Courses

Conceptual design and technical skill are combined to produce a competitive portfolio. Instructors with industry experience lead students in consecutive integrated tracks of print design and interaction design, which includes but is not limited to, Advertising, Branding, Poster Design, Typography, Environmental Design, Packaging, Web Design, UI/UX, Mobile Apps, and Motion. Problem solving, strategy development, and powerful use of typography and visuals achieve our communication solutions. Classes are organized in collegial work groups mirroring a professional studio environment. Design theory and practice, along with production using current computer software; prepare students for a graphic design career in print and interactive media.

DES 110: History of Graphic Design
3.5 credits 
We look at graphic design from the earliest forms of writing to the digital present. Prominent individuals and epochs are discussed including the development of the Roman alphabet, illuminated manuscripts and the advent of printing in the 15th century. Emphasis is given to the adaptability of graphic designers to the needs and technologies of their times. Projects include informational posters about people and developments in history.


DES 131: Graphic Design I
3.5 credits 
This foundation course lays the groundwork for all other design classes. In-class projects and homework assignments introduce students to the terminology, process and social context of graphic design. Each project offers student ways to experiment with building visual ideas using both traditional image making techniques and digital technology. Thought, idea and the communication of that idea, in visual form and presentation style, is paramount.


DES 151: Interactive I
3.5 credits 
This course will address the considerations needed when designing an interface and the differences and similarities between screen-based media and print-based media. This course is intended for the beginning to intermediate graphic design student who has an interest in designing interfaces for websites, mobile devices, kiosks, computer applications, and more.


DES 145: Graphic Production I
3.5 credits 
The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic foundation and building blocks necessary in successfully using the vector based graphic program, Adobe Illustrator. This course focuses on basic skills, concepts, & techniques. Students are given the concepts and skills necessary to use and understand the software tools and pallets. Emphasis is placed on the mastery of the pen tool as an illustration vehicle.


NME 110: New Media I
6 credits 
Course provides students with authentic tasks and projects preparing them for real-world work demands encountered in their respective fields. Students work collaboratively in a project-based curriculum, exploring the role of communications in the context of New Media and society. Additional objectives of New Media are to develop skills that form the basis for future career work in the creative arts disciplines-all of which relate to general media-and to begin to establish professional contacts.

 

DES 121: Typography I
3.5 credits 
Students will learn the basic principles of micro typography in this course: the anatomy of letters, how to adapt letterforms, letter and word spacing, line spacing, and how to create hierarchy within text. By focusing on the details of letters, sentences and page layout, students will create expressive typography, experiment with readability, legibility and meaning, understand the classifications of type, and apply text as hierarchical arrangements on a page.


DES 132: Graphic Design II
3.5 credits 
The purpose of this course is to introduce color and its application to design. We examine the mechanics of light, the physiology of vision and the psychology of color. We look at ways color is used in culture and methods that designers employ in making their work effective. Projects include designing a color notebook, book covers and expressing attitude with color.


DES 152: Interactive II
3.5 credits 
This course covers the basics of webpage design and development. Specifically, this course addresses the considerations needed when developing a series of webpages using the structural elements of HTML and the stylistic elements of CSS. This course is intended for the beginning to intermediate graphic design student who has an interest in designing and developing webpages.


DES 146: Graphic Production II
3.5 credits 
This course introduces the basic foundation and building blocks necessary to successfully use the page layout program, Adobe InDesign. This course focuses on basic skills, concepts, & techniques. Students develop the concepts and skills necessary to use and understand the software tools and pallets. Emphasis is placed on importing, placing and manipulating graphic images from Illustrator and Photoshop.


NME 120: New Media II
6 credits 
This interdisciplinary SCCC Creative Academy course, second of a three-course series, brings together Graphic Design and Photography students to apply skills to complete integrative design assignments. Students are given authentic tasks and projects preparing them for real-world work demands encountered in their respective fields. Students work collaboratively in this project-based curriculum, exploring the role and interplay of design and communications in the context of New Media and society.

 

DES 122: Typography II
3.5 credits 
This course focuses on macro typography: using the grid for page construction. Page structure, hierarchy principles and grid systems will be explored and practiced through assigned exercises and projects.


DES 133: Graphic Design III
3.5 credits 
This course covers the design of packaging: three-dimensionality, marketing insights, and innovations in technology. We look at consumption and how packaging communicates to consumers. Projects include, for example, soda bottles, folding box packages and a line of products, mocked up to a high standard of polish.


DES 153: Interactive III
3.5 credits 
Students will design the user-experience for a website and build the final site using HTML and CSS. Topics covered will consist of utilizing the User-Centered Design process, designing a site architecture, conducting usability studies, producing task-flows and wireframes, creating responsive site layouts, building page mock-ups using HTML and CSS, adding additional dynamic features to a site, and creating and developing sites using limited advanced scripting such as PHP, JavaScript and WordPress.


DES 147: Graphic Production III
3.5 credits 
This course focuses on basic skills, concepts, and techniques using the pixel-based program, Adobe Photoshop. Students learn how to successfully color correct a photo using curves and levels. Emphasis is placed on creating a non-destructive workflow and on using the correct selection tool for the job. Necessary skills such as scanning, clipping paths, masking, alpha channels, retouching, layer organization, actions, effects, smart objects and layer manipulation are taught.


