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Course descriptions

Foundations of Graphic Design (3 credits) An introduction to visual principles as the basis of graphic design communication. This course covers the manipulation of graphic form to convey meaning as well as strategies for idea generation and the development of unique concepts.

Typography (3 credits) Students build skills in the art of typesetting and typographic layout, and for expressive typography and conceptual thinking. Prerequisites: drawing skills, working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Graphic Design 1 (3 credits) An exploration of the formal elements of design including composition, color, texture, and shape. Students apply learning to visual problem-solving projects for effective graphic design communications based on the integration of typography with meaningful concepts.

Intermediate Typography (3 credits) An application of typographic principles to applied communication design projects of moderate complexity. Students create sophisticated typographic layouts and expressive, conceptually-based graphic communications.

Graphic Design 2 (3 credits) Application of design and typographic principles and type/image integration to communication design projects of moderate and increasing complexity for both print and interactive media.

User Experience (UX) Design (3 credits) An introduction to concepts, methods, and technologies employed in the design of interactive media including defining user and site requirements, managing information complexity, and designing usable and testable visual interfaces.

Intermediate Portfolio (4 credits) Students build a design portfolio demonstrating a synthesis of program learning thus far: application of design and typographic principles, and type/image integration to a variety of print and interactive media. Final panel presentation determines whether the student progresses to the next level of the certificate program.

Print Production (1.5 credits) An introduction to the basics involved in print production for graphic designers, including terminology and methods, acquiring print cost estimates, what it means to "preflight" work, font management, and color use in print production.

Interactive Development (1.5 credits) Students are required to gain and submit evidence of basic skills in HTML and CSS web coding. PCE's Web Design class (3 credits) can fulfill this requirement or other learning method of the student's choice.

Information Design (3 credits) The current course offering for this is Information Design. Students learn the principles and practical methods of visualizing complex information in both print and interactive formats and produce portfolio-quality pieces the involve in-depth research and a focus on visual storytelling through data and other forms of information.

Graphic Design 3 (3 credits) Advanced conceptual and design skills are applied to the development of complex visual systems for both print and interactive, including development of a brand. Focus on the development of a unique personal voice in the design process and refinement of typographic detail to achieve a higher level of typographic sophistication.

Advanced Interactive Projects (3 credits) Students apply advanced design skills and an understanding of UX practices to the design of several complex interactive projects including a mobile app prototype with a focus on navigation and usability. Design solutions, in the form of portfolio quality prototypes, are evaluated in the context of each student's previously defined audience and needs.

Final Graphic Design Portfolio (4 credits) Students prepare a portfolio for a job search that demonstrates professional competence in design, concept, technical skills, and craft and meets high standards of excellence. New projects are combined with project revisions to create a comprehensive, market-ready portfolio presentation that includes both both print and interactive projects.