DSGN 1151: Communication Design I

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Course Format Lecture 3.0 h + Seminar 1.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

This course is a basic graphic design course that addresses good design applied in everyday print situations. The intent is to create an awareness of graphic design principles and processes to accomplish tasks such as the design of logos, business cards, self promotional materials, stationery packages, resume design, and simple ads. Basic knowledge of type classifications, letter and word spacing, strategies of layout, and creative thinking will all assist the novice designer to make good choices based on knowledge of sound design principles. Whether the student is entering a general arts area or a path focused on design, the skills gathered in this course, along with the accomplishments of projects assigned, will give the student a strong design foundation for a variety of computer software applications. With the importance of the computer in day-to-day information, skills to create visual communication (graphic design) are a necessity. This course encourages creative thought, visual communication vocabulary, layout skills, typography knowledge, and visual solutions as opposed to teaching software applications directly. All projects in this class can be hand-done or done using basic computer skills.

Students will receive credit for only one of DDSN 1151 and DSGN 1151.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Design Formation Program or the Professional Photography Program.

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