Graphic Design and Photography (GDP)

Credit Courses

GDP 110 Media Design (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Recommended starting point for students interested in careers in graphic design and media arts. An introductory course in design and composition as it relates to the digital arena. Students learn elements of design such as line, shape, color, and texture, as well as principles of design such as balance, repetition, and unity and apply them to designs and illustrations created with digital tools and industry-standard software programs. Provides a strong introduction to composition and conceptualization in design for print and electronic output.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 111 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Starting point for those studying Graphic Design. Students are introduced to industry software applications to create basic page layouts. Topics include overview of the commercial print industry, image preparation, basic layout design and typography principles, color modes and file preparation for print. Student assignments encompass both design creativity and technical skills. Recommended to take concurrent with GDP110 Media Design.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

GDP 112 Digital Literacy for Media Artists and Designers (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Introduction to theory, history and practice of interaction design, visualization and software art through current software and introductory programming languages.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

GDP 113 Typography (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Introduces a basic understanding of the effective use of type. Emphasis is on the use of typography in graphic design. Topics include the history of type, aesthetic qualities of letterforms, anatomy of the letter, typefaces and style and compositional arrangement.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

GDP 114 Intermediate Graphic Design (3 Units)

Course Advisories: GDP 110 or GDP 111.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Students apply the principles of design and visual communication to a variety of print-related and electronic projects. Students add to their understanding of the design software applications, and advance their critical thinking in regards to design principles and conveying messages visually. Students participate in individual and group critiques, which emphasize the objective and subjective qualities of their work. The design process, concept and content are stressed, using industry-standard software in a state-of-the-art computer lab.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

GDP 115 Information Visualization (3 Units)

Prerequisites: GDP 112.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

An introductory course that surveys the expanding field of infographics and visualization. Students will gain an understanding of this expanding field and demonstrate how to visualize and present data in clear and meaningful ways. Explorations will include data display methods and technologies, graphical model choices, and industries in which data visualizations are utilized.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 116 History of Graphic Design (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

An introduction to the history of graphic design, including the creative innovators, breakthrough technologies and important historical developments which have defined graphic design throughout the last 150 years.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 118 Creative Thinking (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Designed to give students basic concepts to enhance their innate creative abilities. Numerous creative problem-solving techniques and ideas are explored. The underlying assumption is that innovation is a skill which can be learned.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 212 Graphic Design II (3 Units)

Course Advisories: GPD 111 and GDP 114.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Advanced studies and projects in graphic design and advertising. Students explore the creative process in developing ads and promotions for print and other media. Emphasis is on concepts, content and design.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable, UC Transferable

GDP 215 Publication Design (3 Units)

Course Advisories: GDP 111 and GDP 114.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Advanced study in design and production for multi-page print and digital publications. Topics include paper choices, pagination, preflight issues, proofing, output options, and publications for web devices. Students design and produce multi-page booklets and publications for mobile devices to be used as portfolio pieces.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 217 Dynamic Information Visualization (3 Units)

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Continuation of visualization practices towards user interactivity for web, mobile, and other media choices. Areas explored include dynamic and large data sets, embedded sensors and the internet of things.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 230 Portfolio (3 Units)

Course Advisories: GDP 212 or GDP 215.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Hours: 90 (36 lecture, 54 lab)

Guides students in developing and refining a body of work that constitutes a portfolio reflecting individual creative and visual communication skills. Assignments include improving current pieces, presenting their work and themselves to prospective employers in a compelling way. Portfolios are essential in transitioning to other institutions or the professional world.

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

GDP 290 Work Experience In Graphic Design and Photography (1-4 Units)

Course Advisories: PHOT 109 or GDP 114.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Hours: 300 (300 lab)

Limitation on enrollment: Must be enrolled in any GDP course. Supervised employment for students whose career objectives, course of study and employment complement each other. Student to carry out assigned duties as an employee; follow employer's policies, rules and regulations; write learning objectives; keep a record of time worked; fill out student data card; and secure employer's evaluation at the end of the semester. Course restricted to 3 repetitions

Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

Noncredit Courses

GDP NC001 Digital Design Techniques (0 Units)

