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Program Contacts

Program Director Lauren McCrea (928) 717-7616
Instructional Specialist Demi Anderson (928) 776-2035
Instructional Specialist Michelle Peters (928) 776-2035
Dean Craig Ralston (928) 776-2311

Quick Facts


About the Graphic Design Technician Certificate

Completion of this program of study prepares students for entry-level employment in printing and design firms.

Students will develop technical competencies in print, digital imaging, and website design using Adobe Creative Suite. Application of basic design principles.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Graphic Design Technician Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Employ Adobe Creative Suite Software. (ART 130, ART 131, ART 132, ART 137, ART 154, ART 231, ART 236)
  2. Work independently or as part of a team to successfully complete graphic design projects. (ART 130, ART 131, ART 132, ART 137, ART 231, ART 236)
  3. Develop creative solutions to visual problems. (ART 110, ART 112, ART 130, ART 131, ART 132, ART 137, ART 154, ART 231, ART 236)
  4. Use typography in design solutions. (ART 130, ART 131, ART 132, ART 231)
  5. Identify, analyze, synthesize and communicate design principles. (ART 110, ART 112, ART 130, ART 131, ART 132, ART 137, ART 154, ART 231, ART 236)
  6. Articulate traditional and non-traditional art examples and how those examples affect popular visual literacy. (ART 110, ART 112, ART 130, ART 131, ART 132, ART 137, ART 231)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
ART110 Drawing I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 110. Drawing I (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoART 1111. Perspective and visual perception studied as related to developing artistic visual growth in perceiving our environment. Emphasis on analysis of objects and their compositional placement within pictorial construction. Application of design principles. One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Drawing skills
a. Perspective
b. Foreshortening
c. Plastic space/modeling
d. Figure-ground
e. Chiaroscuro
2. Visual literacy and aesthetic
a. Visual memory
b. Analysis and study of forms
c. Visual vocabulary
3. Formal elements and principles of design
4. Historical and contemporary art examples
5. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply various perspective techniques.
2. Identify and use foreshortening..
3. Produce plastic space and modeling.
4. Use chiaroscuro technique.
5. Identify, memorize and transfer visual information to the page.
6. Analyze forms.
7. Develop a visual vocabulary
8. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design.
9. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
10. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART112 Two-Dimensional Design

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 112. Two-Dimensional Design (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoART 1112 . Introduction to visual language utilized in all areas of art. Basic compositional principles and elements of two-dimensional design practiced through assigned projects. Various media explored. Application of design principles. Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Creative process
2. Application of design principles
a. Unity and variety
b. Rhythm
c. Balance
d. Emphasis and focal point
e. Proportion and scale
3. Application of design elements
a. Shape and volume
b.Space
c. Line
d. Texture
e. Light
f. Color
g. Time
h. Value
4. Two-dimensional art media tools
5. Formal elements and principles of design
6. Historical and contemporary art examples
7. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Define and employ the steps of the creative process. (1)
2. Use design principles to develop two-dimensional works of art. (2)
a. Unity and variety
b. Rhythm
c. Balance
d. Emphasis and focal point
e. Proportion and scale
3. Use design elements to develop two-dimensional works of art. (3)
a. Shape and volume
b. Space
c. Line
d. Texture
e. Color
f. Value
4. Use art media and tools to create two-dimensional works of art. (4)
5. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (5)
6. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of teh fine rts or crafts. (6)
7. Use media specifric terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (7)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART130 Web Site Design I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 130. Web Site Design I (3) (Fall). Introduction to design and production of Web pages for publishing on the Internet using Adobe Creative Suite software. Application of design principles. This course is cross-listed with WEB 130. Prerequisite: ART 137 (may be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. HTML
2. Web-safe colors
3. Tour interface
4. Site management
5. Site plan
6. Web images
7. Links and anchors
8. Cascading styles and tables
9. Dreamweaver software skills
10. Formal elements and principles of design
11. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts
12. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Develop web pages using HTML. (1)
2. Develop studies using Adobe Photoshop web-safe color (2)
3. Identify the main elements of the Windows/Mac web interface. (3, 9)
4. Construct a site with local root folder. (4, 9)
5. Implement the three phases of web design (5, 9)
a. information
b. interaction
c. presentation
6. Optimize images using Adobe Photoshop. (6)
7. Use web page functions to enter and format information on a web page. (7, 9)
8. Define the structure on a web page utilizing cascading styles and tables. (8)
9. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (10)
10. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (11)
11. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (12)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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OR WEB130 Web Site Design I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
WEB 130. Web Site Design (3) (Fall). Introduction to design and production of Web pages for publishing on the Internet using Adobe Creative Suite software. Application of design principles. This course is cross-listed with ART 130. Prerequisite: ART 137 (may be taken concurrently). Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. HTML
2. Web-safe colors
3. Tour interface
4. Site management
5. Site plan
6. Web images
7. Links and anchors
8. Cascading styles and tables
9. Dreamweaver software skills
10. Application of principles and elements of design
11. Introduction to traditional, historical or contemporary examples of art
12. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Develop web pages using HTML. (1)
2. Develop studies using Adobe Photoshop web-safe color (2)
3. Identify the main elements of the Windows/Mac web interface. (3, 9)
4. Construct a site with local root folder. (4, 9)
5. Implement the three phases of web design (5, 9)
a. information
b. interaction
c. presentation
6. Optimize images using Adobe Photoshop. (6)
7. Use web page functions to enter and format information on a web page. (7, 9)
8. Define the structure on a web page utilizing cascading styles and tables. (8)
9. Identify, analyze and synthesize principles and elements of design. (10)
10. Recognize traditional, historical or contemporary examples of art. (11)
11. Use media design terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (12)

