GRD 300 – Graphic Design
Prerequisite: Preference will be given to candidates with web application
Course / Performance Objectives:
Upon a successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the elements of graphic
- Read, understand and communicate in the language of graphic
- Use technology such as Phototshop, Illustrator, and Internet
- Students will learn to demonstrate positive work
- Students will learn to solve problems using critical
Students learn and apply fundamentals of various software applications (such as Illustrator and Photoshop), web design, image editing, drawing and graphic animation.
Advertising and marketing projects coordinate technical skills with organization, management, communication, ethics and teamwork.
Students will be given challenging real world projects and assignments typical of the graphic design industry. High quality work is expected and students will be given opportunities to redo work until it meets standards specified during instruction. Classroom activities will include reading, research, projects, and problem solving. Students will often work in teams, but will be expected to complete individual assignments in relation to the team’s work. Assessment methods will include written exams, tests, and quizzes; oral and written research reports; reading assignments; and projects.
What is PHOTOSHOP?
Photoshop is a technology developed by Adobe, one of the largest companies in the software market. This technology allows designers to build designs for websites, windows application, pamphlet and visiting cards etc. Design is the first step in creating a website. Users interact first with your design than with your functionality and we know that the first impression is the last impression, so make your design as good as possible to make a lasting impression on the user.
What is Flash?
Course Prerequisites: Preference will be given to candidates with prior programming knowledge and be familiar with basic concepts such as adobe photoshop, Illustrator web application, web development, variables, control statements, structure and functions.
Required / Recommended Texts :
There are no required textbooks for this class; however there are a plethora of excellent books on coding. I suggest the following list of books for this and future courses in the WDOC:
By John Jantsch and Phil Singleton
Required Supplementary Materials / software:
- Instructor will provide the list of materials
- Will be provided by Instructor
Method of Instructions:
This course is conducted in a lecture / hands on and discussion format with emphasis on the question-answer and practical hands on methodology. Students are required to upload all their work, assignments in the online LMS platform. Instructor will provide the detailed instruction on this aspect.
Assignments / Project
Class instructor will state more about the course project / research work.
Lecture notes, work book, overhead projector, assignments, online databases and the internet.
- Each student is expected to read and prepare ahead of the class in order to participate actively and complete assigned projects in class.
- Complete assignments / projects on time.
- Be punctual and prepared for class.
- Class attendance is mandatory and a credit is given to students with perfect or close to perfect attendance.
- If an absent is inevitable, the student should e-mail or call me the day before.
- The student is still responsible for the day’s assignment.
- Students will be allowed 3 absences without affecting their final grade.
Final Exam 30%
Term Project 20%
Quizzes / Class Tests 15%
Homework/Class Participation / R. Paper 15%
Rules & Regulations:
- No lateness to class.
- No interruption while lecture is in session, for example:
- Going in and out of the class.
- Answering or making phone calls in class.
- Leaving cell phone and beepers on.
- There will be a quiz / class tests for every two chapters / topics covered.
- There will be an assigned problem as homework.
- There will be a midterm and a final exam. The final exam will be comprehensive.
- There will be project work combining all the skills learnt in the class which the student will be required to complete by the end of the training session.
The following is the schedule of the topics to be covered.
Program Area 1: Introduction to the Graphic Design Industry
- Students are introduced to the graphic design industry through magazines, internet, etc. We begin to talk about audience.
- History of Graphic Design
- Future of Graphic Design
Program Area 2: Introduction to the equipment
- Students use multimedia elements to create projects with graphic design software. The introduction of each piece of equipment would be tied to a relevant graphics
- Digital tablet
Program Area 3: Elements of Design
- Students learn about design elements through projects such as; creating examples of color schemes using graphic software and creating an original alphabet based on a theme. Each project includes self reflection and a peer
Program Area 4: Principles of Design
- Students learn the principles of design through projects such as; posters, creating original designs that reflect an emotion, magazine covers, product ads, cereal box prototypes, candy wrappers etc. They do a self reflection on their projects and a peer review. Some projects include a presentation to the
Program Area 5: Typography
- In teams students create a business proposal and create branding for that business including a commercial and magazine ad. They present the product to the
- Anatomy of a letter
- Typographic Measurement
- Typographic Standards
- Typographic Guidelines
Program Area 6: Creating images for print & web
- Students learn when to use particular image formats for individual They create collages, logos, cd covers, etc. Each project includes self reflection and a peer review.
- Raster Vs Vector
Program Area 7: Editing Images
- Students use images scanned and from the internet to create projects while learning to cite sources and understand whether or not they can legally use the
- Copyright laws
Program Area 8: Leadership
- Students will participate in leadership activities such as: perfect attendance, school involvement, volunteering in the community as well as performing other leadership tasks within the classroom, school and
- Lectures 26
- Quizzes 0
- Students 6
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self