Courses in Graphic Communications - Design & Prod

Introduction to Graphic Communications

GCC 1100     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This is an exploratory course covering many aspects of Graphic Communications. Hands-on projects will acquaint the learner with the various processes that encompass what graphic communications means to the general population. History of graphic communications, industry jargon, industry tours and guest speakers are also part of this course. (Prerequisites: None)

Graphic Software 1

GCC 1120     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will be taught in a hands-on atmosphere learning the basics of a page layout software, vector software and raster software. Students will learn the tools, menus and panels within each of the softwares, and integrate the use of all the softwares for photographs, graphics and layout applications. Students will prepare projects for both print and web environments. (Prerequisites: None)

Layout and Typography

GCC 1130     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will be introduced to the conceptual planning process used in layout and design. Students will understand that type as well as graphics are important design elements of a layout. It will be demonstrated how type interacts with graphics in a layout. Layout principles, color, proofing and preparing literature for output and printing will also be included in this course. (Prerequisites: None)

Digital Image Exploration

GCC 1141     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to cover basic topics which include input/output hardware and the software involved; basic scanning of graphics and photographs; basic digital camera usage; and file formats, size and resolution comparisons. Additionally, students will cover the basics of color theory and color management with practical knowledge for print and web. The course is taught in a hands-on atmosphere with an emphasis on the different methods of output to various devices and their effect on the digitized image. (Prerequisites: None)

Drawing for Graphic Designers

GCC 1210     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers basic drawing fundamentals and the use of drawing as a planning tool. Basic drawing techniques will be used to create thumbnail sketches, comprehensives and digital illustrations. Students will utilize traditional and computer drawing tools. (Prerequisite: GCC 1120)

Graphic Software 2

GCC 1220     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Graphic Software 2 is a continuation of GCC 1120 Graphic Software 1. The course is taught in a hands-on atmosphere learning more advanced features of the page layout, vector and raster softwares. Students should already have the fundamentals of the tools, menus and panels within each of the software packages. More advanced topics, interactive features and animation software will be explored. (Prerequisite: GCC 1120 Graphic Software 1)

Printing Processes

GCC 1260     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to acquaint the learner with the fundamentals of printing ink on various substrates. Coursework includes terminology, equipment and safety. The principles of offset lithography, screen, laser and inkjet printing are stressed in a hands-on laboratory atmosphere. Basic prep and post-press processes are also stressed in this course. (Prerequisites: GCC 1120 Graphic Software 1, GCC 1130 Layout and Typography)

Design and Illustration 1

GCC 2110     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will learn planning procedures for advanced design, illustration and production principles on the board and in the use of various software. Projects may include brochure, package and logo design, variable data layouts, and product photography planning. Color, preflight, output and live industry work will also be covered in this course. The advanced use of industry-used software will be essential in all assignments. (Prerequisites: GCC 1210 Drawing for Graphic Designers, GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2)

Portfolio 1

GCC 2120     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will design personal business logos and stationery ensembles which will include stationery, cover letters and resumes. Traditional portfolio page layouts will be designed and revised throughout the semester. Student work will be prepared for display in their portfolios. (Prerequisite: GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2)

Web/Interactive Media 2

GCC 2150     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course covers the basic preparation, planning and software used for multimedia and web presentation. Students will learn planning procedures for web and interactive media. These procedures will include planning flowcharts, wireframes and storyboards. Students will also learn file formatting and file preparation for web and interactive media. (GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2)

Production Work Flow 1

GCC 2161     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce the Graphic Communications student to the workplace through tours, live projects, and special topics. Students will perform production tasks of design work of the student and/or live work of a customer within the college or non-profit entities within the community. These hands-on projects will incorporate all phases of graphic communications from design to workflow to production and finishing. Emerging technology and topics will also be discussed and researched as part of this course. (Prerequisites: GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2, GCC 1260 Printing Processes)

Design and Illustration 2

GCC 2210     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a continuation of GCC 2110 Design and Illustration 1. Students will work in a hands-on atmosphere with higher-level projects such as packaging layouts, multi-page layouts and large format printing. The advanced use of industry-used software will be essential in all assignments. (Prerequisite: GCC 2110 Design and Illustration 1)

Portfolio 2

GCC 2220     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Students will continue to research potential employment sites and prepare for the interviewing process in the graphic communications field. The students will continue to research, update and expand their portfolios with projects from other Graphic Communications courses as they prepare for graduation and entering the job market. (Prerequisite: GCC 2120 Portfolio 1)

Web/Interactive Media 3

GCC 2250     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course builds on the course work covered in GCC 2150. The capabilities of different web and interactive applications will continue to be explored. Students will finalize their webfolios, and design other various promotional web and interactive projects. (Prerequisite GCC 2150 Web/Interactive Media 2)

Production Work Flow 2

GCC 2261     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a continuation of GCC2161 - Production Work Flow 1. Students will work on production projects that will incorporate all phases of graphic communications from design to workflow to production to finishing. Fourth semester Graphic Communications students prepare materials to promote their annual spring display of work through various communication methods. Students continue to formulate their problem-solving, teambuilding and lifelong learning skills through this course. (Prerequisites: GCC 2161 Production Work Flow 1)

Special Problems

GCC 2275     1 - 4 Credits
Course Outline
The student will propose and produce a project in their area of interest. (Prerequisite: GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2 OR advisor approval)

Graphic Communications Internship

GCC 2290     1 - 3 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide the student with a purposeful occupational experience in the Graphic Communications field. Each internship is an individualized experience. A plan is created for each student in conjunction with the training site to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the program. This plan is based on the college's and the program's core competencies. One credit of Internship is equal to 48 hours. (Prerequisites: GCC 1210 Drawing for Graphic Designers; GCC 1220 Graphic Software 2; and GCC 1260 Printing Processes; OR advisor approval)