 2014

Please note, the graphic design certificate program course numbers have been changed, effective Fall 2014. Instead of using the 70.xxx course number prefix, these courses will all use a prefix of "GRFX". If you are a current Graphic Design Certificate Student who has taken these courses under the old numbering system, and if you are having any difficulty registering in isis for the newly numbered courses, please contact Amy_Yacus@uml.edu. Isis should be able to recognize the courses you took previously as prerequisites, but just in the event you encounter problems registering for your next courses, please let Amy know.

Required Courses: (6)

70.210 Graphic Design I / Intro to Graphic Design - Available Summer 2014!
70.240 Fundamentals of Typography - Available Summer 2014!
70.245 Desktop Publishing: Layout and Production - Available Summer 2014!
70.262 Digital Imaging and Photography: Photoshop® - Available Summer 2014!
70.310 Advanced Graphic Design - Available Summer 2014!
70.400 Portfolio Production Seminar - Available Summer 2014!

Electives - Choose 3:

70.264 Computer Graphics & Illustration
70.362 Advanced Digital Imaging*
70.376 3D Computer Animation*
70.377 Advanced Animation: After Effects®*
70.220 Website Design - Available Summer 2014!
70.320 Advanced Website Design and Development - Available Summer 2014!
70.392 Design for Advertising*
90.230 Introduction to Multimedia
90.231 Graphics for Multimedia and the World Wide Web - Available Summer 2014!
90.238 Website Development: Microsoft® Expression® Web - Available Summer 2014!
90.247 Web Authoring: Flash® - Available Summer 2014!

* not available online.

 

Course Descriptions Prior to Summer 2014

70.210 Graphic Design I / Intro to Graphic Design

Exercises, lectures and projects will introduce students to graphic design principles and techniques. Course will begin with a fundamental study of image, form, and space relations, then cover such topics as working with grids, typography basics, page layout, the introduction of color, rendering techniques, history, and more. Students will be assigned a series of projects to enhance their visual communication skills. Formerly 70.291. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Basic computer proficiency; requires access to Adobe InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator CC. Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.220 Website Design

This course will focus on the creation of visual content for the web and will explore what constitutes a visually exciting and engaging site. Other topics that will be covered are: file formats, compression, web color strategies, and platform standards. Basic familiarity with Mac OS and/or Windows platforms required. Formerly 70.379. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Basic HTML and Photoshop familiarity required. Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.240 Fundamentals of Typography

Studies lettering concepts, techniques, and the creative use of type in visual communication. Emphasis will be placed upon the history of type design and its context within the graphic design industry. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Macintosh proficiency. Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.245 Desktop Publishing: Layout and Production

Introduces students to the complexities involved in preparing their designs for print: electronic page layout and design, proofing, specifying inks, trapping, cropping, overprinting, printing separations, proofing, and more. Students will learn about the differences between preparing their design work electronically or manually and will learn more about the different printing processes that are available. Printing terminologies and printing industry standards will be covered. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.291 or 70.210 Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.262 Digital Imaging and Photography: Photoshop®

This course will offer the student a transition between traditional photographic imaging and digital photographic imaging. The course will cover the fundamentals of digital scanning, digital capture and image manipulation. Image preparation for other media will also be explored. Basic familiarity with the Mac OS and/or Windows platforms required. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Basic Macintosh or Basic Windows proficiency. Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.264 Computer Graphics & Illustration

Students will produce a number of illustrations, starting with the traditional approach to illustration and then rendering their concepts using computer illustration and imaging software. Topics include methods for rendering artwork, capturing an expressive illustrative style, and portraying different moods or messages within the illustration. Students will learn to illustrate effectively using the many tools available to them within several software applications. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Basic Macintosh/Windows familiarity Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.310 Advanced Graphic Design

Students will be assigned a variety of advanced-level projects dealing with areas such as logo design, publication design, interactive screen design, direct mail projects, corporate identity systems, poster design, and more. Projects in this class are designed to better develop the students' ability to take a project to its final stage and render it as a professional portfolio piece. Formerly 70.391. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.291 or 70.210, 70.240, and 70.245 or permission of instructor Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.320 Advanced Website Design and Development

This advanced-level course is designed for students who have completed Website Development (90.238) and Website Design (70.220). The course will cover advanced topics such as user-centered design, information architecture, testing, and usage analysis. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their design, development, and conceptualization skills. Formerly 70.384. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.379 or 70.220 Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.362 Advanced Digital Imaging

