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Graphic & Interactive Design

Course Code
GID 210  Credits
Title Introduction to Graphic Design 
Prerequisite ART 125 and GID 230 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an inquiry into the nature of graphic design which, if used effectively and ethically, is a powerful visual tool. Inquiry includes: Visual problem-solving, introduction to typography, symbols, lettermarks, logotypes, publication design, information design, three-dimensional design, as well as client/designer relations, studio operations and production procedures. 



Course Code
GID 230  Credits
Title Introduction to Digital Design 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Computers are an important tool to the graphics industry and to the digital designer. They help visualize and create and communicate ideas and concepts. With the help of computers designers can generate infinite amounts of images, graphics, and designs. As important as they are, computers cannot generate the creativity and design that a person can; they just wait to be told what to do. They are a tool, just like pen and paper are tools, to be used by the designer. But just because someone can use a computer and graphics software does not make them a designer. It takes a skilled person, who is knowledgeable in all of the industry specifications and requirements, to begin and complete a professional graphics project. As technology advances, there needs to be knowledgeable and creative designers to effectively use these new tools. Technology will simply help to make the process more efficient and accurate and give designers more room to be creative. This course is one of the first steps on the road to becoming a skilled and professional designer. It is based upon the Macintosh computer and the programs used in the graphics industry today for the creation of raster graphics, vector graphics, and layout design. It will provide a basic understanding of the programs as well as the fundamentals for producing graphics according to industry standards.  



Course Code
GID 250  Credits
Title Introduction to Interactive Media 
Prerequisite GID 230 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides students with a strong foundation in the many ways to create, render, optimize, organize, and share contemporary interactive media content. Students will learn how to build and host web-based content and populate their websites with production projects that combine elements of image, sound, video, animation and immersive 360 content. Classes will involve hands-on experiences as well as lectures, demonstrations, and reading assignments. 



Course Code
GID 290  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Graphic & Interactive Design 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Topics in Graphic and Interactive Design. Course may be repeated as topic changes. 



Course Code
GID 310  Credits
Title Typography 
Prerequisite GID 210 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will cover the fundamentals of typography as they relate to design. Beginning with the history and origins of the alphabet, to classic type families, to working with type measurements and terminology, concluding with contemporary typographic design. Traditional to experimental typography will be explored. 



Course Code
GID 312  Credits
Title Visual Systems and Brand Identity 
Prerequisite GID 310 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description A vast majority of designed works are systematic in nature rather than existing as a single-format piece. Visual systems and brand identity will begin with an introduction in designing these visual systems. From there it will explore how to create a brand identity and the implementation of the brand strategy. 



Course Code
GID 314  Credits
Title Experience Design 
Prerequisite GID 310 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Experience Design will explore visual semiotics and the interaction between the viewer and the visual design. How metaphors can help to visually explain ideas to a user/viewer. A focus will be on using interaction design, information architecture, and user research. The application of research, analysis, and intuition. 



Course Code
GID 330  Credits
Title Intermediate Digital Design 
Prerequisite GID 230 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is a continuation of the topics introduced in GID 230 Introduction to Digital Design, which is based upon the Macintosh computer and the programs used in the graphics industry today. In GID 230, students learned the basics of digital design, which includes the development of technical, creative, aesthetic, and production knowledge and skill sets. This course will explore in more depth these skill sets, creation of raster graphics, vector graphics, layout design, and the correct use of professional computer applications to design and produce graphics and layouts. It will provide an understanding of the applications at a deeper level, both technical and creative, as well as the best practices for the production of graphics according to industry standards. In addition to expanding the depth and breedth of topics begun in the introductory course, there are other content areas that will be introduced, including simple raster and vector looping animation, mobile platforms for Photoshop and Illustrator, mobile-to-desktop workflow, and other mobile apps that can be used in graphic creation. 



