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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Graphic Communication 1 (GD D2 01)

Course Category: 

47 hours (17 weeks).  

Various; distance learning format.

September 2012 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

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.


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) (9/22 revalidation).