Art - Graphic Design (ARTG)



100 Basic Graphic Design - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of graphic communication. Instruction incorporates traditional hand-rendering methods as well as use of the computer. In this class the fundamental principles and elements of design are identified and applied to two and three dimensional projects. This course is intended for students majoring in graphic design and anyone interested in basic graphic design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

106 Typography - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Art-Graphic Design 265A Typography.
This beginning course covers the selection, styles, terminology, classifications, spacing, layout, and history of typography. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and analyzing concepts to solve typographic problems. Traditional hand rendering skills and computer software are used to develop effective typographic design. This course is intended for students majoring in graphic design and anyone interested in typography. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

118 Graphic Design History - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

This course examines graphic design as a vital component of each culture and period in human history. Great minds in design, breakthrough technologies and important design movements are covered in their historical context. This course is intended for students majoring in graphic design and anyone interested in design history. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

120 Illustration - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; and Art-Fine Art 150A and Art-Fine Art 155B, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course addresses illustration methods, materials, and tools as related to the discipline of graphic design. Emphasis is placed on developing effective visual concepts and solutions through specific illustration assignments. Students explore a variety of media techniques utilizing both black and white and color. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

124 Page Layout - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Art-Graphic Design 106 and 125, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Art-Commercial 124.
This course is a study of design layout for two dimensional graphic projects, such as business systems, brochures, advertisements, and posters. The primary tool is the computer, but traditional methods are also used. Topics include grids, principles and procedures of effective layout. This course is intended for graphic design majors and anyone interested in page layout. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

125 Digital Media - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Art-Commercial Art 125.
This course is an introduction to the principles of digital media utilized for visual communication. Instruction incorporates the current hardware and software utilized in the graphic design industry. The specific hardware and software is announced for each course section, each semester. This course is intended for students majoring in graphic design and anyone interested in digital media. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

126 Intermediate Digital Media - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; and Art-Graphic Design 125 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is an intermediate level survey course which explores the principles of digital media utilized for visual communication. Instruction will incorporate the primary hardware and software utilized in the digital media industry today. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

133 Intermediate Graphic Design II (Identity Systems and Packaging) - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: Art-Graphic Design 106 and Art-Graphic Design 125, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This intermediate course covers the application of design principles to the production of logos and marks. Students learn to use type in current marks, create design briefs, and use branding in the development of package designs. Traditional and computer approaches are covered. This course is intended for graphic design majors and anyone interested in logo and packaging design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

135 Professional Practices - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Art-Graphic Design 124 or 133 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a practical study of professional practices for graphic designers. Emphasis is placed on employment opportunities, freelance, and small business creation in the graphic design field. Students work on real-world projects to assess their strengths and weaknesses, create a personal brand, and interact with various working professionals. Topics also include self-promotion, contracts, and professional networking. This course is designed for students majoring in graphic design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

138 Process and Production - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Art-Graphic Design 124 or 133 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a practical study of creative processes as they relate to graphic design production. Emphasis is placed on idea generation, techniques for inspiration, and communicating individual creative processes as they relate to graphic design production. Topics also include current graphic design trends and intellectual property. This course is intended for graphic design majors and graphic designers currently working in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

144 Web Page Graphic Design - 0.5 hour lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; and Art-Graphic Design 124 and Art-Graphic Design 125, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with credit for Art-Graphic Art 265B, Web Page Design/Graphic Art.
This intermediate course explores the graphic elements of web page design. Emphasis is placed on the content, look and feel and navigational issues of web design. Instruction incorporates the current hardware and software utilized in the web industry. The specific hardware and software will be announced for each course section each semester. This course is tailored to the student in graphic design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

148A Portfolio A - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from the instructor for enrollment. Students must submit a portfolio for evaluation demonstrating advanced graphic design skills per department policy before an add code is issued.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Art-Graphic Design 155 or Art-Graphic Design 147.
This advanced course covers the design and layout of personal identity to a stationary package, resume, cover letter, library sheets and portfolio layout preparation for a book portfolio. Analysis of existing work, issues of format and content, and implementation of a portfolio development plan culminate in completed portfolio spreads. This course is designed for graphic design majors and students interested in advanced graphic design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

148B Portfolio B - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Art-Graphic Design 147. Must obtain an Add Code from the instructor for enrollment. Students must submit a portfolio for evaluation demonstrating advanced graphic design skills per department policy before an add code is issued.
This advanced course applies portfolio strategies to the creation of a complete professional portfolio of work. Students are required to formally present their portfolio for review and critical analysis by department faculty and advisors. This course is designed for graphic design majors and students interested in advanced graphic design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

148C Portfolio Building - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 47A or English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Art-Graphic Design 124 and 133, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is intended for advanced graphic design students to develop and build substantial portfolio projects. Emphasis is placed on assessment of current trends and the development of original packaging and typeface designs to reach target markets. This course requires students to spend considerable time outside of class to complete projects. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

149 Studio Practices - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from the instructor for enrollment. Students must submit portfolio of graphic design work in order to obtain an add code from the instructor for registration.
This advanced course is designed to provide opportunities for professional practice in the field of graphic design. Whenever possible students will work on real jobs for non-profit organizations and San Diego City or Miramar College. Interfacing with clients, developing design briefs and graphic problem solving will result in printed portfolio samples. This course is intended for students majoring in graphic design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

151 Travel by Design - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is a practical study of creativity and global design through travel and the exploration of new people, places and cultures. Emphasis is placed on the application of innovative thinking and global competencies to design solutions for an increasingly interconnected world. Students expand their perspectives and develop global competencies through immersion into select geographic areas. Students may choose to travel to the select geographic area or experience it through online participation. This course is designed for graphic arts majors and anyone interested in developing creativity through global competencies. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

174A Book Arts I - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Art-Fine Art 150A or Art-Graphic Design 100 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Art-Fine Art 174A.
This is an interdisciplinary course for art students and others who are interested in book arts. The course emphasizes visual form, physical structure, and expressive potential of the artist-made book, including essential elements, tools, and processes. Students construct books in Western and Asian traditions and use these concepts to create unique forms. This course is cross-listed as Art-Fine Art (ARTF) 174A. (FT) AA/AS; CSU, UC.

206 Advanced Typography - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R5 and W5; Art-Graphic Design 106 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This advanced course covers techniques and conceptual strategies to solve complex typographic problems. Emphasis is placed on historical and contemporary letter forms and the expressive potential of typography to create meaning. This course is intended for graphic design majors and anyone interested in advanced typography. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

225 Advanced Digital Media - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Art-Graphic Design 125 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5; Art-Graphic Design 126 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is an advanced study of the principles of digital media used for visual communication. Instruction incorporates current hardware and software utilized in the graphic design industry. Specific hardware and software is announced for each course section each semester. This course is designed for students majoring in graphic design and anyone interested in furthering their digital media skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

270 Work Experience in Graphic Design - Hours by Arrangement (One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work.) 1-4 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from Work Experience Coordinator for registration.
A program of on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a job related to their major or their educational goals. AA/AS; CSU.

290 Independent Study in Graphic Design - Hours by Arrangement, 1-3 Units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from instructor for registration.
Open to advanced students interested in working on special problems in Graphic Design. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.