Students will continue to develop their creative conceptualization skills and practice using advanced-level techniques in Photoshop as they create a number of visually compelling images. Projects will address visual problem solving for commercial applications and digital imaging as an emerging medium in fine art. Students should have basic knowledge of Photoshop and design composition skills prior to registering for this course. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.262 or comparable knowledge. Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.376 3D Computer Animation

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer generated 3D modeling and animation. the emphasis will be on virtual sculpting, digital cinematography as well as the fundamental process of animation production including script & concept development, storyboarding, modeling, animating, rendering and post-production. Various independent short animations will be screened for aesthetic and critical inquiry along with the lectures dedicated to the production techniques. The course will also introduce the student to historical and contemporary perspectives related to the discipline. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.264 or 90.231 or instructor permission. Special Notes: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BA/BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.377 Advanced Animation: After Effects®

This advanced-level course is designed for students who have completed 3D Computer Animation and who are interested in exploring the narrative possibilities in animation. Conceptual drawings and storyboarding will be required. The course will cover advanced sequencing, motion paths, editing, audio, and virtual environments. Special effects compositing will be introduced. Other course topics will include media preparation for output to film, video, and CD-ROM. Basic familiarity with Mac OS and/or Windows platforms required. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.376. Special Notes: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BA/BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.392 Design for Advertising

Instruction in lettering and layout of commercial media as well as in the creative aspects of advertising are an integral part of the course. Practical problems and technical guidance from preliminary layouts to finished work will help prepare students for the commercial art field. Students will prepare an advertising campaign concept and translate it into a professionally designed commercial series for use in their portfolios. This course will focus on the integration of design with the overall advertising message. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.291, 70.240, and 70.264 or permission of instructor. Special Notes: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BA/BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

70.400 Portfolio Production Seminar

This course is designed to help students to organize their work into a professional package and prepare it for presentation. Students may decide to rework existing portfolio pieces or complete additional design projects to enhance their existing portfolios and fully demonstrate their design capabilities. Mock interviews will be conducted in which students will have an opportunity to discuss their work. Includes an end-of-semester portfolio review. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 70.291 or 70.210, 70.240, 70.245 and 70.391 or 70.310, or permission of instructor Special Notes: Graphic Design & Web Students: Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html for the latest Adobe Creative Cloud student subscription information. Student pricing may be available to you from Adobe with proof of your student status (ie. your semester schedule, which you can access at isis.uml.edu). NOTE: This course will not transfer directly into the Art Department's BFA day school degree program, but certain two-course clusters may be accepted for transfer upon department approval.

90.230 Introduction to Multimedia

Provides participants with an overview of multimedia and its professional applications in training, education, marketing, and entertainment. Scanning images, digitizing video and audio, and exploring the design and production of interactive multimedia are the focus of this class. Includes technical/hardware considerations and production procedures pertinent to interactive multimedia. 3 credits. Prerequisite: P: Basic Macintosh or Windows proficiency

90.231 Graphics for Multimedia and the World Wide Web

The focus of this class is on the basic components of shape, color, texture, typography, and images as they are applied to multimedia and web interface design. Other topics covered include scanning, image editing, resolution and color palettes. Students will work on projects that integrate elements such as buttons, navigation bars, and background images to communicate creative visual information. Photoshop will be used. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 90.230 Special Notes: Formerly Graphics for Multimedia

90.238 Website Development: Microsoft® Expression® Web

This course focuses on the design, development, and implementation of websites using available visual development tools. Each participant will design, build, and maintain their own websites. Topics covered include: basic navigational structure; page layout incorporating tables and frames; graphical design and placement; image maps; streaming audio and video; and basic website administration. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 90.291; 90.231 recommended Special Notes: A PC/Windows Operating System is strongly recommended; Microsoft Expression Web/Windows may also be run on a Mac but responsibility for this configuration rests entirely on the student.

90.247 Web Authoring: Flash®

This course will demonstrate how to use web authoring applications to create cutting-edge interface, navigation, and streaming animation. Using open standard vector formatting, you can create interactive capabilities on the web similar to CD-ROM screens. Learn how to use drawing tools to create websites that include sound, clickable buttons, interactivity, and exciting animations. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 90.230 or 90.231 helpful; programming familiarity

 

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