Hours: 25 (15 lecture, 10 lab)

Students learn how to create flyers, brochures, logos, and more using Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign programs from the Adobe CS suite. Class will examine how the programs work together to seamlessly combine photos, graphics, and page layouts to produce high quality products. Students complete class assignments to practice and demonstrate the skills required to design and complete a professional project. This course may be taught bilingually. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC005 Photoshop Overview (0 Units)

Hours: 10 (6 lecture, 4 lab)

This introductory course offers an overview of Photoshop tools and functionality to discover the creative potential of image editing. Students will become familiar with the Photoshop window, tools, and main menu bar. The class will cover opening and saving files, image com-positing and collage, selections, layers and image correction. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC010 Introduction to Adobe Illustrator (0 Units)

Hours: 25 (15 lecture, 10 lab)

Introduction to the basics of Adobe Illustrator, a powerful graphic design and illustration program and an essential tool for any design project. Students learn how to create illustrations, logos, and more using Illustrator from the Adobe CS suite. Students complete class assignments to practice and demonstrate the skills required to design and complete a professional project. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC015 Fundamentals of Graphics (Bilingual) (0 Units)

Hours: 54 (54 lecture)

Bilingual course introduces the student to the basic operation of Adobe Photoshop, MS Publisher, Windows Movie Maker and Microsoft Paint. Students develop the skills to work efficiently in these programs through a series of projects including enhancing and collaging images, retouching photos and creating digital artwork. Overview of the tools, options, menus, palettes, file formats and system requirements will be discussed. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC021 Learn Adobe Acrobat Tools. Optimize Your C3! Create, Communicate & Collaborate (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

We download them from the web and share them as emails: PDF’s, what are they and how can they make our lives easier? The Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format has become increasingly popular in our world as a means of sharing information, becoming so ubiquitous that often we find ourselves using PDFs without really understanding what they are and how they work. This course demonstrates the basics of working with PDFs: how to create, combine, edit, export, review, annotate, comment and share documents. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC022 Apply Adobe Acrobat Tools: Optimize Your C3! Create, Collect, & Communicate (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

Streamline your workflow and eliminate paper as you gain additional skill with Adobe Acrobat. This course demonstrates the use of PDFs to convert paper documents into digital archives, combine documents from various applications into one cohesive file or portfolio, add interactivity to manuals and newsletters, and create interactive forms for easy data collection. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC031 Information Design for Print (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

As technology enables the collection of an increasing and greater amount of data, today's designer is challenged to help make insights possible through the graphical presentation of this information. This course serves as an introduction to the foundation of information design and the creation of static visualizations for print distribution. Students will learn to tell stories visually with data through the understanding of data types, graphic design principles, and current software tools. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC032 Interactive Information Design for Screen (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

This course explores the power and potential of coding for creating interactive designs. Beginning with a strong foundation in basic coding structures, students will quickly see visual results as they read, map, and illustrate information. The introduction of interactivity will allow students to create additional dimensions and layers of meaning by providing users methods to investigate and interact with data in new and novel ways. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC041 Producing a Digital Newsletter (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (0 lecture, 8 lab)

Focuses on formatting a newsletter for print and digital platforms. Students will be given guidance while laying out an actual publication of their own choosing or will be given a prototype to produce. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC042 Producing a Digital Magazine (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

Focuses on basic techniques of formatting a magazine cover and interior master pages for print or digital platforms. Guidance on tools are given while applying skills to a real-time project. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC051 Save a Tree, Go Paperless (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

Students will learn about pixels, the building blocks for digital images, and how they relate to image size and resolution. Demonstrate how the “intent” (print, web, digital documents) determines the size and resolution. Additionally students will learn how to use Photoshop to perform basic photo editing and re-touching. Course restricted to 98 repetitions

GDP NC052 Size Matters! Preparing Digital Images for Print, Web and Digital Documents (0 Units)

Hours: 8 (8 lecture)

Students will learn about pixels, the building blocks for digital images, and how they relate to image size and resolution. Demonstrate how the “intent” (print, web, digital documents) determines the size and resolution. Additionally students will learn how to use Photoshop to perform basic photo editing and re-touching. Course restricted to 98 repetitions