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Course Descriptions

CD 111
Foundation I/Basic Design Theory
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
An introduction to basic two-dimensional design theory, principles, and practice. Students progress from circle, square, and triangle analysis to the study of line, shape, and form. Course emphasizes studio techniques and media exploration. (G6: Arts)

CD 112
Foundation II/Communication Design
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: CD 111 and CD 171
Application of design principles and systems to basic problems in advertising/graphic design. Students explore layout techniques and the relationship of typography and visual elements in creative problem solving.

CD 113
Three-Dimensional Design
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Introduces design in three dimensions by developing form through the joining of planes. Techniques with board and paper are stressed. (G6: Arts)

CD 115
Design Studio I
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Through assignments primarily executed in black and white, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of the design vocabulary. Assemblage and paper construction are introduced to assist in the development of hand skills. (G6: Arts)

CD 116
Studio Intensive I

3.5 credits; 6 LABORATORY/STUDIO hours per week
For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. Through a series of hands-on construction projects, students translate the concepts of point, line, plane and form into two- and three-dimensional designs. They learn the possibilities of design vocabulary, execute various drawing and painting exercises, and develop hand skills.

CD 121
Studio Skills
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students learn to execute marker renderings of images and type in layouts--from quick thumbnails to art director's roughs--to communicate visual ideas. The techniques of sketching quickly are taught through demonstration, exercise, and practice.

CD 122
Digital Layout I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Traditional studio skills, typography, and computer techniques are explored in order to create printed pieces using InDesign. Students learn to plan and produce files for printing.

CD 123
Basic Bookbinding
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students work hands-on to create book structures. Different bookbinding methods are explored, such as non-adhesive structures, accordions, sewing, and case-bound books, with an emphasis on craft and the proper use of materials.

CD 124
Digital Graphics I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
This course offers a basic overview of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and some Photoshop, with an emphasis on the basic technical aspects of each software program and how they can be used together. Students are also introduced to FITís online resources and printing capabilities.

CD 126
Digital Graphics Intensive I

2 credits; 4 LABORATORY/STUDIO hours per week
For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. This course is an in-depth overview of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, basic Photoshop, and an introduction to FIT online, labs and printing resources. Emphasis is on the technical aspects of each program and use of these programs in tandem.

CD 132

Creative Process
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Students study various processes and techniques to stimulate and develop creativity. The communication of ideas using visual and verbal methods is explored. (G6: Arts)

CD 134
Capturing Creativity
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students document their experience, developing ideas and questions, with an emphasis on writing, drawing and critical evaluation.

CD 171
Introduction to Typography
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Study of basic type forms, terminology, and specification. Application of type in layout design is presented, with an emphasis on rendering techniques. Includes the historical development of type.

CD 172
Computer Drawing and Typography
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Co-requisite: CD 122
This course concentrates on the creation, use, and versatility of vector-based images and type, emphasizing the connection between design and illustration.

CD 173
Typography I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
In this introductory course, students understand the principles of typography and how to use it effectively in their design work. Visual and technical aspects of typography and its history are explored.

CD 201
Computer Typesetting and Design
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
For Illustration students. Introduces the Macintosh computer system as a typesetting and graphic design tool. Through hands-on experience, students develop a working knowledge of hardware and software applications.

CD 215
Design Studio II
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: CD 115, CD 134, and CD 173
Using the same design language introduced in Design Studio I, this class focuses on three dimensional explorations. Through a series of projects with multiple components, students learn how design influences perception and the interrelationship between visual messages and craft.

CD 216
Design Studio Intensive II
3.5 credits; 6 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: CD 116 and CD 173
For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. Students learn how design influences perception by exploring the concepts of scale and dimension through model-making and drawing.They participate in a capstone group project that incorporates interdisciplinary principles emphasizing creative, conceptual and professional development, and then present the project to faculty and industry professionals.


CD 217
Capstone Design Studio
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: AD 216, DE 216, GD 216, and PK 216
This capstone course emphasizes creative, conceptual and professional development through research, concept development, and a final project with a formal presentation to faculty and industry professionals.

CD 222
Digital Layout II
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 122
This course is a continuation of CD 122. Using InDesign, students master the essential elements of design, typography, and image control, including color separations and printing.

CD 223
Introduction to InDesign
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 122 or CD 172, or approval of chairperson
Using the Adobe InDesign page layout program, students master the essential elements of design, typography, and image control, and learn to integrate other Adobe applications to enhance their designs.

