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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Graphic Design

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: discuss design theory and principles through the completion of projects; demonstrate an understanding of color theory and an ability to apply the theory to design projects; select appropriate typefaces based on the subject matter; manipulate text to convey a specific message; critique designs using appropriate art and design terminology; develop the skill of research a project according to the project specifications; apply brainstorming and concept development skills to the initial design project; synthesize theories of typography, color, composition, and art and design history to create a professional poster; understand the process of designing a successful book cover; understand the process of designing a successful ad campaign; become familiar with the concept of designing within a grid; and create layouts for magazines based on original and existing magazine styles.

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: communication through print, goals of communication, fundamentals of the graphic design process, Book Jacket design, advertising techniques, magazine layout, preparing for print. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, students must have completed in the following Design Alive courses or their equivalents based on evaluation: CG PS 01 (Digital Imaging), CG AI 01 (Digital Drawing) and CG ID 01 (Digital Publication).

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts, or Digital 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: discuss design theory and principles through the completion of projects; demonstrate an understanding of color theory and an ability to apply the theory to design projects; select appropriate typefaces based on the subject matter; manipulate text to convey a specific message; critique designs using appropriate art and design terminology; develop the skill of research a project according to the project specifications; apply brainstorming and concept development skills to the initial design project; synthesize theories of typography, color, composition, and art and design history to create a professional poster; understand the process of designing a 3 dimensional package design; understand the process of designing a multi-page brochure; and demonstrate design skills needed to create a branding for a restaurant with menu design and wider branding application.

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: goals of communication, communication through print design, corporate identity, branding, 3D design and construction of packaging. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, students must have completed in the following Design Alive courses or their equivalents based on evaluation: CG PS 01 (Digital Imaging), CG AI 01 (Digital Drawing) and CG ID 01 (Digital Publication).

Credit recommendation:

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

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

62 hours (17 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2012 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: utilize proper graphic design terminology, understand the difference between vector and raster images and how these differences affect design work; create and edit artwork with vector and raster based software; add and manipulate type in design work; apply various fills and effects to design elements; work with tools, palettes, shortcuts and other basic functions across multiple platforms; and integrate skills learned into coherent and well-executed design pieces.

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: graphic design, Adobe Illustrator, vector software, typography, Photoshop, masks, tracing, marketing, branding and corporate identity. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts or Digital Design (12/15) (6/17 administrative review). 

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

62 hours (17 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2012 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: recognize and apply elements of a single page and multiple page layout;  tools, palettes and functions within a page layout program; set up a well organized, unified page design; Import vector and raster artwork into a page layout; and properly save/export the file for final output; apply various principles of design; apply type, font families and fonts styles to layouts; and utilize templates, layers and style sheets to multiple page designs. 

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: InDesign, graphic design, color schemes, die cuts, balance, style sheets, brochure design, printing, digital media, and portfolios.  

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts or Digital 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: discuss design theory and principles through the completion of assignments and exercises; recognize the application of the design principles in graphic design examples; define color theory and apply the theory to exercises; and critique designs using appropriate art and design terminology.

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: graphic design and what it entails, the role of the graphic designer, basic element of design, contrast in design, the fundamental principles of two‐dimensional design, principle of balance, figure/ground and ambiguous figure/ground compositions in design, gestalt and color theory, perspective, texture and major movements of modern and post‐modern art history periods. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, students must have completed in the following Design Alive courses or their equivalents based on evaluation: CG PS 01 (Digital Imaging), CG AI 01 (Digital Illustration) and CG ID 01 (Digital Layout).

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Graphic Design, Media Arts, or Digital 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: discuss design theory and principles through the completion of assignments and exercises; define color theory and apply the theory to projects; categorize font families into different styles; select appropriate typefaces based on the subject matter; manipulate text to convey a specific message; critique designs using appropriate art and design terminology; develop the skill of research a project according to the project specifications; apply brainstorming and concept development skills to the initial design project; synthesize theories of typography, color, composition, and art and design history to create a professional poster; and outline the process of designing a successful logo and to create a successful logo and stationery set.

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: importance of typography, fundamentals of typography, type patterns, typographic poster, major movements of modern and post‐modern art history periods, different types of logos, Logotype, Typographic Image or Pictogram (logomark), identity design, corporate identity. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, students must have completed in the following Design Alive courses or their equivalents based on evaluation: CG PS 01 (Digital Imaging), CG AI 01 (Digital Drawing) and CG ID 01 (Digital Publication).

Credit recommendation:

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

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