Laguna College of Art + Design

Course Listings

Western Art History 1

Course ID: AH210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA111
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from pre-history until the Renaissance period in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Western Art History 2

Course ID: AH220
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces students to art historical issues and important monuments from the Renaissance through the mid-nineteenth century in the Western tradition. It establishes a social, political, and historical context for the production of art in society, and provides art students with a sense of the historical development of styles as a continuous tradition relating to their own work. This course is coordinated with the Western Civilization courses.

Modern + Contemporary Art History

Course ID: AH320
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH220
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course addresses developments in art from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Although the course focuses on the western scene, issues of contemporary global art are also discussed. Museum and gallery visits are required.

History of Graphic Design

Course ID: AH334
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
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.

Aesthetics

Course ID: AH420
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: AH210, AH220, AH320 + History of Major
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course includes consideration of such questions as: What is Art? What is Beauty? What is the role and responsibility of artists in society? Are there genuine standards by which we can judge art? Students have the opportunity to participate in dialogues concerning these questions.

Fund Comp + Color: Digital

Course ID: FD118
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course investigates principles of pictorial organization through the relationship of composition and color of visual elements. This includes the study of formal qualities of art; line, shape, value, texture, rhythm, space, balance, proportion, movement, unity, harmony, and tension. Studies of color address properties of hue, value, and intensity, as well as color interactions of harmony, discord, and simultaneous contrast. Special emphasis is given to concepts necessary for visual communication, regardless of media, but this course will utilize digital tools as a way to explore the concepts efficiently and to prepare students for contemporary expectations of commercial art and design professions. Primary software: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

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 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.

Fundamentals of Motion Graphics

Course ID: FD142
Course Credits: 2
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the process of creating motion graphics.The core applications used in this course are Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, and illustrator. Students will also be creating video content to use in their motion graphics work.

Fundamentals of Type

Course ID: FD144
Course Credits: 2
Pre-Requisite: FD145 OR FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers the history, theory and practice of letterforms and typography they apply to other areas of design, graphics and visual communication. Projects cover principles of typography, letter structure, typeface selection, fundamentals of digital type, and typographic layout.

Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

Course ID: FD151
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to drawing the human form. Students work from the draped and undraped model. Emphasis is on accurate representation of the figure utilizing observation with the elements of gesture, measurement, construction line, volume, proportion, and surface anatomy. Materials include graphite and charcoal.

Fundamentals of Illustration

Course ID: FD161
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD151
Requirement: R
Course Description:
An introduction to illustration and the role of the illustrator in the communication arts field. Through assignments and in-class demonstrations and brief exercises, students will explore the practices and principles of communicating visual concepts and executing successful illustrations. Students will work with a variety of media and surfaces and will be expected to understand the uniqueness and use of each individual material and practice by the end of class. The course will place an emphasis on visual communication and problem solving. Students are expected to come prepared to every class, and to find individual solutions to the illustration _problems? provided them throughout the semester and to successfully execute each project to the breadth of their ability.

Typography 1

Course ID: GD223
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD123, FD27, FD129
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.

Typography 2

Course ID: GD225
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD223, GD224
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This intermediate course explores the underlying principles and elements of letterforms. Also explored are their usage, various grid-based layout systems, and typographic styles. Assignments emphasize visual representations of complex information through various editorial design formats, and are conceived as a means by which to analyze the semiotic function of text and its aesthetic and phenomenal qualities. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.

Graphic Design 2

Course ID: GD226
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD223, GD224
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an intermediate course in the Graphic Design major. Conceptual and practical solutions are emphasized in projects that are conceived to address and meet various communication objectives. Assignments are based on research, design process communication skills and professional presentation.

Computer Imaging

Course ID: GD230
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127 + FD129 OR FD160+FD162
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This studio course in digital image making will challenge students to create thought-provoking and visually stimulating work while learning how to use the computer as a versatile tool for creation and manipulation. A range of projects will be developed while students consider the role of literal and implicit communication, aesthetics, and emotional impact. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Macromedia Flash (a beginning intro).

Internet Design 1

Course ID: GD231
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD127 + FD129 OR FD160+FD162
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course introduces design issues related to the Internet and to hands-on development of HTML web pages that incorporate text and graphics. Emphasis is placed upon practical web-design principles and supporting technologies, including basic use of domain name registration, purchasing web-hosting services, JavaScript, and CSS. The course will include discussions of issues such as HTML hand-coding, usability, marketing, contrasting design philosophies, supplemental software training, and site page development exercises. Course content is designed to prepare students to create and maintain basic web sites and to give a solid foundation for continued web-design study and development. Computer applications: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe ImageReady, and Adobe Illustrator.