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ART131 Graphic Design I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 131. Graphic Design I (4) (Fall). Creative solutions to problems of visual communication. Skill development in basic advertising layout and design. Basic typography and comprehensive roughs using Adobe Creative Suite Software. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 112 (may be taken concurrently). One lecture. Seven lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Basic type elements and terminology
2. Type as a design element
3. Client needs
4. Graphic design concepts
5. Design process
6. Adobe InDesign software skills
7. Comprehensive roughs
8. Introduction to print industry
9. Digital output
10. Formal elements and principles of design
11. Historical and contemporary art examples
12. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Use typography as an artistic element in design solutions. (1)
2. Use typography as a technical element in design solutions. (2, 6)
3. Determine and analyze client needs. (3)
4. Solve visual problems in the graphic design field. (4, 6)
5. Formulate solutions to visual problems by producing thumbnail sketches and comprehensive roughs. (5, 6)
6. Use Adobe InDesign as the primary tool to produce graphic design layouts. (6, 7)
7. Review, discuss and evaluate practices in the print industry. (8)
8. Prepare files for digital output. (6, 9)
9. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (10)
10. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (11)
11. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (12)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluations of art and artifacts.

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ART132 Graphic Design II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 132. Graphic Design II (4) (Spring). Creative solutions to advanced problems of visual communication. Skill development in advertising, logos, advanced layout and packaging using Adobe Creative Suite software. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 131. One lecture. Seven lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Advertisement layout
2. Logos and trademarks
3. Packaging
4. Magazine covers and spreads
5. Advanced Adobe InDesign software skills
6. Print Industry
7. Advanced Digital output
8. Formal elements and principles of design
9. Historical and contemporary art examples
10. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Produce client specific newspaper advertising. (1,5)
2. Create and execute advanced illustrations and designs using two or more Adobe Creative Suite programs. (2, 3, 5)
3. Design, plan and execute visual concept with product focus. (3, 5)
4. Solve visual problems and employ design concepts as a team member. (4, 5)
5. Review, discuss and evaluate practices in the print industry. (6)
6. Prepare files for digital output. (7)
7. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (8)
8. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (9)
9. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (10)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART137 Adobe Photoshop I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 137. Adobe Photoshop I (3). Digital image fundamentals. Technical and creative use of Adobe® Photoshop® image manipulation software. Use of peripheral commercial hardware and software for image capture. Application of design principles. Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Digital image fundamentals
2. Adobe® Photoshop® software program
3. Digital image capture
4. Digital image import
5. Digital image export
6. Digital image manipulation
7. Digital image composition
8. Digital image output processes
9. Formal elements and principles of design
10. Historical and contemorary art examples
11. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Articulate compositional elements of the digital image.
2. Use the functions of the Adobe Photoshop image manipulation program.
3. Convert images to a digital format using scanning hardware and software.
4. Import elements into an Adobe Photoshop document.
5. Export Adobe Photoshop images to other software programs.
6. Manipulate and enhance digital images.
7. Plan, design and execute an original digital image project.
8. Output digital images to a printer or electronic file.
9. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design.
10. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
11. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART154 Digital Photo I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 154. Beginning Digital Photography (3). Creative digital camera operation. Identifying, measuring and controlling light values. Digital darkroom techniques, workflow applications and output processes. Application of design principles. Requires a Digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera with manually adjustable aperture, shutter speed, and focus. Prerequisite: ART 137 (may be taken concurrently). One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Photographic vocabulary
2. SLR Digital camera operation
