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GRA-118 Electronic Publishing, 3 cr.
Basic understanding of the components used in an electronic publishing system and an introduction to desktop publishing. Emphasis is on using a computer for page layout using existing art, creating art and combining text and art to create page layouts and output to hard copy. Students will learn about the basics of design and layout, typography and about the many design tools and resources available. 

GRA-121 Digital Drawing, 3 cr.
Introduction to vector based drawing application. Students will create both black and white and multi-color graphics using application tools and menu commands. Various projects of interest will be completed during the semester that incorporate your understanding of drawing tools, color theory, and typography.  

GRA-140 Digital Imaging, 3 cr.
This introductory course covers the core concepts associated with digital imaging. Adobe Photoshop is used for creating, manipulating, and enhancing digital images for print and screen-based media. Students learn how to effectively use this software in a graphic design environment; planning and carrying out professional digital imaging projects. This course introduces both basic visual design concepts and a comprehensive understanding of digital workflow, providing the student with a foundation for print, web, interactive, animation, and game design projects. 

GRA-141  Digital Imaging II, 3 cr.
This course advances the ideas and techniques taught in Digital Imaging I with an emphasis on advanced techniques. Focus will be put on the understanding of tool setting, curves, levels, blending modes, layer styles, special effects, as well as painting and drawing tools.  Students will be challenged as a designer working with real-world projects.

GRA-158 Web Multimedia, 3 cr.
This course focuses on the creation of web animations and practical knowledge regarding basic video capturing, editing and how to create it for presentations, video CDs/DVDs and the web. Students will gain practical knowledge of image animation for the web and how to capture video for different formats, edit the video, convert it for use in different platforms and how to burn it to CD or DVD. Popular software will be used to create and manipulate images and to explore various video and audio formats including streaming video.

GRA-162 Web Page Graphics, 3 cr.
An introduction to the creation of graphics and animation for use on web pages using current software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, and Fireworks. This course also takes students through the entire web design process from start to finish including: site definition, site mapping, wire framing, creating mock ups, initiating user tests, and exporting a final website design.

GRA-166 Web Animations, 3cr.Students will programmatically create 2-dimensional animations and interactive applications through industry standard languages and platforms.  Students will learn how to display graphics on a screen and move them using standard techniques and algorithms.  Standard physics and trigonometric formulas will be incorporated to simulate real-world motion.  Pre-requisite:  CIS-125

GRA-173 Typography, 3 cr.
This course explores the fundamental principles of typography and its role in visual communication. Students will explore both the form and function of typography in design through lectures and demonstrations. Emphasis is placed on the history of type, anatomy of letter forms, and appropriate uses of type.

GRA-175 Graphic Design, 3 cr.
Students work with advanced design problems and concepts. A semester long case study of a company will result in the research, design, and production of a marketing plan, logo, research materials, and other graphic assets necessary to move the company business strategy forward.

GRA-188 Advert Layout & Composition, 3 cr.
Balance, proportion and harmony as they apply to printed images on paper. Type selection, copy-fitting, use of ornaments and the psychology of advertising are explored. Students design for web or social media platforms. Prerequisites: GRA-118, GRA-121, & GRA-140

GRA-228 Flash I, 3cr.
This introductory course focuses on developing an understanding of manipulating two-dimensional objects into an animation for the web. Students will work with storyboards, vector graphics, timing and key framing, sound, nesting and scenes, and rendering. Project's final output will be posted on the web or produced for CD. Major software used in this course includes Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. All aspects of course projects will be completed by the student - this includes original imagery, sound and video, and artwork. The assignments will acquaint students with the needs and procedures of creating 2D web animations for the market and still be a balance of both web and video animation.

GRA-234 Dreamweaver Level I, 3 cr.
This introductory course focuses on the proper use of web technologies to design and develop web sites. You will use Adobe Dreamweaver to learn how to create properly structured XHTML and Cascading Style Sheet documents, incorporate images, work with colors and backgrounds, present data in tables, and use CSS for laying out web pages.

GRA-235 Dreamweaver Level II, 3 cr.
This course focuses on advanced Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).  Specific advanced Dreamweaver features such as templates, layout, and dynamic page functionality are discussed.  The course also focuses on connecting web pages to back end databases through the use of PHP code.  Create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations are implemented. Pre-req. GRA-234

GRA-236 Dreamweaver Level III, 3 cr.
Combines skills learned from Dreamweaver Levels 1 & 2 with server-side languages and databases such as PHP and MySQL. Topics include PHP syntax and language operating environment, using control structures, loops, and arrays in PHP, form processing, database manipulation, handling record sets, data validation, and concepts and design of Content Management Systems. 

GRA-325  Digital Color Theory, 3 cr.
Students work with advanced design problems and concepts. A semester long case study of a company will result in the research, design, and production of a marketing plan, logo, research materials, and other graphic assets necessary to move the company business strategy forward.

GRA-801   Graphic Design Seminar I.  1 cr.
Opportunity for career exploration and development of job seeking skills. Emphasis is placed on familiarization of businesses employing graphic designs, resume preparation, and job seeking skills including preparation of job correspondence and application forms, and participation in job interviews for the purpose of obtaining a graphic design internship. 

GRA-802   Graphic Design Seminar II.  1 cr.
This class is for the student preparing to graduate. It enables the student to compile accomplished works into a quality portfolio presentation. Different types of digital portfolio systems are discussed and viewed. 

GRA-932 Internship, 2 cr.
Supervised, paid work experience in a business or industry involved in an area of graphic design.

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