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
ART-101 and ART-107 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the Adobe Creative Software Suite. Provides a working knowledge of InDesign and Illustrator. Explores the design and development of a variety of media, including multi-page print documents and digital output.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. InDesign basics
    • Use tools and menus to manipulate page elements.
  2. Illustrator basics
    • Use 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 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.
    • Use hierarchy and grid.
  6. Color theory in relation to print and digital media design.
    • Employ Pantone color swatch selection and spot colors for use in print projects.
    • Use CMYK and RGB in both print and online formats.
  7. InDesign time saving techniques: styles, layers, master pages, and local pages.
    • Develop a multi-page document using time saving techniques.
  8. File formats and saving for output.
    • Use file saving formats for a variety of outputs.
    • Save documents using pre-press techniques, packaging, digital output, and PDF formats.
  9. Vector graphics.
    • Use Illustrator to create vector graphics for use in InDesign documents.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Assigned projects including single, multi-page print and web based documents
  • Exams
  • Other assessments as deemed appropriate by the instructor

Text determined by department/instructor

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 The School of Liberal Arts 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 The School of Liberal Arts office.

Other Details

Determined by department.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2018
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date