3. Aperture and shutter speed
4. Lens focal length
5. Depth of field
6. Motion
7. Light measurement
8. Properties of light, direction, diffusion, temperature
9. Properties of digital sensors
10. Resolution and its relationship to image capture and output
11. Image capture formats
12. Image editing formats
13. Optional digital capture methods
14. File management workflow
15. Camera Raw editing workflow
16. Photoshop editing workflow
17. Image print output
18. Image web output
19. Model release and copyright issues
20. Recordkeeping and organization
21. Formal elements and principles of design
22. Historical and contemporary art examples
23. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze photographic images and describe the technical and aesthetic characteristics. (1)
2. Use a manual, fully adjustable SLR digital camera. (2)
3. Ascertain correct aperture and shutter speed exposure combinations. (3)
4. Identify the effect of various focal length lenses on the photographic image. (4)
5. Vary the depth of field using aperture settings for visual effect. (5)
6. Control motion using shutter speed settings for visual impact. (6)
7. Identify and measure properties of light and explain their effects on exposure and visual impact. (7)
8. Compose light values as significantly as subjects. (8)
9. Explain the differences between various digital sensors and their effects on image capture. (9)
10. Illustrate the proper determination of image resolution for digital input and output. (10)
11. Identify image capture formats and explain their uses. (11)
12. Identify image editing formats and explain their uses. (12)
13. Use optional digital capture methods to acquire digital images. (13)
14. Establish a file management workflow to facilitate image archiving. (14)
15. Employ Camera Raw editing workflow techniques to manipulate and enhance digital images. (15)
16. Employ Photoshop editing workflow techniques to manipulate and enhance digital images. (16)
17. Optimize digital images for print output. (17)
18. Optimize digital images for web output. (18)
19. Document model releases and copyright protections. (19)
20. Document industry standards i record keeping and organization. (20)
21. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (21)
22. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (22)
23. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (23)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART231 Graphic Design Illustration

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 231. Graphic Design Illustration (4) (Spring). Contemporary styles in editorial, story, and advertising illustration. Skill development in information graphics, figure illustration and product design using Adobe Creative Suite software. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 110 or ART 112. One lecture. Seven lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Information graphics
2. Figure illustration
3. Book cover illustration
4. Editorial illustration
5. Product design
6. Adobe illustrator software skills
7. Formal elements and principles of design
8. Historical and contemporary art examples
9. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Design, render and execute information graphics using Adobe Illustrator as the primary tool to produce graphic design layout. (1,6)
2. Produce a series of illustrations that reflect various artistic techniques to express the aspects of personalities. (2,6)
3. Design, render and execute illustrations and designs for a book cover. (3, 6)
4. Design and execute editorial illustrations. (4,6)
5. Research, analyze and execute advanced illustrations and designs that use two or more Adobe CreativeSuite programs for product design development. (5,6)
6. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (7)
7. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (8)
8. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (9)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART236 Digital Pre-Press

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 236. Digital Pre-Press (2) (Spring). Preparation of computer files for submission to a digital and offset printer. Emphasis on final output and terminology. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 132. Two lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Pre-press workflow and terminology
2. Color-file management
3. Preflight and repair of Adobe InDesign files
4. Paper, binding, and finishing
5. Press-ready files
6. Adobe InDesign advanced skills
7. Formal elements and principles of design
8. Historical and contemporary art examples
9. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Create a multi-page publication for offset printing. (1-7)
2. Create final Acrobat PDFs for upload to client or printer. (3, 5, 6)
3. Choose paper, binding and finishing. (4)
4. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (6, 7)
5. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (8)
6. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate. (1, 9)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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