NME 130: New Media III
6 credits 
This is the final of a three course series in which advanced techniques will be applied and explored. Course provides students with authentic tasks and projects preparing them for real-world work demands encountered in their respective fields. Students work collaboratively in a project-based curriculum, exploring the role of communications in the context of New Media and society.

 

DES 231: Graphic Design IV
4 credits 
The purpose of this course is to explore advertising, art direction and photo direction, emphasizing expressive, creative and collaborative problem solving, and to continue developing research skills. We learn techniques for creating engaging ads for a variety of media, and how to target the right market with the right message.


DES 232: Graphic Design V
4 credits 
Course explores multi-page editorial design, taking into account the audience and existing advertising base. While the focus will be on magazines, the skills developed are also applicable to other common design tasks annual reports, business documents, newspapers, brochures, newsletters and other multi-page documents.


DES 251: Interactive IV
4 credits 
This course will address the considerations needed when designing an interface and the differences and similarities between screen-based media and print-based media. This course is intended for the beginning to intermediate graphic design student who has an interest in designing interfaces for websites, mobile devices, kiosks, computer applications, and more.


DES 249: Graphic Production IV
4 credits 
An exploration into using InDesign and Acrobat for organization, layout and production of long documents such as magazines and books. Students will use guides, styles, master pages, editing tools and PDF options while building simple and complex layouts. Students will organize files with Adobe Bridge, preflighting and packaging; students will output their files to various mediums.


DES 280: Special Projects I
4 credits 
This is the first in a series of three courses designed to expand current graphic design knowledge and skills, offering students the opportunity to work on a major self-initiated design project. The course emphasizes research and the design process that leads to a successful design solution. By engaging in a unique quarter-long project, students have the opportunity to develop strong portfolio pieces – with the ultimate goal of employment.

 

DES 270: Environmental Graphics
4 credits 
The purpose of this class is to explore graphic designs that are sensitive to human scale in the built and natural environment. Including way-finding systems, informational signs and symbols, exhibit design and ornamental solutions. Students will use their problem solving and design skills to create environmental graphics for a number of projects during the quarter. Both individual and collaborative team projects will be explored.


DES 233: Graphic Design VI
4 credits 
This course will concentrate on poster design as a form of visual communication. Emphasis will be on conceptual visual problem solving for different audiences and outcomes. Students will experiment with grid layouts and with brainstorming methods to expand upon their ideas, and then print their visual solutions on our large-format inkjet printers.


DES 234: Graphic Design VII
4 credits 
This course will be spent developing brands for business, non-profits and governmental agencies. Students will focus on research, brainstorming ideas and developing a strategy for their organization’s brand. The remainder of the course will be devoted to the creative development of the brand as expressed through various media.


DES 252: Interactive V
4 credits 
This course will look at a variety of content management systems, but will focus on the WordPress blogging platform. WordPress is free, Open Source, and one the most widely used blogging tools on the planet. Students will spend the entire quarter building an entire WordPress website for a community non-profit client.


DES 281: Special Projects II
4 credits 
This is the second in a series of three courses designed to expand current graphic design knowledge and skills, offering students the opportunity to work on a major self-initiated design project. The course emphasizes research and the design process that leads to a successful design solution. By engaging in a unique quarter-long project, students have the opportunity to develop strong portfolio pieces – with the ultimate goal of employment.

 

DES 236: Graphic Design IX
4 credits 
Students acquire work contracts with a client and apply their design skills in exchange for a fair wage or equitable trade. Students receive practical experience with pricing and negotiating fees, writing proposals and design briefs, organizing efficient timelines, managing workflows, and applying basic accounting and business practices. Students are provided with ethical guidelines for conduct and behavior within the design profession.


DES 235: Graphic Design VIII
4 credits 
Study the basic concepts of exhibit design, design and install the SCCA Portfolio Show. Students will work in teams and explore creative options to the layout and navigation of the show. Including but not limited to, the installation of two and three dimensional display options, print and web portfolios displays, motion graphics and internal and external signage.


DES 260: Portfolio Prep
4 credits 
Develop, design and prepare a portfolio that represents individual creativity and demonstrates skills for seeking employment in the Graphic Design field. A personal business card will be developed in this class and students will be asked to participate in a review of portfolio work conducted by professionals from outside the program.


DES 253: Interactive VI
4 credits 
This course includes User Experience (UX) design, rapid prototyping, usability testing, and Interface design challenges for smaller screens. Students will create animated mock-ups of mobile applications as well as building functional web sites with html5 and CSS3 media queries, which work on a variety of devices.


DES 282: Special Projects III
4 credits 
This is the last in a series of three courses designed to expand current graphic design knowledge and skills, offering students the opportunity to work on a major self-initiated design project. The course emphasizes research and the design process that leads to a successful design solution. By engaging in a unique quarter-long project, students have the opportunity to develop strong portfolio pieces – with the ultimate goal of employment.