Course Code
GID 350  Credits
Title Intermediate Interactive Media 
Prerequisite GID 250 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on intermediate-level design and development of interactive media experiences through current front-end technologies. These technologies include web, mobile, handheld, and wearable and immersive devices. Subjects include planning and concept development, prototyping, user experience, design, content management, and social media. Applications and scripting languages include HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and streaming and embedded platforms.  



Course Code
GID 390  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Graphic Interactive Design 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Topics in Graphic Interactive Design 



Course Code
GID 410  Credits
Title Advanced Typographic Design 
Prerequisite GID 310 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Advanced studies in typography. The course will expand on GID 310 and the use of typography from practical to experimental. Typography is everywhere from print, to web, to time and motion. Students will further study and analyze typography to learn what is appropriate, and not, in design solutions. They will explore when clear communication is required, and when to use type to visually entertain. 



Course Code
GID 430  Credits
Title Advanced Digital Design 
Prerequisite GID 330 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an in-depth exploration of three of the most widely used programs in the graphics industry today: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. By mastering these powerful programs, a designer will have the ability to create images and graphics and layout designs that are not only exceptional in color and quality, but also contain many special enhancements that will create the illusion of reality, enhance visual communication, and produce professional level designs. Students will learn advanced layout design techniques in Adobe InDesign by creating multi-page/panel projects that use both production and aesthetic components. Advanced aesthetic and technical skills will be learned and ultilized in the creation of vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Students will begin learning advanced techniques in Adobe Photoshop to create new raster graphics, create composites, and manipulate and enhance images. Since Adobe Photoshop is such a powerful program that has many different functions, it is not possible to address all the advanced techniques in this course (but will be continued in the Digital Design Studio class). Mobile-to-desktop workflow will be incorporated in various projects. Augmented Reality (AR) concepts and projects will be incorporated (which will include the use of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create graphics and layouts and the Adobe Aero software to create the AR experience). New concepts to be introduced are the workflow involved in combining Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop files together into one seamless design for production, 3D creation and use in Photoshop and Illustrator, and InDesign interactivity (including creation of interactive single and multiple page designs with animation, interactive presentations, liquid layouts, etc).  



Course Code
GID 434  Credits
Title Digital Prepress and Production 
Prerequisite GID 330 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Digital Prepress includes all facets of a project from concept to print. Knowing how all of these processes fit together and how each step effects the next is essential for the graphic communicator. It is not only important to know how to use the computer applications to create a project for print, it is also important to know that what you have created is capable of being printed. This requires knowledge of the printing processes and materials and the impact they have on what is being created on the computer. This course is based upon the offset lithographic printing process and the digital prepress process that it uses. It utilizes Macintosh computers and the programs used in the graphics industry today.  



Course Code
GID 438  Credits
Title Digital Design and Production Studio 
Prerequisite GID 430 and GID 434 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Digital Design & Production Studio is an advanced study in digital design and production techniques. It is the culminating course in the Digital Design and Digital Prepress course series. This course is designed to bring together all of the digital design/graphics and digital prepress knowledge already learned, prepare students for presenting projects and working with clients, and to continue the in-depth exploration of Adobe Photoshop begun in the GID 430 Advanced Digital Design course. Graphic communicators must be prepared to and comfortable with showing and explaining their projects to others (clients, employers, etc). They must also become comfortable with others critiquing their work and requesting changes to the project. The projects and presentations in this course are designed to help students become more comfortable with this aspect of the graphics industry. Students will work individually and in groups on projects that will require the use of the digital design (both layout and graphics) and digital prepress skills already learned. These projects are designed to simulate the real-world experience of working on projects for clients. Students will be assigned a company and will create various drafts of the assigned project based on “client” feedback. Each of these project drafts will be presented to the class for critique and will need to be reworked based on the critique and the “client” feedback until the desired final results are achieved. 



