Courses

Code Course Credits

VPG 202

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 the Adobe software Illustrator and InDesign. Basic Adobe Photoshop is also introduced.

3

VPG 203

Introduction to Digital Imaging

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students learn the concepts of raster technology using adobe photoshop to manipulate photographs for illustration purposes and to work on various design projects. The basic workings of adobe Illustrator is introduced along with a general overview of the field of graphic design.

3

VPG 230

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 202 or VPG 203.

3

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 202 or VPG 203.

3

VPG 303

Typography: Letterforms and Words in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students learn about the development and use of typefaces. Legibility, readability, history and perception will be examined. The impact of images accompanied by text will be explored. Students use computers and traditional methods to develop visual projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 202or VPG 203

3

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 202 or VPG 203

3

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 HTMLand 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.

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.

3

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 202 or VPG 203.

3

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.

3

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.

3

VPG 475

Internship in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3