Laguna College of Art + Design

Graphic Design + Digital Media Minor

FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN + DIGITAL MEDIA

LCAD’s Graphic Design + Digital Media Minor offers you an array of entry-level courses aimed at introducing you to the foundational concepts of LCAD’s Graphic Design + Digital Media Major.

 

Course Listing

History of Graphic Design

Course ID: AH334
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA108
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course examines the emergence of graphic design and the professional designer from 1800 C.E. to the present. Continual conceptual and technological revolution is the essence of this subject and the theme of this course. Required for Graphic Design majors.

History of Graphic Design

Course ID: AH334
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA108
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course examines the emergence of graphic design and the professional designer from 1800 C.E. to the present. Continual conceptual and technological revolution is the essence of this subject and the theme of this course. Required for Graphic Design majors.

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Course ID: FD123
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: FD127
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This foundation course explores basic graphic design methods, processes, techniques, and formats. Assignments introduce elements, media, and principles of graphic design from historical and contemporary perspectives and emphasize visual representation aimed to communicate ideas and non-visual content. Students will use Adobe's Creative Suite 3 (CS3) software.

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Course ID: FD123
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: FD127
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This foundation course explores basic graphic design methods, processes, techniques, and formats. Assignments introduce elements, media, and principles of graphic design from historical and contemporary perspectives and emphasize visual representation aimed to communicate ideas and non-visual content. Students will use Adobe's Creative Suite 3 (CS3) software.

Fund of Digital Imaging 1 - Photoshop

Course ID: FD127
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course introduces principles of creative visualization with the use of the computer and pixel based imaging software. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon working with imagery from digital cameras, scanners, and generating original computer graphics. Topics include photo-retouching, digital drawing and painting, digital montage, color modes, and preparing files for printing and web based display. Primary software: Adobe Photoshop.

Fund of Digital Imaging 1 - Photoshop

Course ID: FD127
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course introduces principles of creative visualization with the use of the computer and pixel based imaging software. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon working with imagery from digital cameras, scanners, and generating original computer graphics. Topics include photo-retouching, digital drawing and painting, digital montage, color modes, and preparing files for printing and web based display. Primary software: Adobe Photoshop.

Fund of Digital Imaging 2 - Illustrator

Course ID: FD129
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course is focused on the use vector based imaging software for drawing and design. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon use of vector drawing tools, stylization techniques, and integration with pixel graphics. Topics include simplification of form, technical drawing, pattern creation, and perspective studies. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator.

Fund of Digital Imaging 2 - Illustrator

Course ID: FD129
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture and studio course is focused on the use vector based imaging software for drawing and design. Comprehension of key terms and concepts are taught, with projects designed to develop practical software skills and aesthetic development. Emphasis is placed upon use of vector drawing tools, stylization techniques, and integration with pixel graphics. Topics include simplification of form, technical drawing, pattern creation, and perspective studies. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator.

Typography 1

Course ID: GD223
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD27, FD129, FD144
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for the design major requiring conceptual, perceptual, manual, and computational skills to meet studio research into the history of letterforms and layout design. Projects explore compositional and structural aspects of letterforms, as well as various kinds of text layouts and their optical and interpretational effects. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Typography 1

Course ID: GD223
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD27, FD129, FD144
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for the design major requiring conceptual, perceptual, manual, and computational skills to meet studio research into the history of letterforms and layout design. Projects explore compositional and structural aspects of letterforms, as well as various kinds of text layouts and their optical and interpretational effects. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Graphic Design 1

Course ID: GD224
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for the design major. Studio practice explores the use of hierarchy, form, conceptual thinking, visual representation and interpretation, and the elements of communication. Projects address various essential graphic design formats: logotypes, promotional items, editorial design examples, announcements, and a variety of visual styles. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Graphic Design 1

Course ID: GD224
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD127, FD129
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an introductory course for the design major. Studio practice explores the use of hierarchy, form, conceptual thinking, visual representation and interpretation, and the elements of communication. Projects address various essential graphic design formats: logotypes, promotional items, editorial design examples, announcements, and a variety of visual styles. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.