Graphic Design Courses

Code Course Credits

VPG 101

Graphic Design Foundations

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is an introduction to the field of graphic design. Students learn the various processes involved in graphic design from initial ideas/concepts through working stages to finished presentation, applying the principles of design to projects pertaining to the design and production of primary print and also screen-based solutions. Students sharpen basic computer skills in preparing their projects using Adobe software Illustrator and InDesign. Basic Adobe Photoshop is also introduced.

Course was formerly listed as VPG 202.

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VPG 102

History of Graphic Design

Offered: Spring Semester

This course examines the crucial works and achievements in graphic design communication. From the pictographs painted on cave walls to the latest imaginative designs, students will familiarize themselves with pivotal graphic images, the creative thinkers who composed them, and the technologies that shaped their evolution. Although an emphasis is placed on Modern and Contemporary graphic design, students will also investigate critical past influences on present-day designs.

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VPG 201

Typography: Letterforms and Words in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students are introduced to typography and its role in the visualization of language. Studio work, discussions and lectures will focus on the art of the basic letterform and it's anatomy, major type families and characteristics, typographic contrast and hierarchy, as well as legibility and readability. Students will build skills in conceptual thinking, expressive typography, and the art of typesetting with attention to form and peace, for small to large amounts of text, across various types of media. Students will use digital media as well as traditional methods to develop visual projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)
Course was formerly offered as VPG 303.

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VPG 203

Introduction to Digital Imaging

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An introduction to technology and software used in graphic design. Students learn image generation and editing in pixel and vector based environments through the use of Photoshop and Illustrator. Topics include vector graphics and raster-based imaging, appropriate resolution, using project-specific software, color, layering and combining photographs and graphics. Basic design principles will be explored as well as professional standards for production for print and screen. This course provides the technological foundation for all design courses.

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VPG 204

Digital Graphic Imaging

Offered: Spring Semester

In this hands-on studio course, students learn the concepts of digital illustration for use in the graphic design field. The technologies of vector (graphic) and raster (photographic) image making will be studies using the software Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Projects will focus on illustrative solutions for various design problems. These may include the making of logos, symbols, and icons as well as illustrations for use in advertising, publication, package design, website design, as well as other graphic design applications.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)
Formerly offered as VPG 203.

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VPG 205

Type and Image

Offered: Spring Semester

This is a further exploration of typography with a focus on the interaction between image and type. Projects will support the exploration of combining these elements in ways that allow designers to convey information with meaning, expression and clarity. Students will develop craftsmanship and problem solving techniques with respect to dealing with type and image issues across various media.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 201 (or VPG 303)

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VPG 302

Package Design

Offered: Fall Semester

This studio course is an introduction to the design of packaging. Students will explore the concept of brand identity and apply branding strategies to the design and production of packaging for products that are common in today's market. Students will learn how to design visual continuity for a 3-D format. Sustainable/environmentally-conscious packaging materials will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 or (VPG 202)

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VPG 304

Advertising Design

Offered: Spring Semester

Explores advertising concepts, media and techniques. Projects simulate actual work performed at an advertising agency. Students will experience the role of an advertising designer as they develop skills in producing design for various media.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 or (VPG 202)

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VPG 305

Web Site Design

Offered: Fall Semester

This introductory course covers the processes involved in making visual communication for the web. Aesthetic concerns, conceptual skills, and technical/production procedures will be covered to facilitate understanding of and participation in the process of web design. Students will work through initial ideas to a finished presentation.Very basic HTML and an introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver willl be covered. Most of th eocurse will center on using Adobe Muse to work on design solutions for stated needs.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)
Course may be applied to the Management of Information Systems program.

3

VPG 306

Motion Graphics

Offered: Spring Semester

This studio design course is an introduction to the use of computer software to create animations and time-based visuals for use in professional applications such as advertising, multimedia, film, video and the web. The expressive and informative impact of motion and time when presenting screen-based graphics, type and sound will be exposed. Software will include Adobe After Affects and Macromedia Flash.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)

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VPG 307

3-D Graphics, Illustration and Animation

Offered: Fall Semester

This studio graphic design course explores within the computer the construction, modeling and rendering of simulated 3-D objects in a virtual space. These objects are then photographed with a virtual still or movie camera to produce a digital illustration or animation. The course emphasizes 3-D graphics to solve various design problems. The use of sound in animation will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)

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VPG 308

Publication Design

Offered: Spring Semester

In this hands-on studio class students will learn to design for publications. The structure, construction, and production of magazines, newspapers, corporate publication will be explored, along with their conceptual and aesthetic attributes and environmental concerns.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 201 (or VPG 303)
Course was formerly offered as VPG 230.

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VPG 320

Topics in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This special topics course may be offered by faculty in a focused area of graphic design study and may vary from semester to semester.

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VPG 405

Advanced Study in Graphic Design

Offered: Spring Semester

Opportunity for graphic design majors to pursue advanced projects and research related to their individual needs and interests. Critiques with other members of the class will help to give additional assessment and are an important component of the course.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

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VPG 423

Graphic Design Portfolio

Offered: Fall Semester

In this required Capstone course for Graphic Design majors, students will assemble a professional level portfolio. Each senior will review previous work and be guided to choose and develop significant design projects appropriate for specific career choices, including programs and job interviews.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

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VPG 475

Internship in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The internship is designed to give students practical, hands-on, real world experience in the field of Graphic Design. Students apply knowledge, concepts and skills acquired in the classroom, to work on client assignments and take on responsibilities associated with a professional position.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Graphic Design majors with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 within the major and permission of the Graphic Design Director and Faculty Supervisor.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this internship.

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