Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD)

MGD 101 | Introduction to Computer Graphics

Studio Art Credit: 3

Introduces the student to the computer system developed for graphics. The student will learn the hardware and software components for multimedia production. Each student will explore basic computer operations, ergonomics, file management, scanning techniques, archiving capabilities, and utilization of the multimedia department server and internet connection.

MGD 105 | Typography and Layout

Studio Art Credit: 3

Covers the creation and production of graphic projects, emphasizing the layout creative design process, problem solving, and research. Provides experience producing thumbnails, roughs and digital layouts emphasizing refined creative typography.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 101 and MGD 116

MGD 111 | Adobe Photoshop I

Studio Art Credit: 3

Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as an illustration, design and photo retouching tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos. Course competencies and outline follow those set out by the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 101 and MGD 116, or MGD 116 as a corequisite

MGD 112 | Adobe Illustrator I

Studio Art Credit: 3

Acquaints students with the processes of a vector drawing program on the computer. Students learn how to use the tools to create digital artwork that can be used in web design, print media and digital screen design.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 101 and MGD 116

MGD 114 | Adobe InDesign

Studio Art Credit: 3

Introduces students to InDesign, a page layout program which integrates seamlessly with other Adobe design programs. InDesign delivers creative freedom and productivity to DTP. Class discussions and independent projects supplement hands-on classroom work.

Corequisite: MGD 101 and/or MGD 116

MGD 116 | Typography I

Studio Art Credit: 3

Introduces the history and concepts of typography as applied to graphic communications. Explores appropriate use of typography in a variety of design applications, emphasizing the basic design principles of typographic compositions and typesetting. Covers type recognition and typographic terms.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 101, or MGD 101 as a corequisite

MGD 141 | Web Design I

Studio Art Credit: 3

Introduces web site planning, design and creation using industry-standards-based web site development tools. Screen-based color theory, web aesthetics, use of graphics editors and intuitive interface design are explored.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 101 or instructor permission, and grade of C or better in MGD 116

MGD 180 | Internship

Internship Credit: 3

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor.

Prerequisite: MGD 194 and MGD 203 with a grade of C or better

MGD 194 | Service Learning

Practicum Credit: 3

Allows the student to provide a service to the community utilizing knowledge and skills acquired from a course in which the student is curently enrolled or has previously taken at the student`s respective college.

Prerequisite: MGD 114 and MGD 141 with a grade of C or better
Corequisite: MGD 114 and MGD 141

MGD 203 | Design and Concept

Studio Art Credit: 3

Covers the process of comprehensive problem solving of complex and advanced print design. Provides experience in digital production of designs, using multiple computer applications emphasizing concept.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 105

MGD 213 | Electronic Prepress

Studio Art Credit: 3

Explores in detail the electronic prepress process. Students examine steps for preparing a digital file for trapping, output considerations and proofing techniques. Creating effective electronic designs and efficient use of today`s software programs are also covered.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MGD 105

MGD 241 | Web Design II

Studio Art Credit: 3

Expands on previously learned fundamentals of HTML introducing cascading style sheets, DHTML, Java Scripts and CGI forms. Color usage and interface design principles are emphasized in this course. In this course we'll examine Web sites that employ more complex structures, optimal site architecture and navigation necessary for larger and more complex sites.

Prerequisite: MGD 141

MGD 275 | Special Topics

Provides students with a vehicle to pursue in depth exploration of special topics of interest.

Prerequisite: MGD 101 and MGD 116 with a grade of C or better

Note: Special topics courses range from 0-12 credits and vary in learning type. Please see your program chair for more information about your options.

MGD 285 | Independent Study

Independent Study Credit: 0-12

Meets the individual needs of students. Students engage in intensive study or research under the direction of a qualified instructor.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission

MGD 289 | Capstone

Studio Art Credit: 1-6

A demonstrated culmination of learning within a given program of study.

Prerequisite: MGD 105 with a grade of C or better

MGD 294 | Service Learning

Practicum Credit: 3

Allows the student to provide a service to the community utilizing knowledge and skills acquired from a course in which the student is curently enrolled or has previously taken at the student`s respective college.

Prerequisite: MGD 194 and MGD 203 with a grade of C or better