Course Descriptions

Exploring Digital Design

Organizations hire design professionals—in part, for their creative talents; but ultimately—to solve problems. So what principles, processes, and tools should you have in your creative, visual problem-solving toolkit? In this course, you will consider how designers think, how design approaches, processes, and tools might vary for different mediums, and how to communicate a story through design. You are invited to explore the world of digital design, drawing examples from your immediate environment and from the works of historic, notable designers. In addition, you explore potential design careers. Welcome, your design journey begins here!

Co-Requisite: Visual Thinking and Graphic Design

Visual Thinking and Graphic Design

Students in this course build a visual design toolkit useful to all design careers and, differentiate design principles from design technology tools. Emphasis is on visual and analytical thinking, the language of design, craftsmanship, time management, and the development of graphic design skills through a series of exercises culminating in a final course project. Topics include visual thinking, ideation and creativity, design principles and process, understanding the creative brief, digital image making, raster and vector graphics, and the purpose and function of specific design tools.

Co-Requisite: Exploring Digital Design

Designing Online Experiences

Surfing, shopping, and “meeting up” used to be associated with physical movement but now, you can do them all via the Internet while sitting at home. Yet, the Internet and the experiences of its online users are interactive. This course introduces students to planning and designing effective, interactive online experiences including web pages, blogs, and social media. Students critically evaluate existing experiences for quality, accessibility, and design, and create their own experiences for a course project along with accompanying images for the web. Topics include information architecture, navigation and interactivity, HTML, CSS, accessibility, image manipulation for the web, and search engine optimization.

3D Trends, Tools and Techniques

Widespread access to technology and information fosters the development of new products, innovations, and trendsetting ideas. Students in this course explore the latest 3D trends and gain skills in 3D modeling both as a tool for the design process and as a state-of-the-art presentation technique. Topics include 3D hard Surface Modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. Through creation of new work for a course project and critique of existing work, students gain skills to support the development of their own trendsetting ideas and innovations.

Pre-requisite: Exploring Digital Design, Visual Thinking and Graphic Design

Video and Motion Design

Whether on screen or the Internet, the power of digital video permeates society. Students in this course leverage digital video and motion graphics to tell a story or communicate an organizational message. Emphasis is on the fundamental aspects of the pre-production, production, and post-production phases of digital video development and the use of non-linear, digital video editing software to create video and motion graphics/animations for multimedia and the web. Topics include storyboarding, narrative structure, camera techniques, sound, editing techniques, animation, and finalizing video for distribution.