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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Design Alive | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Two Dimensional Design (GD D1 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 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.


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) (9/22 revalidation).