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GDE Courses Syllabi
GDE201
Course Title: Introduction to Graphic Design
LT/LB/CR 2/2/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: DES111,DES112,DES113
Bulletin Description: None

 

GDE202
Course Title: History of Graphic Design
LT/LB/CR 2/0/2
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: DES111,DES112,DES113
Bulletin Description: Here we have an in-depth study of the history of graphic design since 1450 as it relates to modern design practices, covering events, movements, theories, designs and individuals that have had some historical significance and influence on contemporary graphic design. Emphasis will be placed on the development of visual communication from the industrial revolution through the twentieth century. Graphic design is at once modern and ancient, and it is evolving at such a pace that many designers are losing track of the history and heritage that does exist. This course is designed to examine that information, to ensure that a contemporary designer’s work is built on the foundation of designers that came before him/her, and to inform even the non-designer as to the subtext of the visual culture surrounding them.

 

GDE211
Course Title: Graphic Design Studio I
LT/LB/CR 0/6/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: DES112, DES113
Bulletin Description: Graphic Design is about applying the principles of visual perception to the practice of visual communication. This course is the first of a sequence of graphic design studios. It is an introduction to the field of graphic design exploring the creation and function of design as a tool of communication. It provides an initial, wide-ranging exploration of visual communication issues and applications. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and language of graphic design. Design problems include projects such as logos, posters, stationery systems, short booklets, etc. Varied means of graphic representation are explored. All images, whether photographic, iconic or illustrated, are created by the student.

 

GDE212
Course Title: Graphic Design Media I: Print
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: DES113
Bulletin Description: This is a digital media course which emphasizes skills-development and the application of digital design technology. It covers the software, hardware and techniques necessary to create and deliver successful printed designs. Students will use graphic design software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign to create a series of projects which explore the world of modern graphic design for print. This is an advanced course which builds on skills covered in DES113. Topics covered include type-handling and font management, effective multi-page design techniques, digital pre-press, etc. The assignments and lab work in this course directly support GDE201 and GDE203.

 

GDE213
Course Title: Typography I
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: None
Bulletin Description: None

 

GDE214
Course Title: Art Appreciation
LT/LB/CR 3/0/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: None
Bulletin Description: Art Appreciation is an introduction to the principles and concepts used in the study and analysis of the fine arts, in order to achieve a basic understanding of art and artistic concerns. Art Appreciation studies the major cultural achievements and significant artistic works that have shaped Western culture. The approach to this course is to study the arts in an historical context beginning with the earliest artistic expressions of ancient societies and extending to twentieth century. The student will develop an understanding and appreciation of art by understanding its purpose, terminology, various disciplines, and its history. We will discuss the basic vocabulary of art and the different mediums used. The major concentration of this course will be the visual arts.

 

GDE303
Course Title: Graphic Design II
LT/LB/CR 0/6/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE211
Bulletin Description: This is an intermediate course designed to further the skills and abilities acquired in Graphic Design I. It focuses on design methodology and problem-solving techniques in the context of Graphic Design. Design approaches such as analytical, synthetic, rational and intuitive will be explored. The formulation of concepts and their transition into graphic form by way of problem-solving techniques will be addressed, as will the value of research as part of the development of design solutions. Development of creative design solutions utilizing research and information analysis in consideration of context, concept, audience and process are key aspects of this course. Students explore the creative process by combining bitmap, vector graphic and page layout software, as well as traditional art-and-design media, towards finding original design solutions. Projects may involve advanced digital imaging and typography, packaging and multi-page documents, pre-press and internet preparation.

 

GDE304
Course Title: Graphic Design Media II: Multimedia
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE212
Bulletin Description: This course will explore the design of visual, aural and written communication for electronic media, whether for desktop or Internet use. In addition, the course will examine basic issues in interactive design. Through a series of incremental assignments, students will investigate the differences between design for print and for screen, culminating in the development of live and functioning desktop applications or websites. This course will cover the latest multimedia development tools such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Macromedia Flash. It will also continue to build and reinforce skills related to the use of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

 

GDE305
Course Title: Visual Communication
LT/LB/CR 2/2/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: None
Bulletin Description: This course provides an introduction to visual literacy by considering the fundamentals of visual communication. Class readings, assignments and discussions will all demonstrate how these basic elements are applied to communicate to viewers. The contributions, ethics and methods of visual communicators will be explored by analyzing examples in a variety of visual forms, including print, graphics, illustrations, photographs, motion pictures and computer imagery.