CD 224
Digital Graphics II
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 124
Students explore digital imaging techniques using Adobe Photoshop to create sophisticated composite imagery. Emphasis is on image manipulation, proper scanning, color modes, color correction, pixel dimensions and output for web and print.

CD 225
Digital Graphics III
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 224
This course provides an overview of InDesign and its use in the industry. Emphasis is placed on its features and functions, including typography, page layout, image control and file preparation.

CD 226
Digital Graphics Intensive II
2 credits; 4 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 126

For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. This course introduces the essential techniques of Adobe Photoshop and builds upon CD 126 by utilizing InDesign skills at an advanced level. Focus includes image manipulation using Photoshop and other applications in tandem. Emphasis is on image adjustments and refinements, images in layouts with typography, file preparation and output to multiple platforms.

CD 231
Visual Process
1.5 credits; 3 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: CD 132 and CD 172
Images and symbols are introduced into the students' graphic vocabulary, providing them with additional methods for communicating ideas. Students develop their concepts both by hand and on computer.

CD 232
Visual Language
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: (CD 115 and CD 134) or CD 116
Students learn to create graphic images and symbols that communicate ideas and expand their graphic vocabulary. Students analyze visual messages and interpret and create meaningful ideas.

CD 234
Color Studies
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students develop a thorough understanding of color and color theory, exploring all aspects of color that pertain to paint, light, print and digital displays. Also addressed are general principles, terminologies, and digital color management.

CD 235
Design History
3 credits
This course brings an historical perspective to the design experience, introducing concepts, movements, artists and technologies that have shaped and changed design. Students undertake analysis and research, collect imagery and write effectively about design.

CD 251
Digital Imagery
1.5 credits; 3 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 172
Introduces digital imagery and its tools and techniques. Using Adobe Photoshop, students work with layers to build intricate visual composites containing multiple images, textures, and transparencies, resulting in practical design solutions.

CD 261
Portfolio Development
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
For non-degree students seeking to create Communication Design, Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design or Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design portfolios. Students build and define their portfolios to a level that is appropriate to their objectives, including college degree program admission or professional employment or advancement. In addition to portfolios, the course includes analysis of student's goals and writing and design of resumes and business cards.

CD 271
Designing with Type
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 171
Concentrates on solving design problems through the use of type and letter forms. Emphasizes rendering in a variety of media.

CD 272
Advanced Computer Drawing and Typography
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 172
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in CD 172. Emphasis is placed on advanced concepts of drawing and layout through the use of computer-drawn images and typography. Students create three-dimensional images from two-dimensional designs and prepare and optimize vector-based files for print and screen-based presentation.

CD 273
Typography II
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 173
Students deepen their knowledge of typography through practical and experimental typographic design exercises. A variety of ways of understanding the expressive nature of letterforms and typographic design are explored.

CD 322
Design Process Technology
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 225 or CD 226
Students explore grid systems that will assist in processing more complex typographic information. Students increase composition skills and typographic knowledge.

CD 351
Creating an Illustration Portfolio for the Web
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: IL 125
Students are introduced to a basic level of web design and production. Students learn the fundamentals of website layout, navigation, and various ways to develop a web grid using software, such as Dreamweaver. The goal is to develop a site structure that houses the student's portfolio.

CD 361
Professional Practices
2 credits
Future designers and art directors explore the business side of their professions by learning how to develop professional relationships; understand contracts and other business documents; negotiate, estimate, and determine fees; start, manage, and market a business; and address ethical and legal issues.

CD 371
Advanced Typography I
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: CD 216 or CD 217
Explores solutions to advanced typographical problems involving typographic origins, forms, and communication. Both hand and computerized typography are developed.

CD 372
Advanced Typography II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: CD 371
This course presents a comprehensive study of typographic applications and principles of text, grids, ligatures, and letterform development.

CD 373
The Convergence of Type and Image
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 274
Photography students learn to combine typography and photographic imagery to create promotional materials for a photography exhibit. Adobe InDesign is used.

CD 441
Broadcast Design
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: GD 244
This course guides students through the process of creating successful time-based design projects, which may be disseminated or broadcast via digital networks. The concept of incorporating motion, sound, and interactivity is introduced and experimentation with non-traditional design solutions is encouraged.

CD 442
Senior 3D Presentation Design
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: AD 494
Students explore the creative process specific to exhibition design in three dimensions. Using three-dimensional graphic design, multimedia, and audiovisuals, they design a custom system as a communications tool.

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