Course Code
GID 450  Credits
Title Advanced Interactive Media 
Prerequisite GID 330 and GID 350 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course focuses on advanced interactive design and development of media experiences through current front-end technologies. Building on the foundation and responsive skills you learned in GID350, we will focus more deeply on developing your project with a higher level of attention to the aesthetics of your original designs, project management, and user experience concerns. You will work with contemporary prototyping tools, frameworks, and content management systems (CMS) to produce high quality, client-focused projects for your portfolio. You will learn the latest CMS tools for content, SEO, Analytics, commerce, and other commonly used technologies. We will explore emerging CMS tools that enable immersive experiences. 



Course Code
GID 454  Credits
Title Immersive Media 
Prerequisite GID 250 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description In this course, students will learn the history and fundamentals of immersive media, the digital tools used to create it, and how this medium is unique from its predecessors. We will explore the breadth of the existing field, including Extended Reality (XR), Mixed Reality (MR), and focus on developing projects in Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR). The course will teach students in visual and design fields how to tell stories using 360-degree photos, video and computer-generated art and scenes that users experience through mobile devices and VR headsets.  



Course Code
GID 458  Credits
Title Interactive Media Studio 
Prerequisite GID 450 and GID 454 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course provides students with the opportunity for high-level studio practice in interactive media design projects. It builds sequentially upon the skills and knowledge of multimedia by providing a focus on creative image and interactive media production for a range of art and design applications. Students will have the opportunity to research and engage with contemporary and effective interactive media projects. Student teams engage in service-based projects that support a particular cause or issue in our community.  



Course Code
GID 469  Credits 1-12 
Title Internship 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Available to all Graphic Interactive Design students in junior or above status. Approved practical work experience. Supervised by departmental faculty. A maximum of 12 internship credits may be applied to the degree. 



Course Code
GID 492A  Credits
Title Capstone Research: DDP & IM 
Prerequisite senior status AND completion of all required courses in GID core & emphasis (except GID 438 or GID 458) AND meets GID Degree Requirements #1-4  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an advanced course for Graphic & Interactive Design majors with a Digital Design & Production emphasis or an Interactive Media emphasis. This course along with GID 492B provide students their capstone experience, which culminates in creating, producing, displaying, and presenting a professional-level project in the Senior Showcase. Projects must focus on design, technical, and production skills and knowledge ascertained from previous semesters, as well as experiment and expand beyond the content provided in coursework. The GID 492A course is the first step in this process and has been specifically designed to provide students the opportunity to analyze and reflect on their professional preparation, with a focus on development and critique of resumes and portfolios. It also exercises students’ writing, research, planning, and organizational skills in putting together a professional proposal that will be used in the creation of their project for the Senior Showcase. This proposal will serve as the framework for the weekly development and critiques that will take place the following semester in GID 492B and must include detailed descriptions, specifications, timelines, and budgets. 



Course Code
GID 492B  Credits
Title Capstone Project: DDP & IM 
Prerequisite GID 492A AND meets GID Degree Requirements #1-4, (Note–can take with GID 438 or GID 458
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course is an advanced course for Graphic & Interactive Design majors with a Digital Design & Production emphasis or an Interactive Media emphasis. This course along with GID 492A provide students their capstone experience, which culminates in creating, producing, displaying, and presenting a professional-level project in the Senior Showcase. Projects must focus on design, technical, and production skills and knowledge ascertained from previous semesters, as well as experiment and expand beyond the content provided in coursework. The GID 492B course is the final step in this process and has been specifically designed for students to create and produce their capstone project based on their individual proposal plan created in GID 492A. There are weekly project deadlines and presentations to the class, with a focus on professional critique of the aesthetics, functionality, and technical skills of each project piece. In order to be accepted into the Senior Showcase, projects must pass weekly, mid-semester, and end-of-semester benchmarks which include meeting deadlines in the timeline, adherence to all the project specifications defined in the proposal, incorporation of advanced technical and production skills, and professional-level aesthetics and quality.