 

GDE306
Course Title: Visual Programming
LT/LB/CR 2/2/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: None
Bulletin Description: None

 

GDE307
Course Title: History of Art
LT/LB/CR 2/2/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: None
Bulletin Description: None

 

GDE311
Course Title: Graphic Design III
LT/LB/CR 0/6/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE303
Bulletin Description: This is an intermediate studio exploring the relationship of form and communication in graphic design through advanced projects. An in-depth investigation of theoretical and practical issues related to the making and manipulation of meaning and form is carried out. Focus will be on the application of theoretical information related to semiotics and communication theory in the design solutions. Students are expected to cultivate and demonstrate a high level of comprehension about the interrelationship between visual form and meaning. Conceptual thinking; visual organization; relationship of visual form to meaning; information hierarchy, type – image relationships; and symbology and typography as major components of graphic statements are all key aspects of this course. Students will be exposed to advanced projects such as identity systems, environmental graphic design, families of package design, and series of form design or poster designs.
GDE312
Course Title: Editorial & Publication Design
LT/LB/CR 2/2/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE304
Bulletin Description: This advanced studio explores long-form graphic design. The skills developed in this course include creating continuity and variety across a range of pages, presenting different kinds of information in context-appropriate formats, and developing brand identity and continuity, as applicable to common design tasks, such as annual reports, business documents, newspapers, brochures, books and other multipage documents. The course provides an in-depth look at the techniques and tools used for producing well-designed newspaper and magazine pages such as digital layout preparation, image assembly, advanced editing, proofing systems, conventional film processes, digital capture and image-conversion, direct-to-plate technology, offset printing, flexography, digital printing processes, bindery and finishing processes.

 

GDE313
Course Title: Typography II
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE213
Bulletin Description: Non

 

GDE314
Course Title: Print Making Sudio
LT/LB/CR 2/2/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE303,GDE304
None

 

GDE315
Course Title: Space Exhibition
LT/LB/CR 2/0/2
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE401
Bulletin Description: This course introduces the basics of exhibition design. In a typical design exercise the theme, context, and conditions of a groundbreaking exhibition will be assigned. The main focus of projects is on design and design process for creating meaningful experiences of objects, ideas and information in physical spaces. The course covers: developing curatorial concepts, designing display strategies, 3D illustration and design, media design, and graphic & material language design. Emphasis will be on integrative communication of all elements involved such as time, space, movement, color, graphics, 3-D forms, objects, instructions, text and constructions.

 

GDE401
Course Title: Advanced Graphic Design
LT/LB/CR 6/6/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE311
Bulletin Description: Building further on the concepts and skills acquired in previous studios, this advanced course focuses on a more comprehensive approach to the design practice. This course presents students with complex design situations that integrate typographic, photographic, and historical concepts. Projects may include developing a comprehensive design system in which student explores issues of research, analysis, audience, context, identity, presentation and production criteria. This course presents students with complex design situations. Research and methodology are vital components of the course as students may undertake such projects as package design, instruction manuals, or book design. Via a series of 2D and 3D projects that revolve around one topic, students will continue to refine their knowledge and application of typography and of design technology in complex design situations.

 

GDE402
Course Title: Computer Animation
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE311
Bulletin Description: None

 

GDE403
Course Title: Advertising Design
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE312
Bulletin Description: None

 

GDE411
Course Title: Senior Project
LT/LB/CR 1/8/5
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE311
Bulletin Description: This is a continuation of GDE404 course in which students selected an area of design and developed a research project. Students present and defend a project suitable for professional presentation. The final product should demonstrate a clearly-resolved project, with a high degree of critical thinking, skill and craft. Problems presented are representative of current visual communication needs.

 

GDE412
Course Title: Web Design
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE401
Bulletin Description: This course covers the concepts and application of graphic design for the World Wide Web. It introduces students to the unique and fascinating world of online interfaces and website development. Students will create original Web sites with attention to design fundamentals such as color, typography, imagery and composition. Web publishing software, multi-media or the Web, animation, interactivity, and basic XHTML are all covered.

 

GDE413
Course Title: Digital Audio & Video
LT/LB/CR 1/4/3
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: GDE401
Bulletin Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the techniques of generating and manipulating digital audio & video. Areas studied include digital video format standards, the principles of video recording, editing and delivery, in addition to basics of digital audio, editing for video and the synchronization of audio & video files.

 

GDE414
Course Title: Professional Practice
LT/LB/CR 2/0/2
Co-requisite: None
Pre-requisite: None
Bulletin Description: None

 

Elective Courses
GDE316
GDE405
GDE406
GDE407
GDE415