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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Computer Graphics

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

47 hours (17 weeks).  

Dates:

September 2012 – Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: use Adobe InDesign for design and layout of print publications to produce cutting-edge documents and graphics; create single page, multiple page and various folded documents; place and format text and graphics created in other applications into an InDesign document to create a professional layout; interact with tools, windows and palettes; work with master pages and style sheets, and use book, page numbering and other page features; demonstrate creative methods for arriving at solutions to technical problems; and prepare and export files for print and web.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Topics include: Adobe InDesign, drawing tools, color, gradients, strokes, text frame, nested styles, glyphs, importing and exporting images, anchored objects, layers, formatting tables, alignment, printing, preflight, crop marks, bleeds, CMYK, RGB, screen calibration, resolution, Photoshop, digital printing and design principles. Prerequisite: Digital Imaging (CG 01) and Digital Drawing (CG AI 01), formerly Digital Illustration (CG AI 01).

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Journalism, Desktop Publishing or Graphic Design (12/15) (6/17 administrative review).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

47 hours (17 weeks).  

Dates:

September 2012 – Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: differentiate tools by their function in the Adobe Illustrator software; use line and shape building tools, including pathfinder and compound shapes; draw accurately and freely with Pen tool, and to create digital illustrations based off of photographic references; manipulate, format and customize text; create original illustrations with layer control, gradients, blends and other Adobe Illustrator tools; use software effects to create special effects; use live trace and live paint options; and save files properly for exporting to other applications.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Students learn basic to advanced concepts of computer‐based vector drawing, including terminology, tools, palettes and commands. Topics include: shape and line creation and manipulation, working with fills, patterns, gradients, meshes and blends, using advanced coloring techniques, working with preset and custom‐designed typography, and accurately using perspective. Students complete polished illustrations that can be used for a variety of practical design applications. Prerequisite: Demonstration of basic computer skills and record of formal education.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts, Graphic Arts or Digital Arts (12/15) (6/17 administrative review).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

47 hours (17 weeks).  

Dates:

September 2012 – Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: use Adobe Photoshop to create, edit, and manipulate digital images; work with basic and advanced selection tools; apply special effects and color corrections to images at an advanced level; manipulate and format text; create photo montages; export images in multiple file formats; and use creative methods for arriving at solutions to technical problems. 

Instruction:

This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with an instructor, and 24-hour access to on-line support as needed. Topics include: Photoshop interface, pixels vs. vector, creating, opening and editing files, resolution, document dimensions, and color modes; paint brush and pencil tool, brushes options, foreground and background color, selecting new colors, briefly touch on pantone colors; resizing images, cropping images and changing canvas size, rotating canvas, layers panel; creating new layers, editing, rearranging, grouping and linking; selection tools; marquees, magic wand, lasso, quick selection tools, and transformation tools; history panel, history brush, colors, blending modes, color continued, patterns, gradients, paint bucket, pattern brush, beginning text, and basic effects; advanced effects, masks, clipping masks, and retouching tools; adjustments, cloning, highlights, midtones, shadows; adjustment layers; focal point, hierarchy, balance and composition vector in Photoshop; shape tools, pen tool, custom shapes, rasterizing. action, filters and effects, sharpen and blur, filter gallery, smart objects, smart filters, burn and dodge, vanishing point, special effects and styles, channels, curves, colors, printing and output; saving for web and devices, slicing, optimizing, animation 3D fundamentals, file formats. Prerequisite: Demonstration of computer ability and record of formal education.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts, Graphic Arts or Digital Arts (12/15) (6/17 administrative review).

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