ART-114: Graphic Design Studio 1

Liberal Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Graphic Design Studio 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Prerequisites – ENG-081/093 Eligible or Higher
ART-101, ART-107 or Instructor Permission

Catalog Course Description

An introduction to visual communication using the Adobe Creative Software Suite. Provides a working knowledge of InDesign and Illustrator. Introduction to the fundamentals and principles of design. Explores the design and development of a variety of media, including multi-page print documents and digital output. This class meets for six (6) hours a week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. InDesign basics
    • Use tools, panels and menus to manipulate elements within a document.
  2. Illustrator basics
    • Use tools, panels and menus
    • Use pen and shape tools in the tool palette to create graphic elements.
  3. Fundamentals of typesetting.
    • Define basic print terminology.
    • Construct typographic solutions including appropriate typeface selection.
    • Use typesetting tools such as kerning, tabs, indents, letter, and line spacing.
  4. Design methodology.
    • Demonstrate conceptual development, research, and sketching.
  5. Fundamentals of design including grid, layout, and hierarchy.
    • Create multi-page and single page design documents which employ both hierarchy and grid.
  6. Color theory in relation to print and digital media design.
    • Express visual harmony through the use of color theory
    • Use CMYK and RGB in both print and online formats.
  7. InDesign time saving techniques: styles, layers, master pages, and local pages.
    • Construct a multi-page document using time saving techniques.
  8. Saving documents for output, using correct file formats.
    • Choose correct file saving formats for a variety of outputs.
    • Use document pre-press techniques for packaging, digital output, and PDF formats.
  9. Vector graphics.
    • Use Illustrator to create vector graphics for use in a variety of media.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Assigned projects including single, multi-page print and web based documents
  • Test as described in the course syllabus
  • Class Participation includes discussions and critiques
  • Projects as described in the course syllabus

Text determined by department/instructor


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolio Review
Portfolio Review Details

Provide, in writing, a request to the department. Indicate the rationale for requesting credit and describing the type of college-level learning or course descriptions. Portfolio must contain 3-5 pieces of evidence that illustrates competency in all course learning objectives. Department faculty will evaluate submitted portfolios based on the evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in Division Office. Interview with appropriate departmental faculty to discuss the request and work samples.

Interview Details

Interview, given in department by department faculty. Faculty will interview applicants based on submitted portfolio and will assess against evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in Division Office.

Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date