User Interface Design

Course ID: GD236
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD223, GD224
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course covers user interface and user experience principles, processes, and application. Students will learn the basic skills of UI/UX in order to design digital products such as mobile apps and responsive websites. The goal of the class is to understand and apply the product development steps; starting with research, concept validation, user-focused designs, to file preparation for web developers/engineers. The course will introduce industry-approved tools and programs.

Corporate Identity 1

Course ID: GD311
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This advanced course requires creative, computational, and manual skills to meet conceptual and/or visual standards pertinent to a company's identity system. This course includes a comparative analysis of the market and of strategic market positioning to create a visual identity system (for example, creating a brandmark, color palettes, and photographic and illustration styles) and sample applications (examples include transportation, clothing, media, signage, and packages).

Communication Design 1

Course ID: GD312
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD225, GD226
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This is an intermediate course in the design major that focuses on the methods and principles of communication and the creation of meaningful content through the development of visual symbols, structures, and systems. The course will include extensive readings and in-depth research, the development and execution of strategic briefs, and both visual and verbal presentations.

Digital Videography 1

Course ID: GD320
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course focusses on recording, editing, and compositing digital video files. Concepts and techniques of non-linear editing, compositing layers of computer generated imagery and live action video, special effects, camera movements and cinematic points of view, and design of titling and motion graphics will be covered. The work of professional animators, directors, and producers will be screened and discussed. This course covers the operation of video-capable devices and camcorders, including exposure control, use of lighting, and shot types. Techniques for working with title graphics and sound will also be demonstrated and practiced.

Motion Graphics + Visual Effects 1

Course ID: GD411
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD142
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course builds on students existing design and typography skills and sets them in motion. Students in this course learn how to communicate messages by combining video, 3d, animation, and sound. This course focuses on Adobe master suite, After Effects, Maya, Sound Booth, and FinalCut Pro. Students will be storyboarding and executing motion graphics pieces that would be used in high definition television and on the web. Topics include typographic design, alpha channels, keys, masks, compositing 2D and 3D graphics, and video compression.

Senior Portfolio 1

Course ID: GD418
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD001
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course prepares students to enter the professional design industry. Students will create a database of prospective employers in a variety of design-related fields for a self-promotional direct-mail campaign. In accordance with the observed individual needs, students will complete a grand-scale senior thesis project. The emphasis of the senior thesis is for the student to challenge their design and problem-solving skills while developing final portfolio pieces.

Senior Portfolio 2

Course ID: GD419
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: GD418
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course continues to prepare students to enter the professional design industry. Students will create a database of prospective employers in a variety of design-related fields for a self-promotional direct-mail campaign. In accordance with the observed individual needs, students will complete a grand-scale senior thesis project. The emphasis of the senior thesis is for the student to challenge their design and problem-solving skills while developing final portfolio pieces.

Rendering

Course ID: IL210
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: FD161
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course provides an intensive study of graphic visualization for convincing representation. Students will be introduced to the use of light logis and the application of a variety of black and white and color media to produce highly refined and visually accurate drawings and painting. Emphasis is on a realistic fidelity in the representation of nature and man-made objects through the careful study of structure, surface, and lighting influences.

First-Year Seminar

Course ID: LA100
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course will examine diverse ways of optimizing students experience in college. Different aspects of the student and human experience will be covered, acclimating students to and improving the nature of the learning community. Guest experts will visit to discuss specialized aspects of the course content, and several classes will be devoted to putting the lessons into active practice via ?lab? sessions.

English Composition

Course ID: LA104
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: English Diagnostic
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course is the first leg of a full-year writing requirement and focuses on exploratory writing and methods of rhetoric. The goal is to provide the groundwork for the more sophisticated writing and thinking that is required later in their academic careers, as well as to help students reach a level of expository prose writing deemed appropriate for the university level. Classes are conducted in a workshop setting where students explore issues of craft as it relates to the process of writing.

Critical Reasoning

Course ID: LA111
Course Credits: 3
Pre-Requisite: LA104
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This course prepares students for the writing, reading, and analysis required in their undergraduate education by learning various methods of argumentation, logic, and inquiry. Students practice their reasoning skills in writing assignments and discussions that demand analysis via critical reasoning. Assigned readings focus on basic philosophical questions and issues facing thinkers in all academic disciplines. This course helps students discover that writing is a natural, creative, and meaningful activity that helps them learn about themselves and the world. Students also learn the importance of questioning and critiquing the words and ideas of others. Ultimately, students experience first-hand how critical reasoning enables them to become informed and educated citizens of the world, with the abilities to affect change via their own words and actions. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for all Liberal Arts & Art History courses.

Professional Studies for Designers

Course ID: LA326
Course Credits: 3
Requirement: R
Course Description:
This lecture/studio course introduces students to business practices, thereby bridging the gap between the educational experience and the professional world of the graphic designer. Topics include self-promotion, processes and intricacies of finding work, printing processes and collateral, general business guidelines, billing clients, contracts, and professional organizations.