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Graphic Design

2014-15

KELVIN MASON, Associate Professor
A.O.C.A., Ontario College of Art; B.A., University of Guelph, ON, Canada; M.F.A., University of Arizona

CHRISTIAN MORTENSON, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.F.A., University of South Dakota; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa

VICKIE R. PHIPPS, Assistant Professor
B.F.A., Emory & Henry College; M.F.A., University of Tennessee

ROWEN SCHUSSHEIM-ANDERSON, Professor
B.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology; M.F.A., Arizona State

CORRINE SMITH, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.F.A., Southern Illinois University; M.F.A., University of Kentucky

PETER TONG XIAO, Professor
B.A., Coe; M.F.A., Temple

MAJOR IN GRAPHIC DESIGN: 34 required credits in ART and GRD, including ART-101, ART-123, ART-226 or GRD-228, GRD-222, GRD-291, GRD-225, GRD-327, GRD-371, GRD-372, GRD-425, GRD-391, GRD-491, and GRD-492 or GRD-INT and 3 elective credits in ART or GRD. Also, ARHI-161, ARHI-367, and BSN-320 for a total of 46 required credits. A required senior exhibition, or a portfolio from a 3-credit (or more) internship, or a year-long design responsibility for a publication such as the Saga Magazine, fulfills a major's capstone experience.

MINOR IN GRAPHIC DESIGN: 19.5-21 required credits in ART and GRD, including ART101, ART123, GRD291, GRD222, GRD225, GRD327, and a 300 level elective.

Courses (GRD) (The complete list of available courses will be updated as they are approved)

ART-101 Drawing (3 Credits)
Fundamentals of drawing; form, composition and space. Theory and practice in a variety of drawing media. 

ART-123 Design: Two Dimensional (3 Credits)
Fundamentals and theories of basic design. Design elements of color, texture, shape, line, value and principles of balance, repetition, variety, harmony and unity. Formal and expressive elements in art.

GRD-199 Directed Study (1 Credit)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under a faculty member's direction. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and the instructor.

GRD-222 Typography (3 credits)
This course helps students gain an understanding of the effects produced by various typefaces and typographic techniques. It provides a historical overview and in-depth explanations of the formal qualities of characters and typefaces. A range of theoretical and applied projects are used to investigate typography as a fundamental communication tool. Students use both traditional and digital media.

GRD-225 Intro. To Graphic Design (3 Credits)
Overview of graphic design, its techniques and applications. Basic principles of page layout and composition, design skills, typography and color application. Practical investigation of publication design, advertising and brochure development. Emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. Course will be taught on and off the computer. Requires a final portfolio.

ART-226 Photography (3 Credits)
35mm camera controls, black and white darkroom techniques, study of historical and contemporary photographers, photographic composition, the evaluation of photographs and the use of photography as a tool for creative expression. 35mm camera with manual override required.

GRD-228 Digital Photography (3 Credits)
GRD 228 is a course which explores the mechanisms, processes, technology, history and power of the digital photographic image. Camera mechanisms, digital image manipulation software and the creative possibilities of digital photography will be discussed and experienced in depth with the goal of improving the quality of photography produced by the student.

GRD-299 Directed Study (1 Credit)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under a faculty member's direction. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and the instructor.

GRD-327 Web Design (3 Credits)
This is a course which explores the special design considerations involved in composing websites and generating media for the World Wide Web. General topics covered are HTML coding, web media types, using Adobe Dreamweaver, usability testing, and various web utilities such as FTP clients. It will also include an introduction to Adobe Flash. Design techniques and software will be used to combine media into various on-line interactive experiences. The software language used extensively in this class will be HTML. Java scripting and CSS will be used to supplement and expand the functionality of the html code.


GRD-271 2-D Animation (1.5 Credits)
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of vector-based animation using Adobe Flash and other software programs for creating simple digital animation. The basic principles associated with creating aesthetic interactive animated experiences will be studied through project-based assignments. Students will become familiar with basic interface components, procedures and capabilities of the program in service of creating interactive web experiences which utilize the strengths of this new medium. It is an exploration of 2-D digital graphics and animation for interactive multimedia, computer games, and the Web. Topics include animating weights and materials, audio-animation synchronization, and basic navigation interactivity.

GRD-273 Digital Illustration (3 Credits)
This is a course which explores digital imaging environments and their uses as both tool and medium. Digital images (primarily raster-based graphics) and their applications will constitute the bulk of the investigations; however, traditional illustration techniques will also be utilized as an introduction and techniques to successfully integrate traditional illustrative works into intermedia imagery will be employed. Advanced digital painting techniques, scanning, advanced photo manipulation, and production for hard copy output will also be explored.

GRD-372 3-D Graphics (1.5 Credits)
The field of 3-D computer graphics has grown and changed tremendously in the past few decades. However, there are some essential concepts and general rules regarding digital 3-D graphics that have remained constant and are well worth studying. In general, the process of creating 3-D graphics can be divided into 4 categories or units: Modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering. This course will address these four units in relation to one of the current leaders in 3-D graphics, animation, and special effects - Autodesk Maya. With this course, all the building blocks are considered and groundwork laid for students to go on to create their own 3-D animation for games, movies, the web, and TV.

GRD-391 Junior Art Inquiry
Development of an artistic research proposal through research, practicum, group critiques and interaction. Studio art majors prepare for a concentrated study in one medium or related media that will become a coherent body of original work during the senior year. There will be field trips to study area exhibitions. Students will begin to work on preliminary portfolio for senior art inquiry. Prerequisite: completion of one media sequence in studio and permission of instructor.

GRD-399 Directed Study (1 Credit)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under a faculty member's direction. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and the instructor.

GRD-400 Independent Study (1 Credit)

GRD-425 Advanced Design Portfolio (3 Credits)
This is a senior level course which prepares graduating Graphic Design majors for a successful career in their field through coursework culminating in a professional level portfolio. This portfolio showcases the student's ability to work with digital media to create a diverse array of projects. The materials and projects for the portfolio will be drawn from the student's collected works in previous courses and internships along with new works created in this class. Although the emphasis is on portfolio preparation, professional practice issues and appropriate career presentation strategies will constitute a substantial part of the course.

GRD-491 Senior Art Inquiry I (1 Credit)
Concentrated study to produce a coherent body of original work for the senior exhibition. An artist statement is developed. Taken fall term (winter for returnees from fall international term). Consists of weekly working sessions and periodic group critiques with faculty in relevant media. Prerequisites: 391 and a media sequence by the end of junior year in the media chosen for the exhibition; permission of department chair.

GRD-492 Senior Art Inquiry (2 Credits)
Continuing study in one medium or related media to produce a coherent body of original work for the senior art exhibition, including presentation and documentation of this work and an artist statement. Taken winter term (spring for returnees from fall international term). Consists of weekly working sessions and periodic group critiques with faculty in relevant media. An IP is granted until completion of the senior exhibition. Prerequisites: 491 and permission of department chair

GRD 499 Directed Study (1 Credit)
Opportunity for students to study a particular subject under a faculty member's direction. Prerequisite: permission of department chair and the instructor.

GRD INTR Art Internship (0-9 Credits)
ART-INTR-Sxx/Lxx/Axx Senior Inquiry/Service Learning/Academic Internship (1-9) Analysis of the background, structure and policy issues in the sponsoring organization. Prerequisite: a declared major or minor in art. Departmental internships must be approved by the department. ART-INTR-Exx/Vxx Experiential/Volunteer (0-9) Departmental internships must be approved by the department. See the internship section in the catalog for more information and for other internship options.