Graphic Design

Course Number: CAS 235
Transcript Title: Graphic Design
Created: May 15, 2018
Updated: July 10, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Course Description

Provides an overview of practical and effective design processes. Develops skills in digital illustration, page layout, image-scanning, image manipulation, digital printing processes and photography. Prerequisites: CAS 230. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use different design application software.
  2. Apply practical and effective design principles and concepts to projects
  3. Create original artwork using appropriate tools, color theory and typography
  4. Demonstrate creative expression using digital media that shows a basic technological proficiency with industry standard hardware, software and protocols applicable to the computer graphics industry. 
  5. Define and appreciategraphic design as a profession. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: objective tests or quizzes, scored assignments, related projects, class discussion participation and/or journal reflections

Texts and Materials

Suggested book: Design Workshop, 2nd edition. $35.00 (sp. 2014)

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Some design production related tasks:
    • import images and use those images in various applications
    • draw and illustrate using computer software
    • complete single and multiple-page layouts
  • Create projects using design application software
  • Apply design concepts and principles (layout, typography, color theory, printing, file format, fonts)
  • Web design principles (navigation, color for the web, idea folder, file formats)
  • Resources for clip art, picture fonts, photos, backgrounds, borders, etc.
  • Editing software to alter clip art, color, shadows, size, cropping, special effects, etc.
  • Challenges and how to handle them (budget, timeline, customers, approaches, solution, options, external factors, communications)
  • Graphic design profession
  • Developing own design with logos, branding, invoices, advertising, emailing’s, billboards, web sites, table of contents.