Academic Catalog

Graphic Technologies Classes

Art, Design & Visual Thinking

Item Number
GTC 110
Credits
5

Introduction to visual arts and design principles. Stresses the components of visual thinking and visual language underlying design for digital media. A series of real-life case studies and exercises applies the design process and use of basic elements of design, typography, images, color and layout. 

Macintosh Operations & Image Acquisition

Item Number
GTC 123CL
Credits
5

Introduction to Macintosh computer operations and file management. Covers image acquisition and archiving from Internet and analog sources. 

Digital Imaging I: Photoshop

Item Number
GTC 130
Credits
5

Introduces the fundamentals of Photoshop to include basic tools, image editing, painting, and the creation, use, and management of layers and channels. 

Electronic Publishing & Layout

Item Number
GTC 143
Credits
5

Apply typographic terms, vocabulary, and concepts; examine type identification and explore the relationships or essence of typographic design. Apply and solve mathematical problems common to typography. Apply basic page layout and create files. Explore proofreading and correcting copy changes. 

Digital Imaging II: Photoshop

Item Number
GTC 149
Credits
5

Builds on the fundamentals of Photoshop and introduces advanced imagery to include blending, advanced layers, advanced selections, vector tools, filters and tonal correction. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 130 or instructor approval.

Prepress I

Item Number
GTC 164
Credits
5

Students will learn to create, edit, and manipulate PDF files; combine files; and secure PDF documents. They will also learn how to work with many of the advanced features of Adobe Acrobat, including OCR text recognition, pre-flight, print production tasks, touch up and commenting, proofing, live review and collaboration. 

Intro to Vector-Based Illustration Software

Item Number
GTC 169
Credits
5

Vector-based software, tools and features will be used to create text and logos, apply image effects, and design web graphics. The course incorporates branding and identifiers when designing products and enables students to design for both print and web.

InDesign I

Item Number
GTC 174
Credits
5

Covers InDesign techniques as performed on Macintosh computers. Students will create files for electronic output and create documents using color and color separations for creating ads, brochures, menus and other documents. Course explores PDF files, EPS files, and production work. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 143 or instructor approval.

Preflight

Item Number
GTC 203
Credits
5

Use applications on the Macintosh computer to create high-level graphics, images, logos and projects in color. Perform graphic manipulation, computer output, PDF formats and postscript files. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 223, GTC 276 or instructor approval.

Advanced Vector Digital Illustration

Item Number
GTC 209
Credits
5

Students will perform advanced techniques using Adobe Illustrator; create documents using color swatches and color separations for a variety of projects; explore the abilities of different tools, panels, effects, and filters; and integrate Adobe Acrobat Pro as soft-proofing software from within Illustrator and prepare files for electronic output ready for a service provider. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 169, or instructor approval.

Digital Imaging III: Photoshop

Item Number
GTC 210
Credits
5

Building on a solid knowledge of Photoshop’s basic functions, this course explores advanced color theory and use of Photoshop for color correction. Students will learn efficient use of layers, masks, and channels for photo retouching and special effects. Covers optimization for production, importing and exporting of images. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 149, or instructor approval.

Prepress II

Item Number
GTC 223
Credits
5

Advanced prepress production topics are covered through lecture, research and practice. Topics include: fonts, postscript, Acrobat, file management and raster image processing. Students will produce printing plates with halftones through the use of the Adobe suite and raster image processing. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 164 or instructor approval.

Advanced Page Layout Principles

Item Number
GTC 225
Credits
5

Students will apply advanced page layout techniques using industry-standard software to produce files for output. Covers the creation of preflight and package press-ready files. Also includes outputting composite and separations to postscript and imposing jobs for output service provider.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 276, GTC 209, GTC 164 or instructor approval.

Capstone Class

Item Number
GTC 254CAP
Credits
5

Preparation of personal job-hunting package of student’s chosen specialty within the graphic technologies program, including industry research, business cards, cover letters, envelopes, resumes, personal sales pitches and portfolios. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 223 or instructor approval.

Web Animation Design

Item Number
GTC 260
Credits
5

Offers experience using industry-standard tools for basic web animation. Students will develop familiarity with a timeline, layers, symbols, vector tools and introductory animation techniques.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 276 or instructor approval.

Paper, Pricing & Estimating

Item Number
GTC 264
Credits
5

Explores paper choices and cost within the printing industry. Students will produce a business package and present their work with estimates to a group. 

Web Programming Basics

Item Number
GTC 265
Credits
5

Apply basic programming and graphical user-interface techniques for developing effective and useful websites. Become familiar with current HTML code syntax and CSS code for styling. Through progressive enhancement of skills, students will build multipage websites, culminating in a personal portfolio website.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 276 or instructor approval.

Web Graphic Design and User Experience

Item Number
GTC 273
Credits
5

Learn techniques and best practices for designing graphics to be used on the web. Build website layout mockups, style guides, and user interface elements using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Using modern design principles, create layouts that are both appealing and easy to use.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 276 or instructor approval.

InDesign II

Item Number
GTC 276
Credits
5

Students will perform advanced techniques with InDesign, create documents, use color and color separations for a variety of projects, and prepare files for electronic output. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 174 or instructor approval.

Independent Study

Item Number
GTC 278
Credits
4

This course explores student competency in the student’s specialty skills area of the Graphic Technologies program. Students will produce a capstone project showing work accomplished and skills summarized.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 254 Capstone class or instructor approval.

Internship

Item Number
GTC 280
Credits
4

Provides on-the-job field experience relevant to visual communications. Apply classroom skills to work-related supervised learning experience. Internships may be paid or non-paid assignments and occur at on- or off-campus locations. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GTC 254 Capstone class or instructor approval.

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