Graphic Design Technology (GDT)

Graphic Design Technology

Course Information Cr Hrs
GDT-105 Graphic Design I

This is an introductory course that focuses on development of visual concepts and the basic design principles and elements of visual communication. Emphasis will be on the creative process, typography, color systems, and imagery through different forms of communication. Labs provide industry standard software for hands-on application.

GDT-115 Typography

This course will address the language of type and its effective use.  Emphasis on exploration of typographic structures, terminology and methods for visual communication.

GDT-122 Page Layout Design

This course is a study of the art of organizing typography, graphics and imagery.  Using industry standard software the student will build publication designs with a specific message for a defined audience.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 105 and GDT 115
GDT-125 Digital Illustration

This is a course that focuses on the art of illustration. The emphasis will be creating visual illustrations that communicate a specific message to a defined audience.

 Prerequisite: GDT 105
GDT-130 Production Practicum

This course provides a technical hands-on experience in all phases of production shop. Students work under the supervision of the production manager and the printing/graphics design technology instructor.

 Prerequisite: GDT 110 or concurrent enrollment.
GDT-138 Comic Book Art and Design

This course is a study and exploration of the various methodologies, techniques, and tools used to create sequential graphic art in support of clear storytelling and communication. The student will apply these elements to create comic book pages, focusing on clear and concise layouts/designs.

GDT-142 Digital Story Design

This course will focus on developing compositions for storytelling and output through digital imagery and color schemes.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 105
GDT-143 Animation

This course will introduce the principles of drawing and the creation of characters to convey movement and emotions.

 Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 105
GDT-144 T-shirt Design

This course will focus on creating color concepts for color processing to various mediums.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 105
GDT-160 Digital Photography

This course provides an introduction to the tools, procedures, concepts and application of photographic imaging.  Students will use digital cameras to make images to meet the requirements of a series of assignments designed to develop specific skills, competencies and points of view and to stimulate the students' creative capacities for communication, basic design and composition theory, image preparation and enhancement for publication.

GDT-165 Image Editing

This course is a study and exploration of technical methods and manipulation of imagery to create visual solutions to communicate and support advertising goals.  The student will apply principles of advertising to create holistic solutions, focusing on visual components for advertising scenarios.

 Prerequisites: GDT 105 and GDT 115
GDT-218 Graphic Production

Through theory and application students will learn how publication papers and inks are made and how to effectively incorporate them into graphic design.  This course will provide a foundation for selection of paper grades and their uses.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 105, GDT 115, GDT 122 and GDT 165. GDT 165 can be taken concurrently.
GDT-230 Graphic Design II

Design methodology, problem-solving, the relationship of visual form to meaning, type/image relationships are key aspects of this course.  The student will explore and apply the rules of graphic design for various print publications.

 Prerequisites: GDT 105, GDT 115, GDT 125, GDT 148, GDT 165
GDT-248 Publication Design

This course will focus on imposition, creating, preflighting, and releasing designs for publication.  Labs provide industry standard software for hands-on application.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 105,GDT 115, GDT 122, GDT 165
GDT-250 Web Page Design

This course will explore the process of planning, designing and building a professional Web site.  Topics will include pre-production planning; creating detailed site maps, design plans, and Web site creation.

 GDT 105, GDT 115, GDT 165
GDT-255 Motion Graphic Design

This course develops the basic skills and processes of creating motion graphics necessary to produce titles and 2-d animation.  It combines animation; special effects, images, video, and text logos.  Students will learn and experience story telling and animation for current venues.

 Prerequisites: GDT 105, 115 and GDT 125
GDT-275 Portfolio Design and Professional Practices

Developing and choosing the right pieces to include in the portfolio and presenting art work are crucial skills for a Graphic Designer. In this course, the student will learn to set career goals, write a creative resume, select and prepare pieces for a portfolio, develop self-promotional materials and practice communication skills to prepare for the job interview.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in GDT 160, GDT 230 or concurrent, GDT 248 or concurrent, GDT 250 or concurrent, GDT 255 or concurrent
GDT-290 Co-Operative Ed/Intern/Related Elective

This course entails supervised work experience in the major field, which provides the opportunity to make practical application of the knowledge and skills attained through coursework. An individualized instructional management plan will determine goals to be accomplished. Seminars may also be required.

 Prerequisites: Completion of 30 credit hours and 2.0 GPA, or advisorís approval. Please see the Department Chair of the specific program area for application.
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