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Course Descriptions

VISCO 110: Introduction to Apple Macintosh

Credits: 2.0

Introduction to the Apple computers and Adobe software applications that are utilized in the Visual Communications courses. Required for those with little or no Apple computer or Adobe software experience.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed design projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in design. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of design techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for design and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of design projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of design for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 115: Web Design I

    Credits: 4.0

    Introduction to 2D design principles and Web design software for building a graphic user interface (GUI) and maintaining websites. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 110 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed Web design projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in Web design. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of Web design techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for Web design and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of Web design projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of Web design for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 120: Digital Imaging

    Credits: 4.0

    Introduction to image editing software and techniques to enhance, edit, and manipulate digital images for use in print, Web, and multimedia projects. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 110 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed digital imaging projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in digital imaging. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of digital imaging techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for digital imaging and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of digital imaging projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of design for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 125: Multimedia Design I

    Credits: 4.0

    Introduction to 2D design principles and software that combines text, audio, images, illustrations, and/or video within a single visual presentation for broadcast, web and/or interactive platforms. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 115 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed multimedia design projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in multimedia design. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of multimedia design techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for multimedia design and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of multimedia design projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of multimedia design for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 135: Web Design II

    Credits: 4.0

    Advance development of graphic user interface (GUI) and web pages production through the use of CSS, HTML coding and design techniques to deliver a more dynamic website and user experience (UX). Prerequisite(s): VISCO 115 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Reinforce techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed Web design projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in Web design. [REASON]
  • Reinforce production of quality work through the application of a variety of Web design techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Reinforce knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for Web design and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Reinforce constructive critiques of Web design projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Reinforce research skills in Web design for presentation and proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 145: Illustration

    Credits: 4.0

    Implements the elements and principles of two-dimensional design in computer-aided illustrations and drawing. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 110.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed illustration projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in illustration. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of illustration techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for illustration and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of illustration projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of illustration for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 210: Video Editing

    Credits: 4.0

    Provides the fundamentals of video editing foundations from concept to completion in video production.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed video editing projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in video editing. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of video editing techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for video editing and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of video editing projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of video editing for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 215: Video Production I

    Credits: 4.0

    Students working in teams learn the fundamentals of producing a video. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 210.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed video production projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in video production. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of video production techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for video production and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of video production projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of video production for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 220: Video Production II

    Credits: 4.0

    Students work individually to self-produce and edit a video project from concept to completion. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 215.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Reinforce techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed video production projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in video production. [REASON]
  • Reinforce production of quality work through the application of a variety of video production techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Reinforce knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for video production and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Reinforce constructive critiques of video production projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Reinforce research skills in video production for presentation and proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 230: Multimedia Design II

    Credits: 4.0

    Advance use of 2D design principles and software that combines text, audio, images, illustrations, and/or video within a single visual presentation for broadcast, web and/or interactive platforms. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 125 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Reinforce techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed multimedia design projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in multimedia design. [REASON]
  • Reinforce production of quality work through the application of a variety of multimedia design techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Reinforce knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for multimedia design and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Reinforce constructive critiques of multimedia design projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Reinforce research skills in multimedia design for presentation and proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 240: Typography

    Credits: 4.0

    Introduces the fundamental process for using typography in the publication and graphic design industry. Prerequisite(s): VISCO 145 or ART 225.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed typography projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in typography. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of typography techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for typography and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of typography projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in the history of typography for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 245: Production Design

    Credits: 4.0

    Utilize a combination of print, web, and/or video to develop and complete real design projects for actual clients. Working individually or within groups, this course will produce materials suitable for your portfolio. Prerequisite(s): ART 226 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed motion graphic design projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in motion graphic design. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of motion graphic design techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for motion graphic design and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of motion graphic design projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in motion graphic design for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]

  • VISCO 250: Design Portfolio

    Credits: 2.0

    Introduces the development and production strategies to best present your work and yourself to potential employers. Prerequisite(s): ART 226 or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively apply techniques and skills of good craftsmanship to completed design portfolio projects and course assignments. [REASON]
  • Effectively generate, consider and evaluate problems in design portfolio. [REASON]
  • Produce quality work through the application of a variety of design portfolio techniques and media. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic compositional guidelines for design portfolio and apply them effectively to completed course projects and assignments. [ACT]
  • Give and receive constructive critiques of design portfolio projects created by you and others using language appropriate to the domain and course themes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate research skills in design portfolios for presentation and using proper documentation of research. [EXPLORE]