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Graphics/Printing Technology (GRP)

GRP 110  Graphic Design I  (4)  

The purpose of this course is to summarize the role served by graphic communications in a technological society and to identify the basic functions of the industry. This course also covers the fundamental principles and elements of design and general layout principles used by graphic designers in the production of visual images. This course introduces students to design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 120  Color Theory/Composition  (4)  

This course will teach color theories and composition as they relate to imaging rules of creative element placement and design of an image, including the effects of light, exposure, and image tone. Students will further learn color theories and composition as they are used in graphic design and complement theories used in digital imaging.

GRP 121  Color Composition  (4)  

This course will introduce the use of color and composition as they relate to imaging rules of creative element placement and design of an image. Students will learn the psychology of color and how color can affect the message of the design.

GRP 132  Digital Imaging I  (4)  

This course incorporates the introduction to imaging techniques relating to basic camera operation, basic composition, basic lighting as it relates to exposure, and image reproduction. Students learn good camera handling techniques, and establish the ability to operate their digital camera using manual settings.

GRP 133  Page Layout  (4)  

This course will teach composition techniques and procedures utilizing page layout software such as Adobe Indesign. The student will explore formatting, alignment, spacing, breaks, tabs, tables, lists, drop caps, margins, columns, and become familiar with typographic details. They will also apply page layout techniques to create balanced and professionally designed materials.

GRP 141  Graphic Design II  (4)  

This course covers the intermediate principles and elements of design and general layout principles used by graphic designers in the production of visual images. This course will give students the opportunity to work within groups and begin development of skills used when working with clients. This course continues with intermediate skills in design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 143  Typography  (2)  

This course will introduce the use of different styles of typograph and how to sue them more creatively. Students will learn how different styles of typography can affect the message of the design as well as add impact to their designs.

GRP 148  Vector Based Graphics  (3)  

A study and use of vector graphics for production. Skill development in the use of the tools and transformation options of Adobe Illustrator to create complex vector illustrations for print and web-based media. Mastery in manipulation of both text and graphics with emphasis on the use of the pen tool as well as the correct use and management of different color modes. Focus on software tools and techniques to capture, correct, create and combine images for print and web. Topics include input devices, resolution, tone and color correction, retouching, painting, drawing, image manipulation, compositing, automation, graphic formats, design and reproduction considerations, interview skills with clients to obtain information. This course continues to master skills in design software such as Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 152  Digital Imaging II  (4)  

A continuance in camera technique will be explored with emphasis on exposure techniques that will produce the proper reproducible tone and image production. Image editing software will be given to produce and enhance a photograph to create a desired impact.

GRP 153  Vector Based Graphics  (5)  

A study and use of vector graphics for production. Skill development in the use of the tools and transformation options of Adobe Illustrator to create complex vector illustrations for print and web-based media. Mastery in manipulation of both text and graphics with emphasis on the use of the pen tool as well as the correct use and management of different color modes.

GRP 163  Digital Printing  (3)  

Principles of digital imaging technology and the different types of equipment and methods involved in electronic image capture are learned in this course. Students also learn how to prepare digital design and imaging files for successful output. This course will teach proper workflow techniques from file generation to print production. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting and managing files as well as determining proper file structure based on the required output.

GRP 170  Lighting Theories  (2)  

This course provides a basic understanding of the elements of light, how lighting works and its effect on recording an image. Students will learn to see with light and establish the knowledge of the tonal limits and contrast as they relate to a given image.

GRP 210  Paper & Bindery  (2)  

This course covers the different types of paper and other substrates used for printing in the graphics industry. The course also covers various finishing methods and binding techniques.

GRP 220  Digital Printing  (2)  

Principles of digital imaging technology and the different types of equipment and methods involved in electronic image capture are learned in this course. Students also learn how to prepare digital design and imaging files for successful output.

GRP 233  Graphic Design III  (5)  

This course covers the advanced principles and elements of design and layout principles used by graphic designers in the production of visual images. The projects will become directed more toward working with clients and workplace skills. Students learn to evaluate the project and determine appropriate timeline and tools needed to accomplish the task. Students also learn how to manage multiple projects and deadlines successfully. The students will be given the opportunity to begin working with clients either in person or online. This course continues with advanced skills in design software such as Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 235  Studio Lighting  (2)  

Students will practice portrait and commercial lighting techniques in the studio to develop an understanding of how lighting affects the varying differences of people. Commercial lighting will also be used to provide the maximum detail and representation for a given object.

GRP 241  Paper & Bindery  (3)  

GRP 242  Digital Imaging III  (4)  

This course establishes a higher level of camera operation and pre-visualization, along with an opportunity to enhance creative levels in composition and design. In addition, usage of editing software is introduced to enhance images created for projects. Students will have the opportunity to work with clients.

GRP 244  Raster Based Graphics  (4)  

This course will teach image composition techniques and procedures utilizing raster graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop. Focus on software tools and techniques to capture, correct, create and combine images for print and web. Topics include input devices, resolution, tone and color correction, retouching, painting, drawing, image manipulation, compositing, automation, graphic formats, design and reproduction considerations.

GRP 246  Graphic Design III  (4)  

This course covers the advanced principles and elements of design and layout principles used by graphic designers in the production of visual images. The projects will become directed more toward working with clients and workplace skills. Students learn to evaluate the project and determine appropriate timeline and tools needed to accomplish the task. The students will be given the opportunity to begin working with clients either in person or online. This course continues with advanced skills in design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 248  Graphic Design IV  (5)  

Students who have met grade and attendance requirements will work directly with clients. Students will advance the skills learned in Graphic Design III by further mastering the use of a tracer system and interview skills with clients to obtain information. This course continues to master skills in design software such as Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 251  Graphic Design IV  (4)  

Students who have met grade and attendance requirements will work with clients. Students will advance the skills learned in Graphic Design III by further mastering the use of a tracer system and interview skills with clients to obtain information. This course continues to master skills in design software such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

GRP 252  Digital Imaging IV  (4)  

Students who have met grade and attendance requirements will work with clients. Students will advance the skills learned in digital Imaging III by further mastering the use of a tracer system and interview skills with clients to obtain information.

GRP 254  Production Graphics  (4)  

This course will provide students with an on-the-job experience in a graphics setting. May include on campus virtual internship, job shadowing or off campus internship.

GRP 258  Portfolio Preparation  (3)  

This course will cover business operations and job management techniques. Students will learn interview techniques, developing and preparing a resume, digital and physical portfolio, completing job applications, ethics, and teamwork. Students will also participate in mock interviews.

GRP 260  Portfolio Preparation  (4)  

This course will cover business operations and job management techniques. Students will learn interview techniques, developing and preparing a resume, completing job applications, ethics, and teamwork. Students will also participate in mock interviews.